A Grassroots Effort
So a threesome of high level soccer folks have decided to press their case and try to prove there are more soccer supporters than golfers and that the occasional sandpiles and water hazards should be bulldozered away and replaced by soccer pitches. Dynamo President and General Manager Oliver Luck, South Texas Soccer Association President Ed Loucks and Texas State Soccer Association President Pascal Piazza wrote a "Dear Friend of Soccer" letter urging folks to contact the mayor, Alvarado, and everyone's own council rep as well.
Luck says the city presented them with the idea of building a permanent home for the Dynamo at the Gus Wortham but the street access just wasn't there. But he wholeheartedly supports a youth complex at the site where the Dynamo could at least practice. (As for the stadium, the Dynamo are still talking with Houston, Sugar Land and Pearland).
A youth complex would, they believe, support the ever increasing interest in soccer, not to mention develop more homegrown talent. More interest translates into more people buying tickets at Dynamo games. "Anything good for soccer is good for us," Luck says.
So it's the golfers versus the kids, two good groups going head to head, balls to balls. The neighborhood is Hispanic; many of the kids want to play soccer, but if they can't I guess they can always look forward to caddying opportunities now that the Gus Wortham has regained all this attention. — Margaret Downing