United Soccer League
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Kick off 19.00 Actual 19.11
Rio Grande Valley F.C. Toros 1 Arizona United 1, attendance 1,656
@ University Texas Rio Grande Valley Soccer and Track & Field Complex
North Jackson Road
Edinburg, TX 78541
This one was an ideal double with last nights match, although it meant a 330 mile drive south west to within a couple of miles of the Mexican border. It was also on the priority ‘ to do’ list, as the stadium is only being used as a temporary home whilst their own brand new stadium is completed. The fact of the distance involved and booking ahead for hotels and flights, meant booking tickets ahead as well to guarantee us getting in, which was done over the phone with tickets collected on arrival at the stadium. We needn’t have panicked, as our crowd estimate of 800 was on the generous side and nowhere near the official figure of double that. RGV Toros, who have joined the U.S.L. this season, are actually a hybrid affiliate of M.L.S. club Houston Dynamo, which sees Dynamo responsible for the tactical side of the club, with the ownership group, Lone Star, responsible for operations and day to day management.
After an overnight stop in Edinburg I was dropped off at McAllen International Airport, less than 5 miles from our hotel. I was taking the flight back to Dallas, but the driver would be taking in matches in San Antonio and Fort Worth, both at stadiums I had already visited, before arriving at our house late tomorrow evening.