“The Opener was designed as medium through which American soccer information, analysis, and opinion can be conveyed. There are numerous other soccer shows, podcasts, blogs, websites, and more, and they are all fantastic in that they contribute to the growth of the game in different ways. My aim is simply to help that process along in whatever way I can, and I believe The Opener is one way to do that. I envision it as a hub of American soccer analysis, where new and old fans alike can learn and develop their knowledge and love of the game. Soccer, football, fĂștbol or whatever else you call it, it is a beautiful game, and the more people who can see and understand that, the better.”

–Nick Stephens, founder of The Opener Soccer


Nicholas P. Stephens is a senior at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He works for TCU 360, the campus media outlet, as well as working as a resident assistant for TCU Housing & Residence Life.

Stephens currently works as a copy editor and reporter for TCU 360. As a reporter, he researches and writes original content focused on the TCU area, and as an editor, he checks potential stories to ensure they meet proper grammar and AP style requirements.

Stephens is the founder and content creator of The Opener Soccer, an independent soccer news outlet that provides information, analysis, and opinion on the game of soccer from an American perspective.

Stephens will graduate from TCU in spring 2019 with a major in journalism (emphases in sports and broadcast) and a minor in music. He is a member of the John V. Roach Honors College and a Dean’s Scholar.

Stephens has also worked as an intern at KWED 1580 AM Radio in Seguin, Texas. He produced the daily morning sports update and was responsible for publishing it to the station website.

Prior to enrolling at TCU, Stephens graduated from Seguin High School in 2015 as salutatorian and a commended National Merit Scholar.