Stoppage Time: 9/6/19

Keeping Central Texans up-to-date on all the soccer news that’s fit to link to.

Reading & Listening

“The Tomb Of Soccer History” with Dave Brett Wasser – an interview with long-time fan and soccer video historian Dave Brett Wasser on one of the newest podcasts that’s sprung up lately, Austin’s Soccer Pod. Follow the SoundCloud link or subscribe in your podcast player of choice (we recommend Overcast if you’re on iOS).

Game over: Anti-stadium group that fought to get Prop A on ballots won’t campaign for it

Fair Play Austin, the political action committee financially backed by the head of the Circuit of the Americas, announced Monday it will not campaign for the Major League Soccer stadium voter proposition it helped put on the ballot. The announcement is a major blow to supporters of Proposition A, which calls for elections on any lease of city-owned property for a sports or entertainment venue.


Timbers Army fans suspended for Iron Front flag – the anti-antifa saga continues, with no signs yet of the league changing their stance. We mentioned this story last week, but Jeff Carlisle at ESPN has the full, up-to-date scoop on what this feud’s all about.

“We can appeal on moral grounds or business grounds,” [Sheba Rawson of the Timbers Army] said. “We have options for escalation in both of those arenas if we need to. Here’s the thing. None of us want to. We think it’s a very simple fix. It wouldn’t be a hard thing [for MLS] to walk it back and say, ‘You know what? We didn’t think this through. Oh my gosh. We didn’t know this was so important.’ And you could buy so much good will with some of the most ardent supporters.”

Watched

Austin Bold claims inaugural Copa Tejas with 3-0 win over RGV

The Bold secured the trophy, their first in franchise history, Sunday night with a 3-0 win over Rio Grande Valley FC, clinching the best record in regular-season matches between Austin, El Paso Locomotive, San Antonio FC and RGV.

FC Dallas downs short-handed FC Cincinnati 3-1 – in a game that saw Kekuta Manneh – formerly of Austin Aztex, now in Cincinnati – get a straight red. A contingent of Austin Anthem folks road-tripped up I-35 to catch the game, too.

FC Dallas picked up their second straight and 12th overall win of the season to close out the month of August as they downed 10-man FC Cincinnati 3-1 on Saturday night. Zdenek Ondrasek continued his hot streak with a goal and assist, while Ryan Hollingshead and Michael Barrios also added goals of their own to help seal the win.

Houston Dynamo can’t find equalizer in 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City

Coming into tonight’s contest at Children’s Mercy Park against Sporting Kansas City, interim manager Davy Arnaud was still seeking his first three points since taking over for Wilmer Cabrera. Unfortunately, he’ll have to keep waiting as the Dynamo were defeated 1-0 on the road.

Kristen Hamilton debuts in another USWNT win over Portugal

The win was [head coach Jill] Ellis’ 105th as U.S. manager, tying Tony DiCicco’s all-time record. Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first half — once from the penalty spot — in the third of the Americans’ five World Cup victory-tour matches. Lindsey Horan added a late goal off the bench. Ellis has two remaining games as U.S. coach, both against South Korea. A victory in either will put her in sole possession of the all-time wins mark for a U.S. coach.

Gonna Watch

US Men’s National Team friendlies – taking on Mexico on Friday at 7:30 in NJ, and Uruguay on Tuesday at 7:00 in St. Louis (both on Fox Sports 1)

Austin FC stadium groundbreaking – Monday at 10:30AM (facebook.com/AustinFC)

Sacramento Republic at Austin Bold FC – Wednesday at 7:30 at Bold Stadium (ESPN+)

Minnesota United at Houston Dynamo – Wednesday at 7:30 (ESPN+)

Also on tap: no European club matches, because it’s an international window. Though of course there are MLS games, on Saturday and next Wednesday, because our league ignores FIFA breaks. Also, bunches of Euro 2020 qualifying on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, on the ESPN channels & streams.

Shout-out to:

Soccer Watch in the Austin Chronicle – Nick Barbaro is a dang hero who has been writing about our favorite sport in Austin’s alt-weekly paper since he previewed the Korea/Japan Men’s World Cup in 2002. 2002! Grab your copy of the Chronicle every week for Soccer Watch, and get independent news and event coverage, too.


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