With the 2018 World Cup set to begin on Thursday, players and coaches from Edinburg’s RGV FC Toros and UTRGV Vaqueros offer takes on their favorite sides and World Cup memories, plus the teams, matchups and players to keep an eye on.

EDINBURG — Entering Saturday’s match with six draws in seven home contests, the RGV FC Toros came out with a pressing, aggressive mentality, upping the chances of a breakthrough for one side or the other.

EDINBURG — Minutes before the RGV FC Toros boarded the bus for Monday’s match against Real Monarchs SLC, coach Gerson Echeverry learned defender Kai Greene had to be scratched due to illness.

After playing every minute of the RGV FC Toros’ first 10 matches this season, defender Conor Donovan signed a first-team contract with the Houston Dynamo on Thursday.

EDINBURG — RGV FC Toros defender Kai Greene called it an innocent ball that turned dangerous.

EDINBURG — From his earliest days playing soccer, RGV FC Toros midfielder Jesus Enriquez knew he wasn’t fast enough to score through speed alone.

EDINBURG — With every announcement of a new international event at the venue, H-E-B Park president Bert Garcia noticed the same comments on social media.

EDINBURG — RGV FC’s Aldo Quintanilla took possession in the midfield, dribbled around four defenders and the Swope Park keeper and looked poised to finish into the open net.

EDINBURG — After three standout seasons at San Diego State University, Kyle Adams decided he was finished with college life. He had stopped going to class, and he was fed up with NCAA rules limiting his training schedule.

EDINBURG — Less than 10 minutes into RGV FC’s match against San Antonio FC on Saturday, Toros midfielder Jesus Enriquez took control of the ball with space on the left half of the penalty box. About 12 yards from goal, Enriquez unleashed a shot with his right foot, and San Antonio keeper Die…

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EDINBURG — Now in their third season with the RGV FC Toros, Todd Wharton and Kai Greene are no strangers to the rivalry with San Antonio FC. Wharton said the matchups are always some of the most physical of the season, and the crowd energy is at its yearly peak.

After two skillful strikes, a pair of costly errors and one hotly contested officiating decision, the RGV FC Toros left their match against the Fresno FC Foxes with a 2-2 draw on Wednesday at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.

EDINBURG — On a day when RGV FC keeper Nico Corti made five critical saves to preserve a clean sheet, the moment that stuck with him the most was the one time the ball ended up in the back of his net.

EDINBURG — Conor Donovan had finally realized his dream of becoming an MLS starter, but his time at the top lasted only 10 minutes.

EDINBURG — Midfielder Memo Rodriguez is no stranger to the RGV FC Toros. He played all 30 games during the franchise’s inaugural season in 2016, then returned from the Houston Dynamo to make four appearances last season.

EDINBURG — During his first season with the RGV FC Toros last year, Pharr native Omar Ontiveros was limited to just 172 minutes across three appearances because of an ankle injury.

Portland Timbers 2 scored three goals in a stretch of 12 minutes during Wednesday’s second half en route to a 3-2 win over the RGV FC Toros at Merlo Field in Portland, Oregon.

EDINBURG — When Aldo Quintanilla arrived for the RGV FC Toros’ open tryouts in January, he said he was about 15 pounds overweight.

EDINBURG — The road to the 2019 Women’s World Cup will run through Edinburg, as H-E-B Park is set to play host to six matches as part of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will produce at least three World Cup qualifiers.

The RGV Vipers posted the lowest scoring output of their season on its final night, falling 117-91 against the Austin Spurs in the G League’s Western Conference semifinals on Monday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.