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Austin USL team to unveil name, coach, players early next month

The name, brand, coach and at least a few players for Austin’s new United Soccer League franchise will be announced Aug. 3 at Circuit of the Americas. USL Austin released the details for the reveal Thursday. The event will begin at 10 a.m. inside the circuit’s Velocity Lounge, and will be invite only. “We’ve been working extremely hard since we received the green light from...

Garlick hits grand slam, leads Dodgers over Express

Kyle Garlick hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, leading the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 7-5 win over the Round Rock Express Saturday at Dell Diamond. Brian Schlitter struck Tony Sanchez out with runners on first and third to end the game for his 13th save of the season. The grand slam by Garlick scored Tim Locastro, Kyle Farmer, and Edwin Rios to give the Dodgers (48-40) a 7-4 lead. In the bottom...

Farmer leads Oklahoma City over Round Rock

Kyle Farmer had three hits and drove in two runs as the Oklahoma City Dodgers topped the Round Rock Express 8-5 Friday at Dell Diamond. Oklahoma City (47-40) scored in six different innings in the victory, including the fifth, when Edwin Rios hit a two-run double. Rios finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. Alex Verdugo also went 2-for-4 for the Dodgers, scoring three runs. Tim Locastro...
City to hold information session about MLS stadium benefits

City to hold information session about MLS stadium benefits

The debate surrounding a Major League Soccer stadium proposal is coming to the Central Library, but don’t expect it to get any quieter. In a Friday news release, the city announced it will hold an information session next Thursday to gather feedback on community benefits that could be derived from a stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin. The meeting, which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m...

Alberto leads Round Rock to win over Oklahoma City

Hanser Alberto had three hits, including a three-run home run, and four RBIs as the Round Rock Express topped the Oklahoma City Dodgers 8-4 Thursday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The win was the seventh in eight tries for the Express. Round Rock has won 14 of its last 18 contests. Up 3-2, the Express added to their lead in the fourth inning when Alberto hit a three-run home run to score Cliff Pennington...

Express hammer out 21 hits, 18 runs in win

The Round Rock Express closed the first half of the Pacific Coast League season with a bang Sunday, pounding the host Oklahoma City Dodgers 18-8. The Express (43-46) smacked 21 hits on their way to their season-high run total. Drew Robinson had four hits and Christian Lopes and Hanser Alberto had three apiece. Robinson homered and singled three times, scored three runs and drove in two. Lopes homered...

Mora’s single leads Oklahoma City over Express

Angelo Mora hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to boost the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the Round Rock Express on Saturday night in Oklahoma City. The single by Mora capped a four-run inning that put the Dodgers ahead 6-5. Earlier in the inning, Edwin Rios and Travis Taijeron drew walks with the bases loaded. Zach Neal (1-0) got the win in relief while Jeffrey Springs (0-2) took...
Tigres brings big guns to Dell for Mexican soccer friendly

Tigres brings big guns to Dell for Mexican soccer friendly

On a Sunday when the World Cup takes a break, some familiar names from soccer’s last showcase will be on display at Dell Diamond. Tigres UANL will take on Pachuca in a Liga MX friendly, and powerful Tigres is expected to be featuring 2014 World Cup forwards Enner Valencia of Ecuador and Eduardo Vargas of Chile. Forward Andre Pierre Gignac, or simply Dede, is a French international who played...
Soccer: Tigres, Pachuca hold public workouts in Round Rock today

Soccer: Tigres, Pachuca hold public workouts in Round Rock today

Ahead of Sunday’s match at Dell Diamond, two Liga MX teams will work out Saturday at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Old Settlers Park. The practices for Tigres UANL and Pachuca are open to the public, free of charge. Tigres will be on the field from 5-7 p.m., and Pachuca will go from 7-9 p.m. “It’s a good chance to see the players up close in a more personal setting,&rdquo...

