“The best part about this franchise is it is the first time professional soccer in Austin really has a fair chance at succeeding,” Austin Bold FC General Manager Roberto Silva said.
Austin Bold FC, named after the city’s boldness for creativity and innovation, has also confirmed the signing of three players: Edson Braafheid, from the Netherlands and who has played in the 2008 Olympic games and in the 2010 World Cup final; Marcelo Saragosa, who has played nine years for Major League Soccer, including for the Los Angeles Galaxy and for FC Dallas; and Kléber Freitas, a Brazilian striker known as "Gladiator.”
“The kids are going to be happy to see [Freitas] on the field,” Silva said.
Silva also confirmed that Austin Bold FC is one of two remaining team choices for Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, known as the world’s fastest man.
“He hasn’t announced,” Silva said. “Even if we don’t get him now we’re going to try to get him soon. We’re excited to have that opportunity to get him to Austin.”
With the fate of having an MLS team in Austin still up in the air, Silva said it is too early to tell if Austin Bold FC will have local competition.
“If it does happen I think we’ll have a great Austin rivalry,” he said. “In many places in the world it’s very common to have local rivalry.”
Silva said the team will also be involved with the community and the numerous youth and adult soccer leagues.
“It’s about having the entertainment option and allowing the kids to see professional soccer and development [of their skills] and an opportunity for our homegrown talent to stay in Austin,” he said.
Soccer fans can already purchase 2019 season tickets ranging from $189-$490 for 20 games. More information is available at www.austinboldfc.com.
Amy has worked for Community Impact since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for 9 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to Southwest Austin. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.