It’s no secret that Texas loves its football. High school, college, and pro all bring in crowds across the state, and the same can be said for the arena/indoor style. Since the inception of the Arena Football League, this type of football has kept a presence in the Lone Star State. The newest representative is the Austin Wild of the American Arena League.
In 2005, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that the San Jose Earthquakes franchise would be relocating and had chosen the fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston, as their new home. The Houston Dynamo began play in time for the 2006 season, and promptly won the MLS Championship in their first season in Space City.
The Texas Rangers formally became the Lone Star State’s second major league club in 1972 when the second incarnation of the Washington Senators made the move from the nation’s capital to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. For the bulk of their existence, the Rangers dwelled at the bottom of the American League’s West Division, but their fortunes changed mightily when they moved into their new home field in 1994, in what is now known as Globe Life Park in Arlington.
In 2017, Major League Rugby came into existence with the promise of bringing professional-level rugby competition to cities across the USA. The Austin metro area was the beneficiary of one of these franchises, with Austin Elite starting play in 2018 at the brand-new Round Rock Multipurpose Complex (RRMC).
Founded in 1888, the team that would become the San Antonio Missions was a charter member of the Texas League, one of the largest Double-A leagues in the minors. In their history the club has seen Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Joe Morgan, Mike Piazza, Pedro Martinez, and Dennis Eckersley take the field in San Antonio.