Soccer Watch

The U.S. soccer community has come out vocally in opposition to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in strong statements from U.S. men's national team captain Michael Bradley, the MLS Players Union, and, notably, from a number of individual national team players, including Sacha Kljestan. His own father fled Yugoslavia, he told FourFourTwo, and "came to the U.S. illegally himself and built himself a life here. America is the land of opportunity, and I don't think we're the type of country that should shut our borders to anybody. I think we should welcome everybody here to our soil to live the American dream."

As expected, Spurs Sports & Entertain­ment submitted its application for Major League Soccer's expansion process before this week's deadline. San Antonio is one of 12 cities in the running for four next-round expansion slots to begin play in 2020 or thereafter. The Spurs, who currently own second-division San Antonio FC, issued a statement thanking "Bexar County, the City of San Anton­io, our corporate partners, and all of our supporters for their collaboration." See their video presentation, which includes the Austin market prominently, at

SAFC also announced their 2017 USL regular season schedule this week; they'll open at the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on March 26 before the home opener at Toyota Field on April 1 against LA Galaxy II, the first of 16 home games, continuing through Oct. 14.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Soccer Watch
Soccer Watch
Soccer Watch

Nick Barbaro, July 2, 2021

Soccer Watch
Soccer Watch
Breaking down the Euro 2020 and the 2021 Copa América

Nick Barbaro, June 25, 2021

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle