Countdown to 2021: Austin FC news for December 2020

We bring you this month’s Austin FC happenings including important news, wild speculation, and the hottest links on the Interwebs.


December 2020

This month is all about roster building for Austin FC. The club’s roster grew from 2 players (Redes and Domínguez) to 15 in just a couple weeks. Austin has many opportunities during the MLS offseason calendar to add players, including the Expansion draft, Super Draft, free agency, and trade windows.

Here’s the current Verde lineup (*probable starters):

Forwards
Cecilio Domínguez (Paraguay)*
Jon Gallagher (Ireland)
Danny Hoesen (Netherlands)
Rodney Redes (Paragua

Midfielders
Hector Jimenez (USA)
Alex Ring (Finland)*
Ulises Segura (Costa Rica)
Jared Stroud (USA)

Defenders
Julio Cascante (Costa Rica)
Nick Lima (USA)*
Jhohan Romaña (Colombia)
Ben Sweat (USA)*

Goalkeepers
Brady Scott (USA)
Brad Stuver (USA)
Andrew Tarbell (USA)*

Austin FC signs John Garcia (xbLeU) on eMLS side for 2021. He became Austin FC’s rep by winning a play-in tournament to get to the finals, and then playing in the elite competition to be Austin FC’s 2021 eMLS representative. Garcia’s been playing FIFA since 2009, and was part of LA Galaxy’s eMLS team in 2019.

Sherwin-Williams becomes official paint supplier of Austin FC. Besides the club getting tons of (bright verde?) paint for the stadium, the partnership will also support local artists to paint soccer themed murals in the ATX. In addition, Sherwin-Williams will have fan activations on match day at the H-E-B Plaza at the stadium. Check out our story covering all the Austin FC partners.

December 29 episode of Capital City Soccer Show is one you won’t want to miss as Landon and Jeremiah dive into the latest players signed, a potential starting XI, upcoming roster building dates, and more—give it a listen here or on your podcast player.


Coming Up

Four predictions to get you fired up for Austin FC in 2021. Last season had many club FIRSTS, but there are still several major announcements that we expect to happen in early 2021 before the players ever step foot on the pitch.

Naming Rights for Austin FC Stadium is expected to be announced by year end. Who will be the sponsor? That’s the multi-million dollar question. We researched other MLS stadium deals—financial and automotive companies dominate. Here are our guesses of local and regional companies with deep pockets that fit that criteria.

Away Jersey unveiling is next up on the Austin FC kit front after the home jersey was released Nov. 18. Hold tight—it’s expected to be unveiled early 2021, according to the club. Pssst…MLS may also bring back 3rd jerseys in 2021.


HOT 3firesLINKS

Holiday greetings from Austin FC.

Handy roster tracker to keep up with all the player signings.

Entrance gates going in at the four corners of the stadium.

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