Edinburg, Tx (March 11, 2019) ¾ Supporters that represent four Texas USL teams have formed Copa Tejas, an award given at the end of the 2019 USL Championship regular season to the Texas team with the best head-to-head record among the four clubs, organizers announced today.
The four teams – San Antonio FC, Austin Bold FC, Rio Grande Valley Toros and El Paso Locomotive FC – will be competing for Copa Tejas during home-and-away matchups, starting March 23 when RGV visits El Paso for the first-ever game in the trophy’s series. The following Saturday, March 30, SAFC will travel to Austin for the first-ever meeting between those two clubs.
Copa Tejas’ format will be similar to the Cascadia Cup and the head-to-head competition between MLS teams Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. Points will be earned during the regular season – three for a victory, one for a draw and no points for a loss. The team that accumulates the most points during the regular USL season, excluding possible U.S. Open match ups and playoffs, will be awarded the trophy in October and will keep it and bragging rights for a year. If a tiebreaker is necessary, it will be determined first by goal differential, with other criterion considered as necessary.
SAFC’s Supporters’ Groups, RGV FC Stampede, El Paso 8th Notch, and Austin Bold Supporters’ Groups will be coordinating to make the first-year trophy run a memorable one. Copa Tejas organizers Steve Arters and Danielle Gawronski will coordinate between all supporters’ groups and handle the trophy’s administration.
“The timing is perfect for Copa Tejas and it’s going to give matches between the Texas teams an added edge right away, not only on the field, but in the stands between all the supporters and fans,” said Copa Tejas organizer Steve Arters.
Organizer Danielle Gawronski added she couldn’t wait to see how the teams’ supporters are going to have “fun developing the rivalries.” “Now the so-called state champion receives a trophy to signify a great accomplishment and that team’s supporters can celebrate with bragging rights,” she said.
While Copa Tejas will encourage fierce competition on the and off the pitch, it also will encourage camaraderie between the various supporters groups across Texas. Texas USL Supporters, known for their large, loud and entertaining tailgates, will invite visiting supporters to party with them prior to home games all over Texas and be looking to join other supporters’ tailgates when traveling around the state.
To learn more, please visit www.copatejas.com.
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