Man On: With Austin FC’s captain, Alex Ring

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Austin, TX – Some athletes stumble into their profession. Some come to it late, or by some circuitous route. Alex Ring was only ever going to be a professional soccer player. He told his parents at the tender of 4, after having watched the 1994 FIFA Mens World Cup, coincidently hosted in the US, that […] READ MORE



Timbers felled again, Austin inspired in attack

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AUSTIN, TX – Had this game been played in England, ‘Can we play you every week?’ would’ve been the chant rolling out of any stand in any ground. Such is the traditional cry ‘over the pond’ when one team routs another just as Austin FC did against Portland Timbers for the second time this season. […] READ MORE



Takes Stock of Austin FC Five Games Into the Season

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EDITORIAL – I want to take a look at Austin FC five games into their inaugural season. What have we got? Two wins, three defeats, lots of firsts. The first game, first goal, first defeat, first victory, first yellow card and first red card, first penalty conceded – then promptly saved. To quote Russell Crowe’s […] READ MORE


The First Austin FC Clean Sheet Leads to win in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, MN – Good teams win when they play well. Great teams win when they don’t. It’s far too early to label Austin FC a great team, but they certainly have something about them. Austin FC didn’t play badly during their first-ever visit to Allianz Field, but it wasn’t quite the free-flowing attack witnessed […] READ MORE


Feel It Still: NYCFC Home Opener 2018

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This is my fourth NYCFC Home Opener. For two of them I’ve been with the press, and for two I’ve been with the fans. Some of them have been cold. Some of them have been arctic. Some of them have been wins, some have been ties. All of them have involved some element of trepidation. […] READ MORE


All of This; And Nothing: NYCFC’s 2017 Season

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You’re heading up to the Bronx to watch the second leg of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and you’re thinking about NYCFC‘S 2017 season. So you take the long way. You sneak through the Holland Tunnel and emerge among cobblestones and then drive up through Manhattan. You take the West Side Highway so you can […] READ MORE


Northern Exposure: NYCFC and Canada

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It’s possible, I suppose, that losing to Vancouver was a good thing. Maybe going into an international break you like the opportunity to take two weeks to remind yourself, day in and day out, that you can’t take anything for granted in this league. Or maybe you like having fourteen days to prepare for a […] READ MORE