Aug 14, 2013
Courtesy of The American Athletic Conference
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced that the 2013 American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship will be played at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Nov. 15 and 17. The No. 8 and No. 9 seeds will have a play-in game at a campus site on Nov. 8 and the quarterfinals will be played on campus sites on Nov. 9.
"As we celebrate this inaugural year of the American Athletic Conference, FC Dallas Stadium is a perfect venue to host our first men's soccer championship," said Aresco. "We are delighted to partner with FC Dallas to provide our coaches, student-athletes and fans with a wonderful experience at the championship level of their sport."
Opened on August 6, 2005, FC Dallas Stadium is a 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas North Tollway in Frisco, Texas, and is the home stadium for FC Dallas. The combination of a world-class stadium and a sports park make FC Dallas Stadium one of the best and most unique soccer facilities in the world. Included in the facility is the 20,500 state-of-the-art pro soccer stadium and 17 tournament-sized fields.
The facility has proven to be one of the top venues in the United States for both professional and amateur soccer. The complex, which includes 17 tournament-grade fields used for youth and adult soccer, as well as high school sports and other events, has drawn over 1 million visitors each year since opening. The $105 million public-private complex is owned by the City of Frisco in partnership with Hunt Sports Group (HSG), the Frisco Independent School District, and Collin County.
"As an SMU alumnus, I'm especially excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship to FC Dallas Stadium," said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt. "We have more than 4,500 players in our youth system, ages 7 and up, while more than 80 earned college soccer scholarships or Financial Aid this past year alone. Our Development Academy consistently ranks among the best in North America, while our professional team has spent the majority of the 2013 season at the top of the table in MLS. We are committed to growing soccer in North Texas and look forward to showcasing yet another level of elite play at our stadium."
"We're excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Soccer Championship to north Texas, an area that is a true hotbed for soccer at all levels," said SMU Athletic Director Rick Hart. "Having worked with FC Dallas to host the 2008 NCAA College Cup, we know that this will be a first-class event and will provide a great experience for the fans and student-athletes."
Up-to-date information regarding the 2013 American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship will be available through Championship Central (www.theamerican.org.) Media credentials can be obtained through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Athletic Conference, based in Providence, R.I., rebranded July 1, 2013. The 2013 membership includes three schools that competed in the NCAA Championship last year, with Connecticut, Louisville and USF all winning their first round games before both the Huskies and Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals. Five of the nine schools that make up the league this year finished in the top-35 RPI last season.
The American Athletic Conference comprises the following 10 member institutions: the University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Houston, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, University of South Florida, and Temple University. In 2014-15, East Carolina University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa become full members. The U.S. Naval Academy joins in football only in 2015. The American Athletic Conference is a member of the Bowl Championship Series. For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.