Austin Bold FC

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Austin Bold FC
Austin Bold FC logo 2018.svg
Full nameAustin Bold Football Club
Founded2018; 1 year ago (2018)
StadiumBold Stadium
Capacity5,000
ChairmanBobby Epstein
Head coachMarcelo Serrano
LeagueUSL Championship
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Austin Bold FC is an American professional soccer team located within the ETJ of Austin, Texas. Founded in 2017, the team made its debut in the USL Championship in 2019.[1][2][3]

Stadium[edit]

The club will play at a newly constructed stadium on the grounds of the Circuit of the Americas race track, to be located between the amphitheater and the grand plaza.[4] The first goal in the stadium was scored by Kleber Giacomazzi in a 1–0 win against San Antonio FC on March 30, 2019.[citation needed]

Ownership[edit]

Bobby Epstein, chairman of the Circuit of the Americas, has led the ownership group after becoming majority owner 2017. He is currently involved in a public relations battle with Anthony Precourt who has been sanctioned by Major League Soccer to create a franchise in Austin after selling his stake amid controversy in the Columbus Crew. Epstein hopes to build up his franchise fan base and use public perception and city government to keep Precourt from founding a team, perhaps purchasing the franchise rights himself. Epstein has been criticized for his tactics, including hiring petition campaigners who are accused of lying to the public.[5][6][7]

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2019–present BLK Ascension Seton[8]

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of April 19, 2019[citation needed]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Juan David Ramírez (on loan from Atlético Nacional)  Colombia
2 Defender Jorge Troncoso  Chile
3 Defender Edson Braafheid  Netherlands
4 Defender Jermaine Taylor  Jamaica
6 Midfielder Calum Mallace  Scotland
7 Forward Julian Gaines ([A])  United States
8 Midfielder Xavier Báez  Mexico
9 Forward Kléber  Brazil
10 Forward Francis Atuahene (on loan from FC Dallas)  Ghana
11 Forward Isaac Promise  Nigeria
12 Defender Demar Phillips  Jamaica
13 Forward Roberto Avila ([A])  United States
14 Midfielder Faris Abdi  Saudi Arabia
15 Defender Amobi Okugo  United States
17 Defender Sean McFarlane  Jamaica
18 Defender Fabien Garcia  France
19 Forward Kris Tyrpak  United States
20 Defender Josué Soto (on loan from Querétaro)  United States
21 Midfielder Thomas de Villardi  France
22 Forward Clayton Adams  United States
23 Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson  Jamaica
24 Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo  United States
27 Midfielder Valeri Saramutin  Russia
28 Defender London Woodberry  United States
33 Midfielder Sonny Guadarrama  United States
45 Midfielder Ema Twumasi (on loan from FC Dallas)  Ghana
99 Forward André Lima  Brazil
  1. ^ Austin Bold Academy Contract

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Marcelo Augusto Silva Serrano  Brazil August 3, 2018 present 18 7 6 5 038.89

Staff[edit]

  • Roberto Silva – general manager
  • Marcelo Serrano – head coach
  • Ryan Thompson – goalkeeper coach
  • Clint Stricker – strength coach

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USL Announces Return to Austin in 2019". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Austin pro soccer franchise will roll in 2019 in 5,000-seat COTA venue". Mystatesman.com. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Austin Bold FC Hosts Official Launch". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Bils, Chris. "Austin Bold FC breaks ground on stadium, signs former Liga MX midfielder". Austin American-Statesman.
  5. ^ "Austin PAC Under Fire for Transphobic Comments, Racist Campaign Ad". Spectrumlocalnews.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Austin PAC says they mistakenly used 'racist' frog in ad against Adler". Fox7austin.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Caught on Video: Petitioners giving misinformation about MLS stadium deal". Fox7austin.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Austin Bold FC Unveils Inaugural Jersey and Announces Partnership with Ascension Seton". Austinboldfc.com. March 5, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.

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