Folks, we have some very sad news to share. The “Father of San Antonio Soccer”, Carlos Rodriguez, the President of San Antonio Soccer Association passed away last night. He started his involvement in soccer over 40 years ago when he coached at Holding Institute High Schoolin Laredo, Texas. Beginning in 1975, he played for nearly a decade with the Strikers Soccer Club of the San Antonio Soccer Association (SASA). Carlos became President of SASA in 1985 and had remained in that position since; SASA currently has over 80 teams.
For over 30 years, Rodriguez dedicated his efforts to the organization as Tournament Director of the Cinco de Mayo Men’s and Coed tournaments, in which an average of 100 teams participate each year. Carlos joined the Texas State Soccer Association-South (TSSAS), where he was Commissioner of Men’s State and National Cups Committees from 1984 to 2005. In 1990, Rodriguez was appointed the USASA Region III Select Teams Commissioner. Rodriguez chaired the USASA Select Teams Program, which provides players the opportunity to compete at the highest available level within USASA, in addition to identifying and showcasing players for higher levels of competition. In 2006, Carlos was elected USASA Region III Director. He was inducted into the TSSAS Hall of Fame in 1998 and has also served one term on the US Soccer International Games Committee.
He also was very instrumental in the formation of the Lone Star Soccer Alliance, a regional semi pro soccer league after the demise of the NASL as well as NEYSO youth soccer with the Alamo Classic soccer tournament. He was a supporter of the Crocketteers and a member of the Travis 250. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Gloria and his entire family. A little bit of San Antonio Soccer died today, but his legacy will live forever.