Austin Aztex moves up to USL PRO

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Aztex minor league soccer team will be make a jump up, entering USL PRO for the 2015 season.

USL PRO is a third-tier professional league with 18 members to date. The Aztex join the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Louisville City FC, Saint Louis DC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC who have announced joining USL PRO for the 2015 season.

The Aztex owners made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday morning where owner David Markley said the USL PRO is  “proven path to the MLS.”

The Aztex are owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, which includes Chairman Rene van de Zande and Markley, founder of ATX SOCCER LLC.

Additionally, Circuit of the Americas Founder and Chairman Bobby Epstein and Paul Thornton, president of TAG Presents, announced they will join the Aztex as new owners. COTA will be considered as a venue option for matches, but the owners said they will work with civic leaders for all options.

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