Roth leads Round Rock to fifth straight win

Michael Roth tossed six scoreless innings, leading the Round Rock Express over the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a 3-1 win on Friday in Oklahoma. The win makes it five straight, and 12 out of the last 15, for the Express. Round Rock is now just three wins away from getting back to .500. They still trail Memphis by double digits in the American South standings. Roth (5-4) picked up the win after he struck...
Express closer R.J. Alvarez turns high heat into All-Star stuff

Express closer R.J. Alvarez turns high heat into All-Star stuff

When R.J. Alvarez isn’t closing games for the Round Rock Express, he probably can be found deep sea fishing back home in South Florida. The Pacific Coast League’s saves leader, voted into the Triple-A All-Star game next Wednesday, owns a boat and finds both challenge and relaxation in the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean. “I’ve got a few sweet spots and really enjoy going...

Alberto, Cole lead Express to fourth straight win

Hanser Alberto homered and singled, driving in three runs as the Round Rock Express topped the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-3 on Thursday in Oklahoma. Hunter Cole doubled and singled twice with an RBI and a run for Round Rock. The win marks the fourth straight for the Express. Round Rock (41-45) started the scoring with a big second inning, when Nick Noonan hit a two-run single and then scored on a two-run...

Alberto, Centeno lift Round Rock over Oklahoma City

Hanser Alberto tripled and singled twice, driving in four runs and scoring a pair as the Round Rock Express defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday in Oklahoma. Juan Centeno singled three times with a run and an RBI for Round Rock. The Express scored three runs over the final three innings to secure the series opener and a third straight win. Trailing 2-0 in the third, Oklahoma City cut...

Heineman leads Round Rock to series-ending win over Sky Sox

Scott Heineman had four hits and scored two runs as the Round Rock Express defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8-4 on Tuesday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The win was the second straight for the Express. Round Rock had won seven in a row before losing three straight to start the series with the Sky Sox. Round Rock took the lead in the first inning when it put up three runs, including RBI singles...
Express prepare for large fireworks crowd tonight

Express prepare for large fireworks crowd tonight

The Round Rock Express are expecting a sellout crowd for their Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza Tuesday night and urging fans to arrive early at Dell Diamond. As of mid-afternoon, only a limited amount of tickets remain. More than 11,000 have been sold, and the crowd should hit the 12,000 mark for a game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Outfield berm seating is first come, first served....

Sky Sox, Nottingham edge Express 6-4 in extra innings

Jacob Nottingham’s two-run single in the 10th inning gave the Colorado Springs Sky Sox a 6-4 victory over the Round Rock Express Saturday night at Dell Diamond. Nottingham drove in four runs, including a two-run homer, to help the Sky Sox (45-35) win their second straight against the Express (37-44). He has homered in three of his past four games and has knocked in 10 runs in the four-game span...

Moore’s triple leads Colorado Springs to win over Round Rock

Dylan Moore hit a run-scoring triple in the ninth inning, leading the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 3-2 win over the Round Rock Express on Friday. The Express saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end with the loss. Erik Davis got Andy Ibanez to ground out with runners on first and second to end the game for his first save of the season. The triple by Moore, part of a two-run inning, gave...

Joseph, Lopes lead the way for Round Rock’s seventh win in a row

Tommy Joseph and Christian Lopes each homered and drove in two runs as the Round Rock Express defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers 7-2 on Thursday. With the victory, the Express swept the four-game series — a first for this season — and extended its win streak to seven games. Omaha (35-43) tied the game 2-2 in the fifth after Humberto Arteaga scored on a ground out and Frank Schwindel hit...

Express closer Alvarez makes PCL All-Star team

Relief pitcher R.J. Alvarez will represent the Round Rock Express in the Triple-A All-Star game July 11 in Columbus, Ohio. Alvarez, a 27-year-old closer, leads the Pacific Coast League with 15 saves and is second to Lehigh Valley’s Pedro Beato in all of Triple-A ball with 21 saves. Alvarez will be making his first career All-Star appearance. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native has been overpowering...

