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Some interesting details – and some tough unanswered questions – on NWSL’s possible return to the field in July. The argument that the league’s smaller size and more modest attendances can help them pull this off is a compelling one.

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Supporters

Curb appeal.

Street address with Austin FC logo

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A new Austin FC supporters group has been launched: Los Verdes.

Los Verdes logo

From conversation on the Austin FC subreddit, it sounds like the new group was formed by former Anthem members who wanted a different approach.

There was always a desire to keep Anthem as the sole banner of supporters for Austin FC, but a number of Anthem leaders split off and have decided to create their own thing with a different model. [“TexanStig”]

and:

Anthem has had a

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only @AustinFC #verde for me on #flykitfriday

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Austin Pro Soccer

Depending on the day, anyone in a several-mile radius can see that a stadium is being constructed in North Austin near the Domain.

“It’s a pretty rewarding emotion,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said. “Just in the last two weeks alone we’ve gone vertical quickly. I think the community is probably starting to become aware that this is real.”

…There are about 450 construction workers on site six days a week (Sundays off), Loughnane said, with six cranes currently in

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With the 2020 USL Championship season delayed (at a minimum) and a venue that relies on the large crowds now prohibited due to the pandemic, Bobby Epstein’s staff reductions at COTA include Roberto Silva, general manager of Austin Bold FC (and before that, the Austin Aztex).

Bils in The Statesman

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What US Soccer needs is a much larger overhaul. Heather O’Reilly, who was on the Athlete Council that voted for Cordeiro, said US Soccer should go through “a lengthy process of reorganization”. She’s right, but the federation has resisted it for this long – why should anything change now?

The Guardian

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Stoppage Time

Stoppage Time 2/1/20

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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

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Stoppage Time 12/22/19

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Nick Barbaro at the Chronicle has a couple of 2019 top-10 lists for Austin soccer:

For the third year in a row, the top two local stories are Austin’s two pro soccer teams, but boy, have things changed. Austin FC, set to become the city’s first major league sports team, went from nonexistence to breaking ground on their sold-out stadium, while Austin Bold FC

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Stoppage Time 12/14/19

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Giovanni Reyna, the 17-year-old son of Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna, is following in his father’s cleat-steps. He’s even been making waves with Borussia Dortmund’s U19s:

Reyna scored two goals and registered two assists, helping Dortmund to a 5-1 win over Slavia Praha. With the win, Dortmund advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament, the youth version of the UEFA

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