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Austin FC likely to be confirmed as 27th MLS team next week

The long-running saga of potential relocation of MLS team Columbus Crew to Austin is ending. This week, new ownership for the Crew will be unveiled in Columbus. Meanwhile, on January 15, MLS executives – including MLS commissioner Don Garber – will be present for what is being billed as a “legendary announcement” in Austin.

The Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, will be present, telling the Austin American Statesman: “I’m real excited. I just think this is such a good and important thing for our community. We just don’t have a lot of things that bring people together the way I think a soccer team is going to in Austin.”

Austin is likely to be designated as the 27th MLS club at the announcement. The team will be owned by Anthony Precourt, the former owner of the Crew who recently sold that club to a group led by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

MLS is likely to announce its 28th team sometime during 2019.