Alberto’s single leads Round Rock over Nashville in 10 innings

Hanser Alberto hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Round Rock Express to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds on Saturday night in Tenn. Hunter Cole scored the go-ahead run on the single after he started the inning on second. R.J. Alvarez got Brett Vertigan to ground out with runners on second and third to end the game for his 13th save of the season. Alvarez leads the Pacific...

Ibanez’s single leads Round Rock to win over Nashville

Andy Ibanez hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Sounds on Friday in Nashville. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Express. Tommy Joseph scored on the play after he reached base with two outs on an error. It was the second run scored by Joseph on the night. Jorge Mateo hit an RBI triple, bringing home Nick Martini...

Neuse, Laureano lift Nashville over Round Rock

Sheldon Neuse homered and singled, scoring two runs as the Nashville Sounds topped the Round Rock Express 7-4 in the series opener in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday. Ramon Laureano homered and singled with a pair of runs and a couple of RBIs for Nashville. Round Rock grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fourth after Tony Sanchez and Scott Heineman hit RBI singles. Trailing 4-3, the Sounds took the lead for good...

Dykxhoorn, Tucker spur Fresno to win over Round Rock

Kyle Tucker had three hits and scored two runs, and Brock Dykxhoorn allowed just four hits over seven innings as the Fresno Grizzlies topped the Round Rock Express 5-3 on Tuesday. The Grizzlies swept the four-game series with the win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Brendan McCurry allowed a run but got Andy Ibanez to hit into a double play to end the game for his eighth save of the season. Dykxhoorn...

Fresno offense rolls over Round Rock

Myles Straw had three hits and scored three runs as the Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Round Rock Express 9-3 in a Pacific Coast League game Monday night at Dell Diamond. Josh James (2-2) got the win, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two. Fresno started the scoring in the first inning. After leading off with a single, Straw advanced to second on a single...
Astros prospects tearing up Triple-A as they await call to big club

Astros prospects tearing up Triple-A as they await call to big club

The defending World Series champions from Houston keep knocking it out of the park on all accounts, showcasing an 11-game winning streak and flashing one of the best records in the major leagues. The group coming up right behind them is pretty formidable, as well. The Fresno Grizzlies, in town through Tuesday to play the Round Rock Express for a taste of Astros vs. Rangers, Triple-A style, are running...
Astros’ Triple-A pitcher flirts with no-hitter against Express

Astros’ Triple-A pitcher flirts with no-hitter against Express

The Houston Astros’ first-place top affiliate rolled into town with a long list of accomplished hitters, some of whom have played for the World Series champions. But it was Fresno starting pitcher Trent Thornton who stole the show Saturday night, throwing 7 2/3 no-hit innings against Round Rock in a 6-1 Grizzlies’ win. Express third baseman Nick Noonan, who played nearly 300 games for...

Perez’s double leads Sacramento to win over Round Rock

Eury Perez hit a run-scoring double in the seventh inning, leading the Sacramento River Cats to a 3-1 win over the Round Rock Express on Friday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The River Cats won the series 2-1. Derek Law allowed a run, but struck Juan Centeno out with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season. The double by Perez, part of a three-run inning, broke a scoreless...

Round Rock beats Sacramento with walk-off single

Hunter Cole hit a walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning as the Round Rock Express defeated the Sacramento River Cats 6-5 on Thursday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Andy Ibanez scored the game-winning run after he started the inning on second. The win kept the Express from losing a third straight game. The Express tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth when Tommy Joseph hit an RBI single...
Marlies dominate Stars 6-1 to win their first Calder Cup championship

Marlies dominate Stars 6-1 to win their first Calder Cup championship

The Texas Stars pushed their Calder Cup Finals series to the limit with an impressive road performance Tuesday in Game 6, but in Game 7 Thursday night, the Toronto Marlies dominated from start to finish in a 6-1 win for the championship at Ricoh Coliseum. The victory gave the Marlies — who had the American Hockey League’s best regular-season record — their first league title and...

