Austin’s Future Major League Soccer Team is in the Works, Faces Obstacles
Austin’s journey to having its own Major League Soccer team is well on its way. According to an Austin American-Statesman article, representatives from both sides of the final agreement have no intentions of backing out of the deal. However, the process still faces obstacles and will be ongoing for some time.
Currently, the process is seeing a contract in the making. According to city spokesman David Green, he is hopeful the contract will be complete come December after multiple rounds of reviewing.
Nonetheless, Austin’s plans for an MLS team faces obstacles, and planners still have a way to go in seeing this through. One such obstacle has to do with the “lingering uncertainty surrounding the possible move of Columbus Crew SC,” which is the soccer team that would relocate to Austin and become the city’s new team.
“While both sides agree things are moving smoothly, there are still several potential stumbling blocks … (Columbus Crew SC) team investor-operator Anthony Precourt, who announced in October 2017 that he was exploring a move, intended to finalize it for the 2019 season, but MLS has yet to sign off. A lawsuit hangs over proceedings in Ohio, and appears unlikely to be resolved by the end of the 2018 season.”
Currently, plans for a MLS Austin team, potentially called Austin FC, are on hold for the 2019 season — it is unclear whether season tickets and a temporary stadium will be announced. Regardless of if this plan will follow through and overcome its current obstacles, Austinites can look forward to a stadium at McKalla, which is scheduled to open in 2021. This gives the city adequate time to figure out a plan for Austin’s soccer scene.Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2018