The Austin Aztex are Back
The Austin Aztex will be back playing soccer next year just as they were when they started out in 2008, participating in the USL Premier Development League (PDL).
David Markley, founder and minority owner of the previous Aztex franchise, spoke to former Aztex supporters, Eberly’s Army (formerly Chantico’s Army) on Sunday giving them the news.
Markley was the original owner of the Aztex PDL team in Austin. The Austin businessman was Director of Operations in 2008 and General Manager for the Aztex PDL team in 2009. He owned the rights to a PDL team in 2007 but soon relinquished those rights to Phil Rawlins who had plans of playing at a higher level. Rawlins did elevate the team to USL-1 and then the USSF D-2 Pro League before disbanding. He then moved to Orlando, starting a new team which participated this past year in USL-PRO. Understandably, the move was not taken well by the many Aztex supporters in the Austin area.
According to a press release, Markley has been working to bring soccer back to Austin since Rawlin’s move to Florida. His new team will keep the Aztex name but has already released a new logo. It features the lone star which is representative of the state’s capital, and emphasizes the letters ATX, a commonly used acronym for the city.
“I am glad to help build a bridge where Austin’s talented athletes can pursue their dreams of playing professionally,” said Markley. “Twenty players who participated in our PDL team in 2008 and 2009 have gone on to play professionally, with two more poised to join their ranks. Austin da Luz and Matt Gold are currently competing in the MLS, and Miguel Gallardo was recently named USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year. I’m excited to see which of Austin’s elite players will follow in their footsteps next.”