The Texas Lower Division Shuffle: And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Debt


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Bob Dobalina says:

    The US doesn’t have two second divisions since the USSF has designated USL Pro as Div 3 and NASL as Div 2.

  2. Elliott says:

    1) Currently, it is crystal clear that there is only one single Second Division in the USA. How long it remains that way, Lord only knows.

    2) Sitsanthaparn actually took over the Bravos in 2009 after a company called ARSA,which founded the team, was ready to call it quits.

    3)Sitsanthaparn is actually not that individuals’ real name – it apparently is Rudy Cisneros but he changed it after getting arrested for sexual assault as a teacher in 2000 or 2001.

    And the shady carousel could spin on and on forever…..

  3. Matthew says:

    To add another similar tale, that English fans will remember. The Austin Aztex Professional team, owned by Phil Rawlins of Stoke City fame, up and left Austin without so much as telling sponsors in October, 2010. The way fans, sponsors and many in the Austin soccer community heard about this move was when Rawlins showed up in Orlando touting the new team, Orlando City Soccer Club, which won the Division 3 (USL Pro) Championship in their first season with players that represented a bulk of the Austin team. Now, they’re lobbying MLS to be the 20th MLS team. Wimbledon/MK Dons anyone?

  4. elliott says:

    The Aztex move to Orlando just may be the least tactful franchise relocation in the history of American sports. I still feel sorry for y’all up there.

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