Hector Moreno Rumors, #MLSisBack, Kaitlin Swarts Talks Austin FC & Community, & More: June 16, 2020 Capital City Soccer Show

Show notes for the June 16, 2020 episode of the Capital City Soccer Show, your independent source for news, analysis and interviews about Austin FC, hosted by Landon Cotham and Jeremiah Bentley. Episodes available here and in all your favorite podcasting apps.

Soccer Returns to the World

The Bundesliga has been back in action for several weeks, complete with fake crowd noise that has been met with mixed reviews. La Liga returned to play this week, where Messi continued to do Messi things. Next up is the return of the English Premier League, which will resume play on June 17 for Liverpool’s inevitable march to the title.

MLS is Back

Soccer also returns in the United States, with the MLS is Back tournament, to be held entirely in Orlando without fans. Landon and Jeremiah discuss the intricacies of the tournament and talk about the different approaches clubs and players may take in this tournament which guarantees entry into CCL and $1.1 million in prize money.

Hector Moreno You Say?

Based upon some expert Twitter sleuthing, Austin FC has its first “real” rumored designated player. Despite currently playing in Qatar, Hector Moreno has a long history of success with some of the leading clubs in Europe, as well as with the Mexican National Team.

Austin FC Bids for Gold Cup and NCAA matches

On June 2, Andy Loughnane told our friend Chris Bils that the club has submitted bids to be a potential host for the 2021 Gold Cup and future NCAA College Cup Matches.

Season Ticket Update

Season tickets continue to sell at a brisk pace for the club’s inaugural season, despite recent unrest. Speculation abounds regarding the price and timing of supporters and general tickets.

Kaitlin Swarts Interview

Kaitlin Swarts, VP of Community Engagement with Austin FC, sat down to talk about the club’s commitment to Upper Ninety’s restorative justice programming, recent statement about its commitment to fighting racism and share a few success stories out of her philanthropic work.

How You Can Help

There are several nonprofits doing good work around racial justice for listeners to support. On a local level, both the Austin Area Urban League and Austin Justice Coalition are on the front lines. The NAACP legal defense fund continues to support the right of peaceful protest across the country.