Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

Rio Grande Valley FC, also known as RGVFC or Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, is an American professional soccer team based in Edinburg, Texas operated by Lone Star, LLC. They joined the USL Championship in the 2016 season. Lone Star has the same ownership team as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers[1] of the NBA Gatorade League with Alonzo Cantu as majority owner.

Rio Grande Valley FC
Full nameRio Grande Valley
Football Club
Nickname(s)Toros, RGVFC
FoundedJuly 15, 2015 (2015-07-15)
StadiumH-E-B Park
Capacity9,735
OwnerRio Grande Valley Vipers
Head CoachGerson Echeverry
LeagueUSL Championship
201912th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

The team serves as a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.[1] Chris Canetti, Houston Dynamo president, called the relationship "an important and necessary step." The hybrid affiliation, a first for the USL, means that the Dynamo will be responsible for the soccer operation of the club, selecting players and coaching staff. The ownership group, Lone Star, will be responsible for operations and day-to-day management of the club.[1][2]

History

In September 2014, Dynamo officials met with USL officials about creating a USL team and announced their intention to have a USL team in place for the 2016 season.[3][4]

In March 2015, Bert Garcia announced that the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-league had been awarded a franchise pending concrete plans for a stadium and a name[5] and confirmed a report[6] on MLSSoccer.com that the Houston Dynamo would likely be the MLS affiliate for the USL team in the Rio Grande Valley.

In December 2015, the Houston Dynamo signed Dynamo Academy product Juan "Charly" Flores as the first player of the Toros.

Record

Year–by–year

Year Division League Regular Season W-T-L Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2016 3 USL 2nd, Western: 14–9–7 Conference Quarterfinals 1,994
2017 2 USL 11th, Western: 9–8–15 Did not qualify 7,067
2018 2 USL 13th, Western: 8–14–12 Did not qualify 4,650
2019 2 USLC 13th, Western: 11–8–15 Did not qualify 3,812

Head coaches

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CoachNationalityStartEndGamesWinLossDrawWin %
Wilmer Cabrera  Colombia December 2, 2015 October 28, 2016 31 14 8 9 045.16
Junior Gonzalez  United States December 15, 2016 November 8, 2017 32 9 15 8 028.13
Gerson Echeverry  United States December 6, 2017 present 63 15 21 27 023.81

Stadium

The club has a 9,400-seat soccer-specific stadium in Edinburg, Texas for the team. It was set to open after the Toros played three games at the soccer complex at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to start the 2016 USL Season.[7]

The stadium was never completed for play in 2016. Construction of the H-E-B Park was completed during the first quarter of 2017 and the Toros played C.F. Monterrey from Mexico on March 22, 2017 to inaugurate their new stadium.[8] The Toros lost their exhibition match against Rayados 0–3.[9] The Toros won their first home game at H-E-B Park on April 12, 2017 against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Their current home record attendance is 7,820 which was set on April 29, 2017 against the Oklahoma City Energy.[10]

Players and staff

Current roster

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of June 25, 2019.

No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender Robert Coronado  United States
16 Defender Andrew Samuels  United States
19 Midfielder Nico Lemoine  United States
27 Midfielder Kevin Rodriguez  United States
30 Midfielder Isidro Martinez  United States
40 Forward Juan Carlos Obregón Jr.  Honduras
99 Goalkeeper Ben Willis  United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Houston Dynamo.
  2. ^ Houston Dynamo academy player.

Staff

Nick Kowba – General Manager
Gerson EcheverryHead Coach
Brett Uttley – Assistant Coach
Carlos Ortiz – Goalkeeper Coach

References


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