Countdown to 2021: Austin FC news for October 2019

We bring you the biggest Austin FC stories of the month including important news, wild speculation, and the hottest links on the interwebs. Only 16 months until the first match!

October 2019

Austin FC eMLS player qualifier at Valhalla

Search begins to find Austin FC eMLS 2020 player. The club hosted an EA SPORTS FIFA 20 tournament on October 27–28 to identify eight finalists. These elite players move on to compete in live finals at Valhalla Esports Lounge on November 13th. Follow the player bracket online to see who gets the chance to be the inaugural Austin FC representative in eMLS (and compete for the FIFA eWorld Cup 2020).

Season ticket membership process begins. Ticketing company SeatGeek sent out emails to deposit holders on Oct. 23 for account setup. Next: from now to Spring 2020 emails will go out to pick your seats. The order you’ll be in depends on (a) type of deposit (i.e., general/premium), (b) date and time of deposit, and (c) seat availability. 

MLS store stocked with new Austin FC merch. Polos, jackets, pullovers, and dress shirts finally added to the league’s online store in late October. It had been a minute since there was anything more than t-shirts, hoodies, and scarves available. The new gear is Fanatics-brand, so if it’s Adidas-brand clothing you want, sit tight.

Time for an Austin FC history lesson. Two years ago on October 17, soccer journalist Grant Wahl unleashed a single sentence on social media that ignited a firestorm of speculation about an MLS team in Austin…the rest is history.

Can’t get enough Austin FC news? Check out last month’s edition.

Coming Up

General Manager/Sporting Director of Austin FC will be the next big hire now that Josh Wolff has been named head coach. According to the Extratime podcast, a GM with international experience, especially with ties to Mexico, would complement Wolff’s expertise of players in the U.S.  According to the team, the search is ongoing right now. We expect an announcement in late 2019. 

Season Ticket Pricing can’t come soon enough. With stadium construction starting and a fan Experience Center opening in November, we expect an email invitation to select seats (and finally reveal prices) in the coming months. Doing our part to fuel speculation of prices we looked at season tickets costs for other big time local sports.

Training Facility for Austin FC to be revealed. We don’t know where it’ll be located, but word is the St. David’s Performance Center—as it’ll be known—will be announced in late 2019. 

Hot Links

New Austin FC merch in the MLS online store

Special live Lowe Down from Premier League Fan Fest in Austin