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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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Stoppage Time 12/7/19

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The big news this past week was Claudio Reyna’s arrival as Austin FC’s first sporting director, announced at a press conference on Tuesday:

In the Q&A session with fans, Reyna hinted that Designated Players coming to Austin might not be of the David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Andrea Pirlo variety that marked NYCFC’s debut season.

“New York is a very cluttered market with so

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Stoppage Time 11/17/19

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Austin FC announced plans for a large training facility in Northeast Austin:

The center, home to Austin FC and its academy teams, will encompass four full-size soccer fields along with 30,000 square feet where players, coaches and other soccer operations staff will work, train, eat, watch film, recover and receive medical care. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the team’s first

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Stoppage Time 11/9/19

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Austin Bold showing signs of support heading to 2020:

Yet it was a midweek playoff match, scheduled only a few days in advance, that showed interest may be on the upswing for 2020. The 5,036-seat venue was by no means full for the Bold’s 2-0 win over LA Galaxy II on Oct. 23, but the announced crowd of 2,656 felt every bit of a

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Stoppage Time 11/2/19

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Sergiño Dest has chosen to play for USA over Netherlands:

In recent weeks, both Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman and US counterpart Gregg Berhalter had spoken to Dest in an attempt to persuade him.

“Of course, it was a tough decision for me when the Dutch men’s national team showed their interest, but I have built up a very good feeling with Team USA over

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Stoppage Time 10/26/19

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The MLS team on the other end of US 290 has a new coach: Tab Ramos is taking over in Houston:

Ramos, 53, joins the Dynamo after serving as the head coach of the United States Under-20 National Team since 2011 and as the U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director since 2013. During that time, he led the U-20s to the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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Stoppage Time 10/19/19

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It was a bad night for the reputation of Bulgarian fans, as their racist abuse of England’s black players nearly caused their European qualifying match to be abandoned. That the Bulgaria team leadership are turning a blind eye to it, makes it all the worse:

The statement from Bulgaria’s manager, Krasimir Balakov, that he had not noticed anything, that he just wanted to talk about

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Stoppage Time 10/12/19

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Farewell to DaMarcus Beasley: a US star with no interest in the limelight. DMB is such a good guy; looking forward to see what else he’ll do to grow the game in the US.

Tim Howard is coming to Austin:

The former Blues goalkeeper will be making a first appearance in his new role [as the Club’s first International Ambassador in the US]

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Stoppage Time 10/5/19

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Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea season is hitting a rough patch

Pulisic has gone five matches out of Chelsea’s past six matches without seeing a single minute of playing time, with the lone exception being a Carabao Cup start against Grimsby Town.

Maybe some time with the US team the next couple of weeks will improve his fortunes.

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