Go back further and you may find the chicane on top of the misfortune and failure. In 2004, a group started the Austin Posse with a list of friendlies and big talk about joining the Mexican league instead of an American division. When they drew the UANL Tigers (or at least a version of the Liga MX giants) to town and made notable signings like US internationals Roy Lassiter and Chad Deering, it appeared they could actually mean business. .
Then the main directors left town without warning, leaving the players, the sponsors and everyone else to hold the bag. The ‘Soccer Watch’ column of the Austin Chronicle, a staple of ATX football lovingly curated for decades by Nick Barbaro, ranked the Posse Saga as the best football story in town for 2004 in its January 7, 2005 edition:
“With almost no prior publicity, this professional start-up team presented a major league roster and announced matches against top teams from four different nations. Then, just as suddenly, they were gone – after just three games of exhibition, and leaving behind an ocean of ill will, unpaid debts and an act that is difficult for the next people to be brave enough to try to bring professional football to Austin.
Earlier attempts to establish high profile football roots in the rocky soil of Hill Country date back to the 1980s, with names like Sockadillos, Lone Stars, Lightning and Thunder rarely winning much or drawing more than two thousand through the gates. . While House Park was a central and atmospheric location, the school district banned beer sales and eventually laid artificial turf with unsightly grid marks, and teams generally withered when looking for better options in the suburbs.