Austin Aztex News Release – www.austinaztex.com
Friday, January 30, 2008
AUSTIN, TX — The Austin Aztex FC announced today the signing of three players to the 2009 USL First Division squad including a player from last year’s Aztex PDL squad, a player from the PDL St. Louis Lions, and a former English youth international and Championship player.
Alex Tapp, who moved to the United States seven months ago from England, gained valuable experience playing for the English national U-15 and U-16 teams before beginning a professional career at 18. The center midfielder remained a member of the Wimbledon in the English Championship for four years until the club controversially changed its name and location while becoming the Milton Keynes Dons in 2003.
According to Tapp, it’s taken some time adjusting to the Texas weather as well as the artificial turf. “The biggest difference between English and U.S soccer used to be the standard of play in the leagues, but in the last couple years the gap has closed with teams like the Aztex forming and the whole country being more aware of soccer in the U.S.”
Wes Allen, an Austin native, played center-back in 2008 for the Aztex PDL/U23 team. He earned Third Team All-American Honors as a freshman at Oakland University before joining the University of Texas club team several years ago.
“It’s awesome to play in my hometown because I love Austin,” Allen said. “I get to play in front of my friends and family and that’s a good feeling.”
The Aztex also announced the signing of another PDL player, Jarius Holmes of Illinois. Holmes, who was born in Japan, played for the St. Louis Lions in 2008. Prior to joining the Lions, he was a two-time junior college All-American at Southwestern Illinois College. Holmes said soccer was his destiny.
“When my family lived in Germany, we lived next to a soccer stadium. I used to watch all the games and then I got into club soccer when we moved to the States. I’m really excited to join the Aztex.”