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Stoppage Time 9/20/19

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

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  • NBC is hosting a live EPL Fan Fest in Austin next month – The stateside broadcasters will be set up in a mobile studio at Scholz Garden for the weekend of Oct. 26 & 27. They did this last season in a few New England cities, with 12,000 fans in attendance in Boston, for example. The events are free and open to the public, though
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Stoppage Time 9/13/19

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

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Listen. There was really only one story that dominated our reading this week. Here’s the roundup on a bunch of the coverage of Austin FC’s groundbreaking ceremony at McKalla Place:

MLS: Austin FC breaks ground on $242 million stadium, set to open in 2021

“We want a team, we want a stadium, and we want an experience that helps us grow the legend that is

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Austin Pro Soccer

Austin Soccer Stadiums Past, Present, & Future

Soccer supporters in Austin have chased the game all over town, this past decade:

Dragon Stadium (Round Rock HS)

Nelson Field (John H. Reagan HS)

House Park (Austin ISD)

Mike A. Myers Stadium (UT)

Shoal Creek (during its temporary expansion)

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (RRISD)

Bold Stadium (Circuit of the Americas)

Some of these are clearly better than others. House Park has a certain shabby-chic 1930s charm, but the high-school football fields generally were very, very far from ideal. The … Read the rest “Austin Soccer Stadiums Past, Present, & Future”

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Stoppage Time

Stoppage Time: 9/6/19

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

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“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).

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Stoppage Time: 8/30/19

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

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  • Matthew McConaughey becomes Austin FC minority owner, along with three other guys who are probably very nice, and probably bring more money, but let’s face it, McConaughey’s the news here. [Insert his “Dazed And Confused” catchphrase, as required by city, state, and federal laws whenever he is mentioned.]
  • MLS being anti-Antifa – This fight is centered in Portland, but is also taking place across
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Austin Pro Soccer Fandom

Relocation Grudges Past & Future

by Chris G.

I hated Orlando after the Aztex (“1.0”) moved there. I hated Orlando a lot. I wished nothing but the worst for that team, top to bottom. I wanted that owner and his greedy and misguided plans to not just fail, but to fail spectacularly. Here’s a bit of what I wrote at the time on my blog, The Aztexan:

I hope Orlando The City Beautiful City Soccer City Club SC or whatever the fuck

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Around Texas

Road Report: Dallas in CCL Round of 16

On Wednesday Chris G. road-tripped to Frisco to watch FC Dallas vs. Tauro FC in CONCACAF Champions League action.

The plan was to take a quick trip north, visit our favorite University of North Texas student, and have a pleasant evening watching my MLS team advance through the first knockout round of CONCACAF Champions League. Some of that plan worked out, and some of it didn’t.

With a rain forecast of 100% chance, my wife & daughter showed what fair-weather … Read the rest “Road Report: Dallas in CCL Round of 16”

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Austin Pro Soccer

My Stadium Pick: McKalla Place

by Lee Nichols

One of my favorite sayings is “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”

I usually apply it to politics, when I’m annoyed at those who demand ideological purity and refuse to consider a candidate who is actually electable.

I think it may apply to our Major League Soccer stadium search, as well.

On Tuesday, City of Austin staff released a map of public properties that might be used for the Columbus Crew if the team relocates … Read the rest “My Stadium Pick: McKalla Place”

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Austin Pro Soccer

MLS Austin Market Survey

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you probably already received or heard about this: an organization called Barrett Sports Group has been retained by MLS to conduct a survey to evaluate potential support for major league soccer in Austin. It’s unclear where exactly they got the mailing list, or who is behind this effort, but hey, it’s more action than we’ve seen since the Aztex left the field last year.

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Around Texas

Foundation to Hold Inaugural Austin Soccer Awards Banquet

Following is the press release from the Austin Soccer Foundation for Thursday’s awards banquet.

AUSTIN, Texas (July 8, 2016): The Austin Soccer Foundation (ASF) today announced that it will host the inaugural Austin Soccer Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the South Congress Hotel. The banquet will include recognition of ASF’s 2015 Scholarship Award Winners, Austin-area High School Players of the Year and the presentation of a special lifetime achievement award.

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