Austin FC to officially join MLS in 2021

Austin will get its first major sports team in 2021 with the arrival of Major League Soccer franchise Austin FC.

The Texas team was officially launched at a press conference on Tuesday attended by MLS commissioner Don Garber, Austin FC chairman and chief executive Anthony Precourt and Austin mayor Steve Adler.

The team will play at a $225m (€197m) soccer-specific stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin. Groundbreaking will take place by September, while a training facility is also planned.

Precourt forfeited his rights to operate Columbus Crew, which is being taken over by a new ownership group led by Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, in order to run Austin FC.

“We will shortly be announcing that we’ll be welcoming in local Austin partners into our ownership group,” California-based Precourt said. “I’ve had very productive conversations over the last year, and we have very strong interest in a great line-up of local Austinites that will be part of this going forward.”

Austin has another professional soccer team, Austin Bold, which begins its inaugural campaign in the second-tier USL Championship this year.