See Austin FC's newly revealed jersey ahead of first MLS season

Austin FC released the design of its jersey Nov. 18. (Courtesy Austin FC)
Austin FC released the design of its jersey Nov. 18. (Courtesy Austin FC)

Austin FC released the design of its jersey Nov. 18. (Courtesy Austin FC)

With months to go until the start of its first Major League Soccer season and its stadium about 75% complete, Austin FC revealed its jersey Nov. 18.

The jersey will be part of the team's primary kit during the 2021 season. A lighter, secondary kit will be revealed later. Unlike other major league sports, MLS does not require a white uniform and a colored uniform, but it does require one dark jersey and one light jersey.

James Ruth, Austin FC's senior vice president of marketing, said the process to create the jersey has taken over a year, with input from CEO Anthony Precourt, club President Andy Loughnane and Matthew McConaughey, club minority owner and "minister of culture."

Ruth said McConaughey's involvement goes beyond bringing publicity in his celebrity owner role.

"Matthew has taken this on with real fervor; he's extremely invested in things like the look of the kit, how we present it, and in 2021, what our fan experience is going to be like," Ruth said.

The club wants to make the jersey about more than Austin's celebrities and the way the city presents itself to the rest of the world: Austin FC is calling the jersey "the uniform for Austin." Ruth said that is a play on the American idea of a sports uniform, but "also in this instance we mean the uniform for the people that work in Austin," he said.

Teaser videos Austin FC released ahead of the jersey reveal featured some of those Austinites who build the city's culture, from neon sign maker Evan Voyles to Otoko sushi chef Yoshi Okai and Gold Rush Vinyls founder Caren Kelleher.

Austin FC will become the 27th MLS franchise in the upcoming 2021 season. The start date of the season and the team's first home game are still yet to be determined. The 2020 MLS season will finish Dec. 12, after which the league will make decisions regarding 2021.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at


Tesla will continue construction of its southeast Travis County manufacturing plant through 2021. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Story to watch in 2021: Tesla’s gigafactory set for completion by year’s end

Tesla is already hiring a number of manufacturing positions for the factory as well as engineers.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Photoo of Travis County sign
Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners Court will hold rare joint session to address 'dire' COVID-19 status

County Judge Andy Brown called the meeting "an opportunity to coordinate responses."

Photo of a wine shop
Salt & Time expands with natural wine shop and other East Austin business news

Read about six businesses that have opened, closed or celebrated anniversaries on the East Side.

Voters line up during the Dec. 15 runoff election. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legality of ranked-choice voting prompts disagreement between supporters, Austin city attorneys

If a Jan. 11 petition is validated, Austin voters could decide whether to support the implementation a ranked-choice voting system. But is it unconstitutional?

A group of Austin-area school districts is advocating for early distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for school staff members. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin-area school districts advocate for teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Educators in the designated population for early distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in 32 states. Texas was not one of them, according to a Jan. 14 letter signed by 17 Central Texas school districts.

H-E-B is preparing to accept coronavirus vaccine appointments through an online portal. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B launches vaccine portal; Whipped Bakery opens in Leander and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Dr. Anthony Fauci gave remarks while accepting the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership from Dell Medical School. (Screenshot via The University of Texas)
Dr. Anthony Fauci praises UT researcher’s role in vaccine development

Dr. Anthony Fauci's remarks came while accepting the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership from Dell Medical School.