Open tryouts for new Central Texas semi-pro soccer team

Think you’ve got what it takes to play for a semi-pro soccer team? The recently formed Central Texas Lobos, a semi-pro team out of Kyle, will hold tryouts Saturday, July 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gregg-Clarke Park.

The Central Texas Lobos semi-pro soccer team was unveiled this month during a ceremony in Kyle. CORTESÍA ZUZECA

The Central Texas Lobos semi-pro soccer team was unveiled this month during a ceremony in Kyle. CORTESÍA ZUZECA

Tryouts are open to all ages but the team is interested in developing young talent, said Jose Ramos, the team’s coach.

“We’re looking for youth, youth, youth,” Ramos said. “We’re looking for people between 16 and 23 or 24 years old.”

Ramos, who hails from Ciudad Juárez, said the team is focused on young players because it hopes to start a soccer academy for players under 17. Organizers also hope to eventually create farm teams that will help them develop players for the team.

The team will play in the Texas Premier Soccer League, which runs between September and March. And the team has high hopes: its goal is to one day become a fully professional team playing in a second division soccer league, like the United Soccer League or the North American Soccer League. Austin ostensibly still has a team, the Austin Aztex, in the USL, although the team was forced to sit out this season after not finding a venue to play in, and its future in the city is unclear.

Ramos coached Texas State’s men’s soccer team in 2015 and is confident in his ability to scout talent in the area to help the team move up to the professional ranks. He said the team’s goal is to discover local players who can represent the area and be scouted by universities and teams in the United States and Mexico.