We bring you this month’s Austin FC happenings including important news, wild speculation, and the hottest links on the Interwebs.
Austin FC breaks ground on a $45 million training facility in Northeast Austin. Officially called the St. David’s Performance Center, the facility, with four full-sized soccer fields, will be ready by spring 2021. We wrote about all the amenities and benefits that make it a top tier MLS practice facility.
General and Supporter season memberships coming very, very soon. If you’re a ticket deposit holder then you recently received several emails to that effect. Supporter seats go on sale July 7 and are priced at $475, according Austin FC’s website. We have the scoop on pricing, seat locations, and more to get you prepped for purchase day.
New Capital City Soccer Show podcast launches! We’re thrilled to partner with local podcast pros Landon Cotham and Jeremiah Bentley for a show sure to be your go-to #1 source for everything Austin FC. Check out the first episode featuring an interview with VP of Community Engagement, Kaitlin Swarts. Please please please subscribe, rate, and review on your favorite podcast player.
Héctor Moreno shows some love for Austin FC on Twitter and he doesn’t care who knows. We go blow by blow through the exchange, but as far as we know Austin FC isn’t in official talks with him. Moreno even went on Houston-based radio show Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis to talk about his career and address Austin FC rumors.
Austin FC put in bids to host future Concacaf Gold Cup and NCAA College Cup tournaments. The club’s front office confirmed the bids with local paper Austin-American Statesman. The Gold Cup bid to host next year hinges on the stadium meeting the completion date of April 2021. The NCAA is expected to make a decision on a host site in October.
A Sponsor for Austin FC Stadium is expected to be named in 2020. Who will the sponsor be? That’s the multi-million dollar question. We made our guesses of local and regional companies that could buy the naming rights. (Before you ask, Dell isn’t in our list because they sponsor Dell Diamond down the street.) Looking at other MLS stadium deals, financial and automotive companies dominate, so there’s that…
DP Signing rumors abound for Austin FC as we near international player transfer windows. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that Austin FC target Javier “Chicharito” Hernández signed with LA Galaxy. Now the question is: can Austin FC land a headline-making DP with experience, name recognition, and the playing style the club wants? Some names floating in the DP realm include Rogelio Funes Mori, Edinson Cavani, Memo Ochoa, Andrés Guardado, and Luis Suárez. Coach Wolff had been scouting in South America, but with COVID-19 he’s scouting virtually these days.
From MLS media day.. Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is building out targets ahead of their 2021 MLS debut:
“I was in Colombia for the U-23 CONMEBOL tournament, I’ll be part of watching the Concacaf (Olympic) qualifying as well. Looking for young players, international players.”
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 27, 2020
MLS Expansion Draft is coming up for the club. If the expansion draft goes down like last year, then Austin FC and Charlotte can each add a max of five players for their inaugural season. A few MLS clubs will be exempt from naming players for the expansion draft, but most others can only protect 12 players on their roster (leaving the others open to being snatched up in the draft). In 2019 the draft was held in mid-November.
Game Jersey Unveiling One of two official game jerseys will be released in late 2020—just in time for the holidays. We already know YETI will have its name on the front. Our biggest question rn—what color will the home jersey be? Given that the adidas training jersey is green it seems unlikely that this color will be an option. And a black home jersey would bake players in the searing ATX sun. Perhaps the jersey will be white with green accents…what do you think?
We are here to Grow Legends.
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) June 29, 2020