Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith

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Austin Aztex

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Austin's Miguel Gallardo warms up shortly before the start of the Aztex's exhibition match against New England on Saturday.

Austin's Miguel Gallardo warms up shortly before the start of the Aztex's exhibition match against New England on Saturday.

The Autin Aztex, a first division franchise of the United Soccer League, started off their 2009 season last night in Austin on the coldest, windiest night in recent memory. The temperatures were hovering in the 40’s, with a constant 20mph wind that gusted (according to the news) over 30mph the entire game. Despite the terrible weather, a ton of fans came out and the action was good.

New England Revolution's Kevin Alston gets airborne trying to defend Austin Aztex's AJ. Godbolt during an exhibition soccer match at Nelson Field on Saturday in Austin.

New England Revolution's Kevin Alston gets airborne trying to defend Austin Aztex's AJ. Godbolt during an exhibition soccer match at Nelson Field on Saturday in Austin.

One thing that is very cool for soccer fans is that they sit right on top of the action. Their new home stadium is Nelson Field, located right next to Reagan High School off of 290 and Cameron. The only thing that separates the fans from the players is a small track…As a matter of fact, I saw many people with digital cameras and 70-300mm lenses and I bet they could get right in on the action once it got mid field (but the lights at the stadium is another story…)

Austin Aztex's Eddie Johnson moves the ball down field.

Austin Aztex's Eddie Johnson moves the ball down field.

One of my favorite things about shooting these guys is how nice they are, especially the owner, Phil Rawlins. I had the pleasure of meeting him last season and tortured him into letting me take a portrait of him (how good it was is another story). I ran into Phil again after hitting a bump at the Will Call booth and he ironed out the problem as fast as I could walk through the gates.

The Austin Aztex huddle just before the start of an exhibition match against New England Revolution on Saturday at Nelson Field in Austin.

The Austin Aztex huddle just before the start of an exhibition match against New England Revolution on Saturday at Nelson Field in Austin.

If you’re looking for some good, local soccer action, this is a good place to start.
Photos by Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

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Written by patrickmeredith

March 2, 2009 at 12:17 am