Austin Bold FC
"USL Austin" redirects here. It is not to be confused with the USL team that played in Austin in 2015, Austin Aztex.
Not to be confused with Austin FC, the Major League Soccer franchise starting play in 2021 at McKalla Place.
Austin Bold Football Club
Founded August 9, 2017; 21 months ago
Stadium Bold Stadium
League USL Championship
Austin Bold FC is an American professional soccer team located within the ETJ of Austin, Texas. Founded in 2017, the team made its debut in the USL Championship in 2019.
The club will play at a newly constructed stadium on the grounds of the Circuit of the Americas race track, to be located between the amphitheater and the grand plaza. The first goal in the stadium was scored by Kleber Giacomazzi in a 1–0 win against San Antonio FC on March 30, 2019.
Bobby Epstein, chairman of the Circuit of the Americas, has led the ownership group after becoming majority owner 2017. He is currently involved in a public relations battle with Anthony Precourt who has been sanctioned by Major League Soccer to create a franchise in Austin after selling his stake amid controversy in the Columbus Crew. Epstein hopes to build up his franchise fan base and use public perception and city government to keep Precourt from founding a team, perhaps purchasing the franchise rights himself. Epstein has been criticized for his tactics, including hiring petition campaigners who are accused of lying to the public.
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