Austin FC Tryouts
Austin FC is a professional soccer team based in Austin, Texas. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the first division of American soccer as a member club of the league’s Western Conference.
Austin FC Youth Development System
The Austin FC Academy operates the exclusive Center of Excellence training program, providing training for the most talented players in Central Texas. The Center of Excellence will identify, assess, and develop high potential players, culminating with potential Austin FC Academy roster offers. This training program consists of two Fall cycles and two Spring cycles. The Center of Excellence is one night a week and allows you to register with a primary team.
Austin FC Recruitment Trials
Austin FC is currently inviting in players on a trial basis as identified through their scouting network. Players interested in being considered for a trial should complete the form by clicking here. Once your information is submitted it will be reviewed by the Austin FC Academy technical staff for consideration.
Please note that due to the volume of interest you will only be contacted if an invitation to trial is offered. Austin FC is not currently holding open tryouts for the Academy.
The academy recruitment process is managed by our academy staff and invitations will be sent to identified players to come to the club on trial. Interested players can also send their information (name, birth year, video link, current club) to [email protected].
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Austin FC History
The Austin area’s first major professional sports team to compete in a high division is the Austin FC soccer club. The city has had professional soccer teams in the past, including Austin Aztex FC, which relocated to Orlando in 2008 and eventually became Orlando City SC; the 2011 reincarnation of the Austin Aztex, which went on indefinite hiatus after the 2015 Memorial Day floods washed out their venue at House Park; and Austin Bold FC, which played in the second-division USL Championship at Circuit of the Americas from 2019-2021.
All of these teams are part of the city’s previous experience with professional soccer In October of 2017, the operator of Columbus Crew SC, Precourt Sports Ventures, revealed that they planned to relocate the group’s Major League Soccer franchise rights to Austin beginning with the 2019 MLS season. Following a number of meetings, on August 15, 2018, during a special session, the Austin City Council voted 7–4 to give the City Manager the authority to negotiate and execute a lease for a stadium with Precourt Sports Ventures.
This gave the City Manager the authority to move forward with the negotiations. The group presented the club’s name and insignia for the first time on August 22, 2018, at the North Door, which is located on the east side of Austin. The Butler Bros, a local Austin brand studio, was responsible for the design of the crest. The Butler Bros explained that the badge features the signature color “Bright Verde” to “project the vibrancy and creative energy of Austin,” intertwined oaks that “stand for the bond between Club and City,” and the four roots that unite all four cardinal directions of Austin (north, east, south, and west).
An Ohio-based group that includes Jimmy and Dee Haslam, owners of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, and Pete Edwards, a physician and businessman in Columbus, announced their intentions to acquire Columbus Crew in October 2018, with the goal of preventing the team from moving to another city. Officials from Major League Soccer have announced that Austin FC would become an expansion team operated by Precourt in the event that the acquisition of the Crew’s operating rights was accomplished and would begin play in 2021.
A finance deal between Precourt Sports Ventures and the City of Austin was struck on the 19th of December, 2018, for the construction of a new soccer-specific stadium at McKalla Place. The stadium’s opening was anticipated to take place in the early part of 2021.
Precourt Sports Ventures and the Haslam and Edwards families have struck an agreement in principle to transfer the operating rights of the Columbus Crew SC to the Haslam and Edwards families in January 2019, nine days following the finalization of the stadium contract. On January 15, 2019, it was officially revealed that Austin FC would be joining the Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2021.
The ownership group was rebranded as Two Oak Ventures in July 2019, and it was later expanded to include a number of well-known local residents and entrepreneurs. On July 23, 2019, the club announced that Josh Wolff would serve as the organization’s first head coach. On November 21, 2019, Claudio Reyna was introduced as the club’s sports director. At Banc of California Stadium on April 17, 2021, Austin FC played its debut Major League Soccer match, which was a loss against Los Angeles FC by a score of 0–2.
The following week, the club beat the Colorado Rapids for its first win of the season, earning a 3–1 triumph over them. Cecilio Dominguez was the first Designated Player for the club, and Diego Fagnez scored the first goal for the club. Cecilio Dominguez then scored the next two goals. On June 19, 2021, the first home opener was played for the season. The game ended in a tie with no goals scored by either team.
On July 1, 2021, the team won its first game ever played at home by defeating the Portland Timbers by a score of 4-1. The team’s first ever goal at its home stadium was scored by Jon Gallagher. At Q2 in Austin, Texas, on July 13, 2021, Austin FC played its first-ever international friendly match, which was against Tigres UANL. The club was defeated 3–1. On July 29, 2021, Austin FC made Sebastián Driussi their third Designated Player after signing him to a contract. His previous team, Zenit St. Petersburg, was reportedly paid a transfer price of approximately $7 million that was not made public.
Austin FC Stadium
A recently constructed stadium at McKalla Place is managed by Austin FC, the local soccer team. A sizable shopping center complex known as The Domain can be found in close proximity to the stadium. The stadium, built on public land and owned by the City of Austin, was privately financed by Two Oak Ventures. On December 19, 2018, the lease agreement was signed. The stadium, which opened on June 19, 2021 and has a capacity of 20,500, hosted its first Austin FC game.
On November 13, 2019, the club revealed their intentions to build a new training facility called the St. David’s Performance Center with privately funded construction costs of $45 million. The performance center will be located in the Parmer Pond area in northeast Austin. It will have four full-size soccer fields, one of which will have a seating section that can accommodate 1,000 people. In addition, the center will have an indoor facility that is 30,000 square feet in size.