Men's Soccer Announces Spring Schedule
Jan. 29, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team has announced a slate of five matches for its 2014 spring schedule. Outside of NCAA opponents, the schedule features three matches against professional teams, including Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and United Soccer League Pro opposition.
The Mustangs begin action on Saturday, Feb. 15 in a match-up with Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Houston closed out the 2013 season with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Eastern Conference Championship.
Saturday, Feb. 22 SMU travels to San Antonio, Texas, to face the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field. The San Antonio Scorpions participate in the NASL. The NASL is the second highest professional league in the US Soccer pyramid. The Scorpions finished the NASL regular season in first place, and reached the NASL semifinals in the postseason.
SMU's final match against a non-NCAA opponent is slated for Saturday, March 22, when the Ponies host Oklahoma City Energy FC, the USL Pro League's newest expansion team, at Westcott Field. USL Pro is the third highest professional league in the US Soccer pyramid. Oklahoma City Energy FC has an affiliate agreement with 2013 MLS Champions Sporting Kansas City, and will feature players from the Sporting KC organization on its own roster.
A pair of familiar NCAA opponents are also scheduled for this spring. Houston Baptist, who the Mustangs saw in exhibition play this past season, finished the 2013 slate with a loss in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The team sported a 9-7-2 overall record, and was 4-4-2 in conference action. The match with the Huskies is set for Saturday, March 1 in Houston.
The final off-season tune up features SMU and Tulsa on April 5. The Golden Hurricane fell, 1-0, to Charlotte in the Conference-USA Tournament final, closing out an 11-6-3 (4-3-2 C-USA) season. In the last meeting with Tulsa, SMU earned the 1-0 victory in Dallas.