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"...Name that Team: Bobby Epstein's incoming United Soccer League team announced their name and logo on Friday: The Austin Bold FC will take the pitch in 2019, regardless of what happens with Precourt Sports Ventures and their Columbus Crew. See "Pick Your Plan for McKalla Place," Aug..."
"...soccer has passed the halfway point in the long seasons: In MLS, Austin's own(?) Columbus Crew is in good position to host a playoff game, but they're bottom of the league in average attendance, down 27% from last year. In USL, San Antonio FC lies just outside the playoff zone with a few games in hand; attendance is seventh in the 33-team league; MLS-bound Cincinnati and Nashville rank 1-3...."
"...Toronto FC tamed Mexico City's Club America in their feared Stadio Azteca Tuesday night, becoming just the third MLS team ever to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final, and the first to knock out two Mexican teams in the competition in the same year. There's no time to rest before they take on a third: The first leg of the final is this Tuesday, April 17 in Toronto; the decisive second leg is Wed., April 25 at Chivas of Guadalajara, who knocked out NY Red Bulls in the other semifinal..."
"...San Antonio FC plays their first home game this Sat., March 24, hosting Saint Louis at 7:30pm at Toyota Field. Is it too early to scout them for our 2019 USL rivalry? www.sanantoniofc.com...."
"...There were dueling statements of purpose this week from Austin's two putative soccer franchises, with USL Austin owner and COTA CEO Bobby Epstein telling the Columbus Dispatch that "there's a widespread feeling that the [Columbus] Crew may not be coming to Austin after all," so he'll move ahead with plans for a 2019 expansion team, and a soccer-specific venue at COTA, that have been in "a sort of wait-and-see mode" for the last few months. If that does come to pass, the new team will have a ready-made rivalry with San Antonio FC, who are just a couple of weeks out from their USL season opener..."
"...Closer to home, San Antonio FC is about halfway through their preseason; they'll play their first scrimmage this Saturday against St. Edward's, whose men's program has progressed so much in the past few years...."
"...As Columbus Crew FC continues to work on finding a stadium site in order to move their MLS team here to Austin, it's becoming more and more apparent that – as I first reported back in October – their primary target site is indeed the Butler Shores tract, behind Zach Scott at the mouth of Barton Creek. There are concerns about the size and suitability of the site, but another issue is that it's dedicated city parkland, which requires a city election..."
"...News of the Columbus Crew's possible move to Austin continues to reverberate around Major League Soccer, and the organization tries to walk the tightrope between honoring their fans in Columbus, who've been with the team since MLS started, and their obvious desire – seemingly backed by MLS itself – to find a home here instead. Some of that drama played out on and off the field Halloween night in Columbus, as the Crew dismantled NYCFC, 4-1, in a playoff quarterfinal..."
"...FC's other awardee is Bluebonnet Studios (Forge Craft Architecture + Design), a multi-unit infill project that offers what would seem impossible in the Austin real estate market: 107 deeply affordable efficiency units in the heart of a central, walkable neighborhood on a major mobility corridor at 2301 S. Lamar..."
"...USL Playoffs begin this weekend: San Antonio FC will host the Tulsa Roughnecks in their first playoff game ever, at 7:30pm, Sat., Oct. 21....."
"...San Antonio FC lost their undefeated record with a 1-0 loss Saturday in Colorado Springs. They're at the Sacramento Republic this Sat., July 1, in Fox Sports SW game of the week at 10pm..."
"...Juventus and Real Madrid are in the European Champions League final next Sat., June 3, in Cardiff, Wales, at 1:45pm on Fox... San Antonio FC is USL's only remaining undefeated team through 10 matches; next up is a home-and-away series against Kansas City's Swope Park Rangers: in K.C..."
"...All at 1:45pm on Fox Sports... Pachuca edged out FC Dallas on a stoppage-time goal Tuesday night to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League final; the Vancouver Whitecaps are hosting Tigres in the other semifinal as we go to press Wednesday night...."
"...San Antonio FC beat Rio Grande Valley, 1-0, in the first game of the 2017 USL season; their home opener at Toyota Field is this Saturday, April 1, at 7:30pm against LA Galaxy II, the first of three straight home matches... CONCACAF Champions League semifinal return legs are next week, April 4-5..."
"...Soccer said it "will work with the leagues on a pathway to full compliance." The NASL had been in danger of folding, and is down to eight teams for 2017. The USL has grown to 30 teams for 2017 – including San Antonio FC but not the still-dormant Austin Aztex – but not all of them meet D2 requirements for stadium size, among other issues… San Antonio, by the way, averaged the fifth highest attendance among the 38 minor league soccer teams playing in 2016, at 6,170 per game...."
"...5) San Antonio FC had a pretty good first season in USL; they finished just outside the playoffs, and the average attendance of 6,170 ranked fourth in the 29-team league...."
"...Its existence through 2018 remains uncertain. "People should be confident that they'll have insurance for the year," says FC program director Elizabeth Colvin..."
"...5 in Brazil, with most of the familiar names from last year's World Cup champions, but a few youngsters mixed in... The San Antonio FC have been on a tear recently in the USL, with a five-game unbeaten streak putting them into the playoff mix, after a 10-game winless streak..."
"...San Antonio FC has two games on TV this week, on Fox Sports Southwest: hosting the OKC Energy on Sat., May 21, and Rio Grande Valley on Wed., May 25, both at 7:30pm. More info at USLSanAntonio.com...."