Austin FC will change into Main League Soccer’s 27th franchise, the league confirmed on Tuesday.
The Texas membership will be part of MLS as an growth franchise after its possession group Precourt Sports activities Ventures (PSV) spent the previous yr exploring shifting its earlier membership — the Columbus Crew — to the Texas capital.
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“Austin is a thriving metropolitan metropolis — the embodiment of what we imply once we say MLS is a ‘League for a brand new America,'” stated MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’re extraordinarily proud to be the primary main skilled sports activities league to change into a part of the material of this necessary and thriving American metropolis.
“Of their help of a world-class soccer stadium that advantages the whole group, the management of town of Austin has proven large religion in our league and the game of soccer in North America. I need to thank Anthony Precourt for his continued dedication to our league and Mayor [Steve] Adler and the political management of town of Austin for his or her perception in Main League Soccer.”
Potential new Crew homeowners the Haslam and Edwards households stated final week that plans are shifting rapidly to shut the sale, leaving PSV clear to launch the growth facet in Austin.
Austin FC will begin play in 2021, in a $225 million privately financed stadium on metropolis land, a partnership for which officers in Austin authorized final month.
“It is a very proud second, and we’re so completely satisfied to share it with the folks of Austin, metropolis management, the devoted soccer followers of the area, and everybody who believed in our mission to deliver Main League Soccer to this unbelievable group,” stated Precourt.
“The best method we will present our gratitude is in our actions as leaders of Austin FC. Our intent is to construct a group that will be a perennial contender for MLS Cup, to construct a stadium at McKalla Place that rivals the very best sporting venues in North America, and to domesticate a membership tradition that brings folks collectively and all the time give again.”