D.C. United, Columbus Crew SC and FC Dallas will join the Aztex for the ATX Pro Challenge at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus, the American-Statesman learned Saturday night.
The preseason event — Austin’s first experience with top-quality U.S. soccer — will consist of a semifinal doubleheader Friday, Feb. 13, and a championship and consolation match Feb. 15. The first-day pairings are Crew SC vs. FC Dallas and D.C. United vs. the Aztex.
“We wanted to assimilate into the corporate community and we wanted to assimilate into our fan culture,” he told The Dispatch. “I think if I had to measure those things very broadly speaking, I think we’ve done a really nice job of working rapidly toward accomplishing those goals.”
“Loughnane continued a longstanding Crew policy of not disclosing season-ticket numbers other than to say the club is trending to increase its totals by a thousand members per year. Under Crew owner Precourt Sports Ventures, the team has shifted the focus from focusing exclusively on season-ticket totals to selling out Crew Stadium.
This past season, the Crew set a team record with five sellouts and established a single-season attendance record of 286,976 fans, but only 9,074 were on hand for the first home playoff game since 2010. It was the lowest home playoff crowd in Crew history.”