To much fanfare, including a Royal Visit from her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Austin FC entered a partnership with famed Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
The new multiyear deal between the Verde and Oranje will feature the two clubs exchanging knowledge and expertise on scouting, education, and player development.
“Working together and sharing ideas about player and coaching development is sure to benefit both clubs as we look to continuously improve the sporting side of our clubs through new and innovative ways of improving our soccer methodologies.”Claudio Reyna
September 8, 2022
One of the most well-known clubs in the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven has won the Eredivisie premier league title 24 times, the Dutch Cup 10 times, and the Johan Cruyff Shield a record 13 times.
Why a deal with PSV?
It turns out Marius Haas, one of Austin FC’s minority owners, is Dutch and has been reconnecting with his homeland as Honorary Consulate to the Netherlands.
Marius is no stranger to soccer either. He was a four-year starter for D1 men’s soccer program Georgetown University.
The former president of Dell first set up an opportunity for players and coaching staff from Austin FC Academy to travel to the Netherlands for 10 days in August 2022, where PSV Eindhoven hosted Austin FC’s U-17 team for a series of training sessions and friendly matches.
Like a yellow rose, it has now blossomed into a long-lasting deal between the two clubs. Similar training opportunities for both clubs will occur in the future, according to the statement by Austin FC.
It is unclear if the senior teams of the two clubs will engage in friendlies as part of this venture *fingers crossed*.
Dutch Royalty visit Austin FC’s Q2 Stadium
The special announcement began with Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visiting Q2 Stadium, hosted by Haas and Austin FC president Andy Loughnane.
Her Majesty Queen Máxima has been touring California and Texas to strengthen economic ties between the regions. Her trip stopped in Austin on September 8. (The King was recovering from pneumonia and was unable to travel to the U.S.)
The Queen had a busy day in the Capital City. She was received by Gov. Abbott at the Governor’s Mansion, rode bikes with Mayor Adler to Austin’s main public library, visited the Capital Factory innovation center, and attended several local healthcare initiatives.
To finish the day, Queen Máxima toured Q2 Stadium chaperoned by Austin FC’s front office, as well as forward Danny Hoesen and Austin FC midfielder Sebastián Driussi. The two players were chosen because Hoesen is, of course, Dutch, while Driussi shares nationalities with the Queen, who was born in Buenos Aires.
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