Austin FC has Their Main Man
Soccer is gaining momentum in the United States. With the success of the Women’s National Team in the World Cup this year and the availability of all the European leagues via stream it’s easy to see why more people are watching the sport. With so many great teams and leagues in Europe, it’s easy to miss the Major League Soccer league in the US. MLS currently has 24 teams playing soccer in both America and Canada with 3 expansion teams to start to play in the coming years. Those teams are Inter Miami, Nashville SC, and Austin FC.
This week, one of the new expansion team announced their head coach. Austin FC announced on Tuesday, July 23rd , that Josh Wolff will be the franchise’s first head coach. Wolff is currently the assistant coach on the US Men’s National Team. He held the same title for four years with the Columbus Crew SC, another MLS team.
Austin FC Chairman and CEO Anthony Precourt stated that “Josh Wolff is a rising star in the coaching ranks of our league, and on behalf of Austin FC we are thrilled to have secured a head coach with Josh’s exceptional character and soccer acumen to lead our club.” He went on to say that “Josh’s track record as a player and coach have prepared him for this day.”
Wolf was a striker for the US team from 1999-2008 where he played on the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams. This was after he made a name for himself playing on the Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards, now currently Sporting Kansas City. He ended his playing career playing for the D.C United MLS team before joining the Columbus Crew SC in a coaching role.
Wolff commented that. “It is a tremendous honor to join Austin FC and begin the process of building Austin’s team into a class club for all of Austin to enjoy.” When media asked why did they hire a head coach before a general manager Precourt said that he didn’t want to miss out on Wolff and that he wanted to hire the right talent right away.
While Austin FC has no players currently on the roster it will be up to Wolff to start the scouting process to fill the roster with players that can come out and compete with the likes of LAFC, LA Galaxy, and Atlanta United.
Austin FC will become the 27th franchise in the MLS with the first kickoff slated for the 2021 season.
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