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Soccer Watch
Sports Column  February 14, 2019, by Nick Barbaro
"...As I noted last week, the Austin Bold continue to prepare for their debut in the USL Championship in a few weeks, holding their first closed-door scrimmages in Round Rock and at their home at COTA, where stadium construction races on in preparation for the home opener on March 30 against San Antonio ... Look for a soccer referendum on the November ballot, as the city clerk certified a petition this week, backed by Fair Play Austin, that "requires voter approval of any agreement that allows a professional sports team to use public land tax-free." The proposed ordinance, aimed squarely at Austin FC's MLS stadium at McKalla Place, would also stop the city from issuing building permits until the project got such voter approval...."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  February 7, 2019, by Nick Barbaro
" fan's attention this week turns to preseason preparations for Major League Soccer, and for the second division USL Championship, both of which start play in early March. Locally, USL's Austin Bold FC, kicking off their first season at their new stadium out at COTA, continues to add players: This week they announced deals to get two young prospects on loan from top-flight clubs in Mexico and Colombia – 23-year-old defender Josué Soto and goalkeeper Juan David Ramírez, 22..."

AISD and City: Let’s Work Together!
Looking for mutually beneficial uses for publicly owned land
News Story  January 31, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...One of the major producers of affordable housing in Austin, Foundation Communities Executive Director Walter Moreau, shared cautious optimism about the partnership's potential. In 2016, FC responded to AISD's request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the former Allan Elementary with an ambitious plan for affordable housing, but the district opted instead to locate its Alternative Learning Center at the site..."

Public Notice: Start Your Engines
Council gearing up for land use discussions?
News Column  January 24, 2019, by Nick Barbaro
"...(R.I.P. CodeNEXT.) Indeed, at the recent Austin FC/Major League Soccer celebration, Adler introduced incoming CM Natasha Harper-Madison as "cavalry" that "voters just sent us" (to ....."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  January 24, 2019, by Nick Barbaro
"...Austin Bold FC held their media day this week, introducing the coach and players who'll begin play in just about six weeks in USL, the second division of U.S. pro soccer..."

¡Dale, Austin FC! MLS Makes It Official
Austin finally is a major league town, with soccer taking the pitch in 2021
News Story  January 17, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...The crowd was buzzing Tuesday afternoon at Rustic Tap on West Sixth as a mass of soccer fans clad in black and green gathered to celebrate the official announcement that Austin FC would take the field in 2021 as Major League Soccer's 27th club and Austin's first major-league sports team...."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  January 17, 2019, by Nick Barbaro
"...Alexi Lalas was the surprise emcee at the long-awaited announcement party on Tuesday, as Major League Soccer confirmed that Austin FC will become the league's 27th team, starting play in 2021. And quite a party it was, with shirts, scarves, and craft beer flowing; Mayor Steve Adler and five City Council members attesting to the civic support (see "¡Dale, Austin FC! MLS Makes It Official," Jan..."

News Story  January 17, 2019
"...Alexi Lalas Sighted! Mayor Steve Adler declared Tuesday "Austin FC Day" in honor of the new Major League Soccer team to begin play at McKalla Place sometime in 2021 – although there's still that matter of an opposing petition, of curious provenance, determined to put the stadium deal to a public referendum. Now let's start a fight over the word "football" ......"

Austin FC's New Neighbors Take Over Push to Put Soccer on the Ballot
Group looks to take anti-stadium petition to the polls
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is expected to travel to Austin next week to officially recognize Austin FC as the league's 27th team. Garber will be alongside Mayor Steve Adler and Austin FC chairman/CEO Anthony Precourt (the now-former owner of the Columbus Crew SC) at the Rustic Tap, as they announce what Austin soccer fans have been itching for since the ill-fated Austin Aztex went dormant in 2016...."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  January 10, 2019
"...Three weeks ago, Precourt Sports Ventures and the city announced that they had completed the contract for PSV to build an MLS stadium on city land at McKalla Place near the Domain. Last week, opponents turned in a petition to force a public vote before the city can enter into any such deal; we appear to be headed to a May referendum on the topic (see "Austin FC's New Neighbors Take Over Push to Put Soccer on the Ballot," Jan..."