Blanco, Duggar lift Sacramento over Round Rock in series opener

Gregor Blanco was a triple short of the cycle, driving in two runs as the Sacramento River Cats beat the Round Rock Express 7-5 in the series opener on Wednesday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Steven Duggar doubled and singled twice, also stealing a base for Sacramento. Down 1-0, the River Cats took the lead for good with six runs in the second inning. The River Cats sent 10 men to the plate as Ronnie...
Stars brush off Marlies 5-2 to force Game 7 in Calder Cup finals

Stars brush off Marlies 5-2 to force Game 7 in Calder Cup finals

The Texas Stars, after losing two of their three games at home to trail the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals series 3-2 against the Toronto Marlies, responded Tuesday night with their backs against the wall. Curtis McKenzie, Travis Morin, Austin Fyten, Sheldon Dries and Colin Markison each scored for Texas but it was the stellar goaltending of Mike McKenna that was the deciding factor in the Stars&rsquo...
On to Toronto: Stars fall 6-2, face 3-2 deficit in Calder Cup Finals

On to Toronto: Stars fall 6-2, face 3-2 deficit in Calder Cup Finals

Justin Dowling, Curtis McKenzie and Travis Morin’s first shift of Game 5 on Saturday night started similar to Game 4. They dominated possession, created numerous chances and generally out-played the Toronto Marlies. But a turnover at the point by Brent Regner to Toronto’s speedy youngster, Andreas Johnsson, turned the shift into what Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal described as a &ldquo...

Lopes’ inside-the-park homer helps Round Rock thump Las Vegas

Christian Lopes hit a three-run inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning to help the Round Rock Express roll to a 12-5 win over the Las Vegas 51s in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night. The home run by Lopes capped a four-run inning and gave the Express a 6-4 lead. Juan Centeno hit a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning to score Ryan Rua, who had walked and advanced to third on Tommy Joseph&rsquo...
Austin developer offers $22.5 million for McKalla Place

Austin developer offers $22.5 million for McKalla Place

On the same day soccer was placed on the Austin City Council agenda for next week, a developer made a proposal to the city Friday to purchase McKalla Place for $22.5 million. Precourt Sports Ventures recently proposed to the city to privately finance a $200 million Major League Soccer stadium, to be home for Columbus Crew SC, on that 24-acre site. Commercial real estate developers Marcus Whitfield...
Stars thwart Marlies to even Calder Cup Finals at 2-2

Stars thwart Marlies to even Calder Cup Finals at 2-2

The Toronto Marlies scored two goals in less than a minute to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough to derail the Texas Stars on Thursday night. The Stars’ 3-2 win at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park evened the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals at 2-2. Game 5 of the American Hockey League championship series will be Saturday night in Cedar Park before the series shifts back to Toronto for Games...
Council Member Leslie Pool pushes for open bidding on McKalla Place

Council Member Leslie Pool pushes for open bidding on McKalla Place

Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool, whose District 7 includes property that could house a Major League Soccer stadium, aims to open up city-owned 24-acre McKalla Place to a bidding process. Precourt Sports Ventures made a proposal last Friday to the city for use of the North Austin site in exchange for a privately financed $200 million stadium that a relocated Columbus Crew SC would use. Pool...

Blash’s homer leads Salt Lake over Round Rock

Jabari Blash hit his Pacific Coast League-leading 16th home run of the year as the Salt Lake Bees coasted to an 8-3 win over the Round Rock Express on Thursday afternoon. The solo homer by Blash gave the Bees a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Blash walked in the seventh and scored when Nolan Fontana smashed a triple, and Fontana scored on a straight steal of home. A walk to Eric Young Jr. and a double...
Marlies 2, Stars 1: Toronto regains edge in Calder Cup Finals

Marlies 2, Stars 1: Toronto regains edge in Calder Cup Finals

A point shot through traffic by Calle Rosen turned out to be the difference Tuesday night as the Toronto Marlies secured a 2-1 win over the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, taking a 2-1 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals. Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Thursday night, again in Cedar Park. “Toronto was the better team early on, and as the game went along, we started to...

