PROMOTED! LSR achieves promotion to the 2nd division of the 5th division of American soccer after Saturday's away win at Somerset (and because Aguilas FC stopped showing up to games)

We’ve done it. What a surreal feeling.

Lone Star Republic - the local, organic, free-range, non-GMO, cruelty-free startup soccer club based in Richardson, Texas - has managed to become only the second team to ever be promoted from the 3rd division of the 5th division of American soccer to the 2nd division of the 5th division of American soccer with one game left to play (and one game already forfeited).

History has been made.

After calling out the UPSL website intern for being on an unpaid vacation last week, action was taken quickly. However, the action that was taken was backwards, giving Azul City the win in the standings rather than Lone Star Republic.

After calling out the UPSL website intern for being on an unpaid vacation last week, action was taken quickly. However, the action that was taken was backwards, giving Azul City the win in the standings rather than Lone Star Republic.

With three games left to play in the season, LSR travelled to the beautiful Greenhill School in Addison, Texas needing all three points from hosts Somerset SC (and an Aguilas loss) in order to stay in the promotion race and set themselves up for a huge showdown at Aguilas FC on June 29th in Fort Worth (game is now cancelled, congrats LSR on your 3-0 win!).

After successfully completing their mission during this grueling away trip with a 3-2 win over Somerset (and Aguilas FC folding as a club), it was time to celebrate their promotion.

All of this was made possible by the dedication of the players and staff and the expert coaching from Zach Loyd that has paid dividends this season (and because Aguilas FC stopped showing up to games).

The drama. The suspense. The intrigue. The stories practically write themselves.

The squad that put the nail in the promotion coffin. Still working on this caption.

The squad that put the nail in the promotion coffin. Still working on this caption.

I have dreamed of this day for three whole weeks now - ever since I found out the league’s promotion format was different than what I was told when I sent the original registration Venmo payment last December (similar to Aguilas, our original commissioner folded as commissioner mid-season).

Patrick Bizimana scores the goal that sends us up!

Promotion/relegation has long been a point of contention among American soccer supporters, pundits, and leaders. One group, the fans, has an interest in seeing the highest level of competition unfold on the field, knowing that in the long run this will maximize US talent, help our players and teams become more competitive around the world, and eliminate under-performing clubs like the Colorado Rapids.

Another group, the owners, has an interest in maximizing profit margins, ad revenue, and concessions sales while eliminating any and all risk to their bottom line and not really caring about the long term health of the sport in this country (see: Colorado Rapids owner Stan Kroenke).

A third group, the media, has an interest in maximizing debate via Alexi Lalas’ facehole.

Well, luckily, Lone Star Republic has a group of owners that also happen to be fans. And, because no one really cares about us yet, we get to be our own media. As a result, we hereby guarantee that LSR’s media team will carefully walk the debate line as tight as we possibly can for as long as we continue to lose only a little bit of money every year as a club. Like an effective Congressperson in D.C., LSR will continue to fight the good fight and preach the virtues of promotion/relegation all the way up until we are at risk of getting relegated ourselves.

After all, missing the 2018 World Cup wasn’t that big of a deal, right?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

You deserve better Christian…

You deserve better Christian…

You deserve better.

You deserve better.

Tyler Watterson