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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
Rio Grande Valley FC logo.png
Full nameRio Grande Valley
Football Club
Nickname(s)Toros, RGVFC
FoundedJuly 15, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-07-15)
StadiumH-E-B Park
Capacity9,735
OwnerRio Grande Valley Vipers
Head CoachGerson Echeverry
LeagueUSL Championship
201813th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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]

HistoryEdit

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.

RecordEdit

Year–by–yearEdit

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

Head coachesEdit

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
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

StadiumEdit

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 staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

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
1 Goalkeeper Nico Corti   Belgium
2 Midfielder Carlos Viveros   United States
3 Defender Robert Coronado   United States
4 Defender Robert Castellanos   United States
5 Defender Alejandro Fuenmayor ([A])   Venezuela
6 Midfielder David Cabrera   Colombia
7 Midfielder Camilo Monroy   Colombia
8 Midfielder Romilio Hernandez   El Salvador
10 Midfielder Victor Garza   United States
11 Forward Jesús Enríquez   United States
12 Midfielder Brad Dunwell   United States
13 Forward Wilmer Cabrera Jr   Colombia
14 Defender Zach Jackson   United States
15 Midfielder Andres Arcila   Colombia
16 Defender Andrew Samuels   United States
17 Forward Michael Salazar ([A])   Belize
18 Defender Sergio Mena   Colombia
19 Midfielder Nico Lemoine   United States
20 Defender Conor Donovan   United States
21 Forward Ronaldo Peña ([A])   Venezuela
22 Defender Héctor Copete   Colombia
23 Forward Aldo Quintanilla   Mexico
24 Defender Erik McCue ([A])   Sweden
25 Midfielder Juan David Cabezas ([A])   Colombia
27 Midfielder Kevin Rodriguez   United States
28 Defender Sam Junqua ([A])   United States
29 Forward Brandon Morales   United States
30 Midfielder Isidro Martinez   United States
31 Goalkeeper Michael Nelson ([A])   United States
32 Defender Kyle Adams   New Zealand
37 Midfielder Deshane Beckford (on loan from Montego Bay United)   Jamaica
58 Forward Carlos Small (on loan from Árabe Unido)   Panama
99 Goalkeeper Ben Willis   United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Houston Dynamo.
  2. ^ Houston Dynamo academy player.

StaffEdit

  Gerson EcheverryHead Coach
  Brett Uttley – Assistant Coach
  Carlos Ortiz – Goalkeeper Coach

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Houston Dynamo reach affiliate agreement to start USL club: "It’s an important and necessary step", MLSoccer.com, July 15, 2015
  2. ^ RGVFC awarded the USL's newest franchise, Houston Dyanamo, July 15, 2015
  3. ^ Houston Dynamo brass meet with representatives in McAllen, Texas, about creating USL PRO team, MLSSoccer.com, September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Houston Dynamo GM: McAllen One of Many Possible Locations for USL-Pro Team, PlayingFor90.com, September 14, 2014
  5. ^ USL PRO awards Vipers professional soccer franchise, The Monitor, March 30, 2015
  6. ^ Lovell, Darrell (March 24, 2015), Houston Dynamo partnering with NBA D-League franchise to form USL team for 2016 season, MLSsoccer.com
  7. ^ USL soccer stadium to be completed by March (Press Release), Action 4 News, August 11, 2015.
  8. ^ RGV FC Toros Take on C.F. Monterrey at H-E-B Park’s Inauguration Game (Press Release), RGVFC, February 13, 2017.
  9. ^ RGV FC Toros open H-E-B Park with exhibition loss to C.F. Monterrey Rayados (News), The Monitor, March 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rio Grande Valley FC Home | uslsoccer.com". www.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2018-06-03.

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