You may have been watching social media as tryouts for women’s amateur teams have been announced over the past few weeks. It seems like a new team pops up practically every week. You may have been following your favorite team and missed when the fifth women’s team in the city was announced by tweet on February 7th. Who will be the best women’s team in SA, and how will this raise the level of local competition?
Here’s a recap of the teams so you are caught up and ready for an exciting and competitive season of soccer.
San Antonio Athenians Soccer Club – Founded in 2017 playing in the WPSL. Took a sabbatical for the summer of 2018. This summer they will be playing in the United Women’s Soccer (UWS). They will be the only SA team playing in the UWS. They will join FC Austin Elite and the reigning UWS National Champions Houston Aces. Home field will be Cornerstone Christian with a 5,000 seat stadium. It looks like they are expecting to pick up where they left off with some international friendlies to pack that stadium. In the summer of 2017, the Athenians played Liga MX feminil teams Pachuca and Tigres. They have already announced an international match against Pumas on Sunday, March 3 at 4pm. In the Athenians first season they were very competitive and finished the season in the top 3 in the WPSL South Texas Conference. At their first tryout, they had a few players from the original team attend. Currently they are in pursuit of a new coach. They are hosting tryouts March 3rd and April 7th. https://www.sanantonioathenians.com/
San Antonio Blossoms – First season was the Summer of 2018 in the WPSL, and they will be returning to the WPSL. The Blossoms are a branch of the youth club Classic Elite (CE). CE is part of the ECNL. The team practices at the CE McAllister fields and have home games at Blossom Athletic Center. The team is coached by Owen Collie and Aaron Metzger. The first season record was 2-5-1 as they took the season to be introduced to the league and conference. There was some young talent being developed and playing at a high level. Expect to see the likes of goal scorer Marissa Arias and leader and mid-fielder Becca Mays to make an impact. Their next round of tryouts will be March 12th and 13th. https://www.sanantonioblossoms.com/
Sambas FC San Antonio – Announced a few months back, the Sambas will be playing in a brand-new league, UPSL Women. Their brother club started a year ago in the UPSL Men. Home Field will be at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, also the practice field. Agustin “Auggie” Mendez is familiar with the women’s game in SA. He was the head coach with the Athenians during their first season and brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff. They completed their first tryout in December and have not announced the next tryout for the women. John Rexroat, Coach for the Men’s team, will fill the General Manager role for the Women’s team. They are focused on developing talent and giving women opportunities. https://www.sambafcsa.com/
Alamo City SC – Joins the WPSL this summer in their first season to be the second team in SA in the WPSL. Alamo City has a youth club of the same name as it’s parent club. The team will practice and play their home games at the Alamo Sportsplex. They are in the process of renovating a field to have a showcase field. They want this to be a destination for the community on the Westside and plan to bring some of the best food trucks out. The head coach is Brian Davis, who has experience as the UTSA Assistant Coach. Davis is joined by Goalkeeping Coach David Cavasos and Assistant Coach Neil Hull. They enjoyed the community spirit of the first tryout and look to be competitive in their first season. They have completed their first tryout and will host several more to field the best team possible, March 13, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 14, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 16, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 17, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 27, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm. https://www.alamocitysoccerclub.com/wpsl
Alamo City SC Reserve Team – The announcement for this fifth women’s team in SA was made quietly in a tweet by the UPSL Central Conference. There will be 6 total teams in this conference. Alamo City will join Sambas in the Central Conference of the UPSL Women in it’s inaugural season. As you can tell by the name, this team is an offshoot of the Alamo City SC amateur women’s team playing in the WPSL. This will give players an opportunity to develop to bring their skills to the level of being ready to play in WPSL or college. March 13, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 14, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 16, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 17, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am, March 27, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm.https://www.alamocitysoccerclub.com/wpsl