The Austin Aztex have chosen Admiral to be the club’s official sportswear and technical kit supplier for the team’s 2012 season in United Soccer League’s PDL division.
“Our technical staff, as well as our fans, had the opportunity to weigh in on our kit supplier and they unanimously chose the Admiral kit,” said David Markley, Austin Aztex Chairman. “Admiral has collaborated with us to design a kit that our fans and players want to wear. The quality of the kit will be evident to the coaches, players and supporters, when we take to the field.”
Admiral, the world’s oldest British football brand, supplied kits in the 1970s and 1980s for the English national team and Manchester United. The brand has a long history in the United States as well, having supplied kits for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, New York Cosmos and Vancouver Whitecaps in the original North American Soccer League (NASL). Today the brand is also worn by the 2011 NASL Champion Minnesota Stars and the 2010 NASL Champion Puerto Rico Islanders as well as USL PDL Champions Kitsap Pumas. The brand has a strong presence in USL Pro, USL PDL, MISL, NPSL & WPSL in the North America.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Austin Aztex as they make a return to Austin and join the USL PDL,” said Paul Hamburger, CEO of Admiral Soccer. “Central Texas is one of the strongest soccer markets in the USA, and with its passionate fan base, the Aztex play an important role in contributing to the growth of soccer in the area.”
Admiral will provide Aztex fans authentic replica merchandise including; the authentic game day jersey and a complete range of the team’s training and travel gear in addition to fan-wear such as hooded fleeces, jackets, baseball caps, t-shirts and scarves. These products will be available in the near future at Admiral’s on-line store www.admiralsoccer.com and on match day at the stadium. The Aztex will unveil the kit with players and coaches at a community event in April.
The Aztex season begins on the on May 5 versus the Texas Dutch Lions at WoodForest Stadium in Woodlands, Texas. The Aztex will host their home opener on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at House Park against the El Paso Patriots.
About Admiral Soccer
Admiral, founded in 1914, first began manufacturing sportswear in 1966, when England won the World Cup. The company was a pioneer of the replica kit market, creating home and away kits for England, Leeds United, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and expanded overseas to the US, Canada and South American markets. Admiral designs, manufactures, markets and distributes team wear, leisure apparel and accessories. For more information, visit admiralsoccer.com.