LANDON DONOVAN, BRIAN CHING, AND STUART HOLDEN TO PLAY 3V3 HALFTIME MATCH AT AZTEX GAME VERSUS FANS

Soccer Legends in Town for Helm Soccer Camp; Auction Proceeds Benefit Aztex Soccer Foundation

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Aztex are pleased to announce that Brian Ching, Stuart Holden, and Landon Donovan, all founders of Helm Soccer, will be special guests at the Austin Aztex game on August 1, 2015 as part of their three-day stay in Austin for their Helm Soccer School.

“We are thrilled to bring our inaugural Helm Soccer camp to Austin,” said Landon Donovan. “The Austin Aztex have been instrumental in making our first camp a reality and we are excited to be able to support the Aztex as well as the Aztex Soccer Foundation in helping to serve the Austin community.”

The Helm Soccer Schools camp welcomes all levels of players to learn under the guidance of Donovan, Holden, and Ching. The Austin camp, which runs from July 31 to August 2, are day camps open to children from ages 10-18, both girls and boys. Fans can find more information on the Austin Helm Soccer School on their website.

As part of their mission, these soccer legends have chosen to partner with the Austin Aztex and give the chance for three lucky fans to play a 3v3 game against Brian Ching, Stuart Holden, and Landon Donovan during halftime of the Austin Aztex vs. Portland Timbers II game on Saturday, August 1 at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. Funds raised from the auction will benefit the Aztex Soccer Foundation. Helm Soccer’s mission is to enhance the lives of America’s youth by maximizing their soccer potential and giving back to local and national charities.

“We are proud to partner with such a great organization that shares common goals of using soccer to give back to the community,” said Aztex Soccer Foundation President David Markley. “It is a privilege to have three players of such caliber choose to support our foundation in this way.”

HELM will also auction off additional autographed items at the game, with bidding commencing online and ending at the end of halftime. All proceeds raised from these items will also benefit the Aztex Soccer Foundation. All items, including the 3v3 match, will be posted on http://www.austinaztex.com.
About the Austin Aztex

The Austin Aztex competes in USL under the leadership of head coach Paul Dalglish. The team played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) from 2012-2014 and won the 2013 League Championship in just their second year in operation, earning the USL PDL Franchise of the Year award. The Aztex finished each USL PDL season among the top ten highest-drawing teams in the league and drew a record crowd of 4,754 in the 2014 playoffs. For more information, visit http://www.austinaztex.com.
About the Aztex Soccer Foundation

The Aztex Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve the Austin community by providing scholarships to economically disadvantaged youth for player development and education; funding field development, refurbishment and programming in underserved communities; and partnering with like-minded organizations who use soccer as the primary vehicle to give back to the Austin community.

About Helm Soccer

With the guidance of professional athletes, our mission is to enhance the lives of America’s youth by maximizing their soccer potential and giving back to local and national charities. Through passion, humility, and love, we provide children the opportunity to grow as athletes and human beings.
USL

The USL is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on the field and the most sophisticated one off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, the USL features 24 teams in 2015, including expansion teams in Austin, Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Louisville, Montreal, New York, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, Tulsa, and Vancouver. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, the USL is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 the USL began a groundbreaking partnership with MLS to grow the professional game at all levels in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to league play, USL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. The USL is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.

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