Cole’s homer leads Round Rock to win over Salt Lake

Hunter Cole hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the fifth inning, to lead the Round Rock Express to a 10-5 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday on the road. Round Rock had 17 hits in the game and scored eight runs over four innings after falling behind 5-2. The first home run by Cole scored Andy Ibanez to give the Express a 6-5 lead. Cole finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three...
Mayor: Best use of McKalla is ‘to help facilitate Major League Soccer’

Mayor: Best use of McKalla is ‘to help facilitate Major League Soccer’

Austin Mayor Steve Adler is hardly ready to kick the ball into the net, but he did express a preference Tuesday for Major League Soccer at McKalla Place. Adler made his first public comments since the release of Friday’s city staff report on the 24-acre, city-owned North Austin property and a proposal by the Columbus Crew SC owner to build a 20,118-seat stadium on that site...
Texas Stars even Calder Cup series with 2-1 win in Toronto

Texas Stars even Calder Cup series with 2-1 win in Toronto

The Toronto Marlies led the American Hockey League with 112 points during the regular season and have been equally as impressive in the playoffs, sweeping Syracuse and Lehigh Valley to reach the Calder Cup Final for the first time in six years, going an undefeated 7-0 at home in the postseason and winning 10 straight playoff games. All those streaks came to an end Sunday, as Gavin Bayreuther&rsquo...
Strange Express series ends with loss to Nashville

Strange Express series ends with loss to Nashville

By any definition, it was an unusual home series. Five games between Round Rock and Nashville included player ejections, bizarre errors, pitch-clock violations, flying bats (of the wood variety), a fan smacked in the face by a line drive and a (mechanical) fan demolished by a Nashville player — which didn’t endear him to teammates on a hot, humid night. Then in Sunday afternoon’s...

Joseph, Ibanez power Express to 6-5 win over Sounds

Tommy Joseph and Andy Ibanez drove in three runs apiece to help the Round Rock Express defeat the Nashville Sounds 6-5 and clinch their Pacific Coast League series Saturday night at Dell Diamond. Joseph went 2 for 3 and hit his 13th homer of the season. He has hit three home runs this series with 7 RBIs. Round Rock’s Yovani Gallardo held the Sounds (27-27) to one run on five hits with five strikeouts...
Stars lose a wild one in Calder Cup Finals opener

Stars lose a wild one in Calder Cup Finals opener

The Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies met in the postseason four years ago in a series that the Stars won in seven games on their way to an American Hockey League championship. The four holdovers who played in that 2014 series — Travis Morin, Curtis McKenzie, Justin Dowling and Chris Mueller — were all factors in a wildly entertaining opening game of the Calder Cup Finals at Ricoh Coliseum...
PSV president: City report helps group’s pitch for McKalla Place

PSV president: City report helps group’s pitch for McKalla Place

The president of Precourt Sports Ventures said his group was encouraged by an Austin city staff report Friday determining that McKalla Place is suitable for a Major League Soccer stadium. “We’re not surprised, but we are pleased with the results,” Dave Greeley told the American-Statesman on Saturday. “We’ve been vetting this and analyzing it for quite some time....

Lopes leads Round Rock to win over Nashville

Christian Lopes hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 6-5 win over the Nashville Sounds on Friday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Ricardo Rodriguez got Sheldon Neuse to fly out with runners on first and third to end the game for his first save of the season. The win gives the Express a 2-1 series lead. The double by Lopes came in the midst of a four-run inning...
Veteran trio fuels latest Calder Cup run for Stars

Veteran trio fuels latest Calder Cup run for Stars

An overtime goal from an unlikely source, defenseman Patrik Nemeth, capped off a Calder Cup-winning run in 2014 for the Texas Stars. Since then, the Stars have changed head coaches, Nemeth now plays for the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL, and oh, the Stars are back in the Calder Cup final. Only three players remain from the 2014 run — Justin Dowling, Curtis McKenzie and Travis Morin. They were...
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