Time to dust off your green and black.
Driving the news: Austin FC’s second season is upon us – and Hope springs forever.
What you say: “We have more quality, more experience, certainly more depth and you can see immediately that the competition on the pitch is very different than last year,” head coach Josh Wolff said last week.
Different is good: Last season was dismal on the field – Austin FC finished 12th out of 13 teams in the MLS Western Conference.
Yes but: The inaugural campaign was a resounding success in the stands.
- Fans loved North Austin’s new Q2 Stadium.
- And they bought many merch jerseys owned by three Austin FC players that ranked among the top 25 sellers nationwide.
What’s new: Austin FC drafted Kipp Keller, the NCAA’s top central defender; signed Norway’s Ruben Gabrielsen, who played professional defense in France; and paid more than $1 million to Colombian champions Deportivo Cali for Jhojan Valencia, a ball hawk sweeper.
Plus: Marketed as a “food, fun and football” venue, The Pitch will open in February.
- Located adjacent to the artificial turf training facility at Austin FC’s St. David’s Performance Center in north Austin, The Pitch will feature places to meet, watch the game and eat everything from Vietnamese chicken to Wagyu beef burgers.
What’s next: Austin FC host Toronto FC in a friendly on February 9th. The MLS season officially begins in late February.