AS reported by theguardian.co.uk
The MLS side may swap Ohio for Austin, Texas. But is there a room in a city which could go from zero professional clubs to two?
Applause rippled through the room as a curtain fell to reveal the name and crest of Austin’s new professional soccer team. But the audience was not here to welcome the Major League Soccer club that is desperately trying to relocate to Texas from Ohio. This, in a VIP lounge next to the starting grid, was the launch of a United Soccer League franchise that will play at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack.
The new team’s players include Edson Braafheid, who came off the bench for Holland in the 2010 World Cup final, and they are pursuing a quixotic bid to add some pace by signing Usain Bolt. Early next year the club intends to finish a 5,000-capacity stadium tucked into a bend in the Formula One track. The side are named the Austin Bold – which seems apt, all things considered. For years Texas’s capital was largely indifferent and unable to offer a viable stadium location, but now it is on the verge of going from no professional teams to two in 2019. And to think locals gripe that Austin is no longer weird.