Keeping Central Texans up-to-date on all the soccer news that’s fit to link to.
Austin Bold FC’s 2020 roster is taking shape:
The Austin Bold filled the most glaring hole in its roster on Tuesday, announcing the signing of left back Ismaila Jome.
Jome, who played for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in 2019, will add a new dimension to the Bold, providing balance with his 6-foot-1 frame, speed and accurate left foot… The Gambia native grew up near Minneapolis and played in college at UC-Santa Barbara before joining Minnesota United in 2016. He rose with the Loons to MLS the following year and made 12 appearances during their expansion season.
Austin FC name first academy technical director: Juan Delgado (PDF)
As Austin FC Academy Technical Director, Dr. Delgado will be responsible for building the coaching methodology for Austin FC Academy and helping develop, establish and maintain the direct connection of playing styles from Austin FC’s First Team… through the Austin FC Academy teams. Additionally, Delgado will work with Academy General Manager Tyson Wahl and Sporting Director Claudio Reyna on the long-term player development plan for Austin FC Academy players and teams.
Construction continues steadily at McKalla Place, but the new MLS team in Nashville is facing serious stadium drama:
During today’s meeting, MLS Commissioner Don Garber made it clear to Mayor Cooper that Major League Soccer would not have awarded Nashville an expansion team without the commitment made by the city to build a soccer stadium at the Fairgrounds. The Mayor’s continued refusal to proceed is a deep disappointment to Nashville SC and MLS.
And last but not least, we stepped back and took a look at the level of ambition evident from the Austin FC organization, finding it unquestionable:
There doesn’t seem to be much question today as to the ambition of majority owner Anthony Precourt and his ownership group. If Wahl were to include Austin in this year’s ranking, we would make the case that Austin would be in the top half of the discussion, if not the top five.
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US Women’s National Team
The USWNT are getting the job done in Olympic qualifying, clinching a semifinal spot with a game to go:
Lindsey Horan recorded her first-ever international hat trick in the match. She scored the first goal of the match and ended the evening with the final goal. Meanwhile, also finding the back of the net for the United States were Lynn Williams, Rose Lavelle, Christen Press, Tobin Heath and Jess McDonald.
That final result against Panama was my favorite: the score that’s also the appropriate emoticon: 8-0. The women play the last of their qualifying group games Monday night against Costa Rica, with first place in the group on the line (7:30PM on FS1 & TUDN).
US Men’s National Team
Meanwhile, the USMNT have been in camp, and will also face Costa Rica. That game is today (Saturday, 2:55PM on ESPNews & Unimas).
Matthew McConaughey, who is proving to be of immense value as a celebrity owner of Austin FC. He’s sitting with Will Ferrell at LAFC games in Austin FC gear, he’s attending Chelsea games in Austin FC gear, he’s appearing on Men In Blazers in Austin FC gear. He’s either running critically low on non-affiliated clothing, or he’s taking his brand ambassadorship seriously. I don’t know who Austin’s MLS team could have asked for to be a better cheerleader.
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) January 22, 2020
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