San Antonio Inaugural USL Schedule Released

USL San Antonio Announce Public Tryout

With the San Antonio USL team beginning to shape, one important part of that will be gaining talent for open try-outs. On Monday, USL San Antonio announced that they will hold those open tryouts on February 5th at Toyota Field and STAR Soccer Complex.

Darren Powell will be in attendance at these tryouts, so it will be a golden opportunity for players to prove their worth for the club. Players can pay $125 forregistration which will include a t-shirt, all refreshments to perform and, of course, the opportunity to impress the manager.

These tryouts were held in every San Antonio Scorpions but they are rarely something that saw talent was drawn from. Only five players in the history of the San Antonio Scorpion came from tryouts with Esteban Bayona, Sean Arters, Danny Medina, Craig Hill and Dominic Papa being the only players to come from those tryouts.

With Powell as the coach of the San Antonio USL team it is easy to assume that he will be much more interested in the tryouts to build the squad. Powell has stated that he is looking at a younger squad, and is known for valuing good skills and both of those things could be easily noticed in a tryout, with many young players falling through the cracks.

The tryouts will take place on February 5th, with players given their own timeslots after registering, the earliest being at 8am. Following the tryouts on the 5th the best of that crop will be invited back on February 13th and from there the selections for the team will be made.

Tim Holt Joins USL San Antonio

San Antonio’s USL team has their first exclusive executive as they appointed Tim Holt as the managing director of the club. Holt will also serve as a Vice President for Spurs Sports and Entertainment and will be in charge of all off field elements of the club, and collaborate with head coach Darren Powell on player signings.

Holt follows the same route to San Antonio as Darren Powell, joining the club from Orlando City, whom he joined in 2015. Holt was the vice president of development at Orlando, helping in the establishment of Orlando City B in the USL and Orlando Pride in the NWSL.

Prior to joining Orlando City, Tim Holt was the president of USL, serving with the organization from 2009-2015, leading the USL Pro and PDL from contraction to growth. It was under Holt’s leadership that the USL linked with Major League Soccer, and to add a Texas link, it was Holt who handed the Austin Aztex their PDL Championship trophy.

It was also while USL was under Holt’s leadership that Spurs Sports and Entertainment first made contact with the league. “We’ve known Tim a long time and have always admired his leadership and dedication in leading the USL and expanding soccer in the U.S.,” said Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations, in the press release. “Tim is one of the top executives in soccer and with his extensive experience in this industry, there isn’t a better person to lead our franchise.”

Holt is ready to hit the ground running, although not in San Antonio yet, he will be arriving shortly and set forth his goals in the press release. “I’m excited to be a part of one of the most respected organizations in all of professional sports and join the kick off for this unique opportunity to develop soccer in San Antonio,” said Tim Holt. “We will elevate professional soccer in San Antonio to the highest level and provide the community with the best possible fan experience. With our collaborative partnership with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County and the support of a passionate fan base, we have a great foundation in place for success.”

USL San Antonio set to name Darren Powell as First head Coach

San Antonio’s new USL team will be announcing their new coach on a Thursday afternoon press conference at Toyota Field. It is expected that coach will be revealed as Darren Powell, which was initially reported by Paul Tenorio at the Orlando Sentinel reported and sources confirmed to the San Antonio Soccer Examiner on Wednesday.

Powell will join the club from Orlando City SC where he served as part of the coaching staff at Orlando City’s US Soccer Development Academy. With a USSF DA being in the plans for the new club in San Antonio, Powell will no doubt be focused on helping build that.

The role at San Antonio will be Powell’s first ever professional head coaching position, following in the footsteps of former Scorpions coach, now at Rayo OKC, Alen Marcina. Powell does have success from his collegiate career as he served for nine years.

The signing of Powell, makes him the second Elon coach to work in San Antonio, with former UTSA Women’s Soccer Head Coach, Steve Ballard also having spent time at Elon. Ballard was there from 1978 – 1987 and gave Eton their first silverware while Powell is the only other Elon coach to claim silverware.

While at Elon Powell claimed five trophies for the school, winning two regular season titles and three consecutive conference championships. In 2012, Powell claimed the double at Elon and gave Elon soccer their first ever NCAA post-season win in 2013, his last season with the Phoenix.

Under Powell, three Elon players went on to sign MLS contracts with Steven Kinney being drafted by Chicago Fire in 2010, Clint Irwin joining the Colorado Rapids in 2011, and Gabe Latigue joining New England Revolution in 2012. Chris Thomas is a notable absence there, having won All-American honors while coached by Powell who won conference coach of the year in 2005, 2008 and 2012.

After leaving Elon, Powell has been serving at Orlando City SC’s USSF DA as part of the coaching staff, serving as head coach for the U17/18 squad. Under Powell, Orlando City have put together an organization seeking to build a pathway to MLS success, San Antonio will be looking to build the same thing, and Powell’s success at developing players is unquestioned, now he makes the next step in his career and will hopefully be taking San Antonio with him.