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A letter from owner Hitch

By Michael Hitchcock, 08/10/17, 10:00PM CDT

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        As our season ends, the summer starts to wind down and the school year is about to begin, August is the time where we reflect on the previous season and start to work on the next season.

         The offseason break for the front office is around 24 hours, and then we’re back to it.

         All that said, what a fun season it was!

         We feel like we turned a corner as a franchise. Man, it's more fun and the beer is colder when we WIN. Winning the regular season championship in a tough conference is something that the coaches, players, staff and fans should be proud of.

         We had a tough loss in the playoffs but 3 games in 5 days in this heat is a big ask of anyone. We started strong, took a 2-0 lead to halftime but lost 3-2 against a very determined Shreveport team. But that's the beautiful game; at times, it can be cruel.

         Nick and the team put a great effort on the field every time and our supporters brought the noise and created a great atmosphere at every home game and some of our road games. So a special, “Thanks” to our great fans and supporters who were incredible again this past season. You helped inspire the team to accomplish great things; this season was without a doubt our best season, on and off the field.

         I also want to thank Texas Wesleyan University for being a great community partner and sharing Martin Field with the Vaqueros Family over the past three seasons.

         This season, we played our first game at Farrington Field, which was a fun night with FWISD and a great win.

         We won the Texas Trail Classic vs. Shreveport.

         We have put ourselves in a good position to earn our first entry into the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

         Merchandise sales were strong, ticket sales were up and sponsorships continue to be solid with the support of so many great community minded companies (#WeAreFortWorth).

         2017 proved a fun year that feels like we established a foundation for the future... SO what does the future have in store?

         My top priority is getting a soccer stadium for the Vaqueros and our great city. We are making progress but it’s a process. However, we are determined to do everything we can to build a soccer stadium that can be used by the Vaqueros, allow us to launch a women's semi-pro team, provide the proper professional venue for Fort Worth high schools and local youth and adult leagues. Additionally, a new stadium and facility could be used by international professional teams to host their pre-season in Fort Worth, which would become an economic driver by bringing events to Fort Worth.

         Separate from the Stadium Project, we are close to announcing a 7v7 Training Facility that will allow the Vaqueros to launch a Youth Academy, which will be funded by rental of the facility for leagues, games, training and camps.

         We are committed to growing the game in Fort Worth and want to provide opportunities for local players to play the game they love in a professional environment; in turn, helping them reach their potential on and off the field.

         We have lots of work to do but stay tuned for exciting announcements over the next couple of months.

Even though we have a strong team returning next season, we are holding open tryouts on August 26th because there are plenty of quality players in our area. Here's a chance for them to be identified and considered for next year’s team.

         In closing, thanks to Panther City Hellfire, our season seat holders, our sponsors and the great community partners we have in Fort Worth for your support of the Fort Worth Vaqueros. The future is bright and we're looking forward to doing our part to grow the game.

My Vaqueros Mi Familia