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these
News Story  December 27, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Mary Tuma, Nina Hernandez, Sarah Marloff, Austin Sanders and Michael King
"...As of year's end, Austin still doesn't officially have its first major league sports team, but the future Austin FC is looking more real than ever. The term sheet approved in August between the city and Precourt Sports Ventures produced a deal that became official just last week (Dec..."

Soccer Watch: Top 10 Soccer Stories of 2018
Sports Column  December 27, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...1) Is Austin finally a Major League city? It's ever so close now. With a McKalla Place stadium contract in hand, we're waiting only for PSV's divorce from Columbus, Ohio, to be finalized before Major League Soccer officially announces Austin FC as the 27th MLS franchise, starting play in 2021..."

City and Precourt Sign Agreement to Bring Soccer to Town
Not whether, but when for Austin FC
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Now it's official; the city of Austin has finalized and signed an agreement with Precourt Sports Ventures that will bring an Austin FC soccer team to town in either 2020 or 2021. Groundbreaking on a $225 million soccer park at the 24-acre, city-owned McKalla Place site near the Domain is expected to occur in 2019, with the stadium officially opening in the spring of 2021...."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  December 20, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...The USL Championship 2019 schedule was released this week, with a special treat for the new Austin Bold FC: a home opener on Saturday, March 30 against I-35 rival San Antonio FC to inaugurate Bold Stadium, the first purpose-built soccer stadium in Central Texas. Visitors to Winter Wonderland at COTA can gauge the construction progress...."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  December 13, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...MLS2ATX had a pretty good week, with news coming out of Ohio that a new ownership team for the Columbus Crew is closing in on a stadium plan with the city and county there, which clears the way for the current ownership, Precourt Sports Ventures, to start their expansion team, Austin FC. Meanwhile, signs are that the stadium contract between Austin and PSV is nearing completion; expect an announcement any day now...."

Soccer Watch: Timely Soccer Gifts
Sports Column  December 6, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Austin FC, the city's future Major League Soccer club, has launched an introductory line of licensed merchandise – shirts, caps, and hoodies featuring their award-winning design – now available online at And/or, for more immediate satisfaction, Austin's other pro soccer team, Austin Bold FC, will start play in the United Soccer League next March with an attractive roster blending local talent, young prospects, and accomplished veterans..."

This Holiday Season, Give Political Gifts That Resist
Anti-MAGA merch, feminist nudie mags, Chron swag, and more
News Story  December 6, 2018, by the News Staff
"...Hit the Pitch: The details of how Austin will get its Major League Soccer team are still unclear, but Austin FC hopes that won't stop you from stocking up on merch. "Grow the legend" with shirts, hoodies, and hats available in a variety of styles and sizes on the team's newly opened Fanatics shop..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  November 21, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Austin Bold FC have added a couple of familiar names to their roster recently: It'll be good to see local products Kris Tyrpak and Sonny Guadarrama back in Austin again...."

Tomar Williams Hones Four Decades of Soul
Breakout of his family band, the performer seizes on his pop, soul, R&B, and hip-hop successes and failures in Tomar & the FCs
Music Story  November 15, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...The dynamic namesake of Tomar & the FCs certainly looks the part in his throwback cotton button-up with high-waisted pleats. Onstage, he points at the camera with a foot propped up on the front speaker, prepared to deliver his words of love and connection...."

Public Notice: Blue Wave Blues?
Something for everyone in Tuesday’s results
News Column  November 8, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...David Beckham and his partners got a thumbs-up from Miami voters on Tuesday for their plan to turn a municipal golf course into Miami Freedom Park, a $1 billion development with a 25,000-seat soccer stadium, breaking a four-year deadlock, and clearing the way for Major League Soccer to move ahead with its next expansion franchise, perhaps concurrent with Austin FC. The vote gives the city permission to negotiate a land lease for the 73-acre redevelopment..."

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