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With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

The Austin City Council postponed action regarding the potential future home of a Major League Soccer club this week, but there is plenty to discuss after eight publicly owned sites were unveiled as possibilities earlier this week. The city released a detailed report Thursday, providing more information about the sites identified as having the potential to be home to a stadium or practice facility...
USL Austin franchise hitting make-or-break point as MLS talks delayed

USL Austin franchise hitting make-or-break point as MLS talks delayed

As the Austin City Council puts off a discussion regarding Major League Soccer, a scenario could unfold that leaves Austin with no professional soccer club in 2019. Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein, who announced in August that he was launching a United Soccer League franchise in ‘19, said his project is not viable if an MLS team comes to Austin. Columbus Crew SC ownership...

Texas Stars fall to Ontario Reign at home

The Texas Stars fell to the Ontario Reign 4-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night. The loss halted a three-game winning streak for the Stars. Ontario (11-10-0-1) trailed 2-1 late in the second period but scored three unanswered goals to finish off the game. Kevin Gravel scored and assisted on a goal while Matt Moulson had four assists on the night to lead Ontario. Texas (16-10-0-1) took...
Austin City Council could see preliminary MLS report Thursday

Austin City Council could see preliminary MLS report Thursday

Major League Soccer is still on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, but no action will be taken to advance the possibility of Columbus Crew SC moving to Austin. Eight city-owned locations were identified in a work session Tuesday as either a potential stadium or training site, or both, and those could be discussed at the meeting. There also is expected to be a preliminary report...
Austin identifies sites for viable MLS stadium or practice facility

Austin identifies sites for viable MLS stadium or practice facility

Austin city staffers identified eight city-owned sites Tuesday that could house a Major League Soccer stadium or practice facility, including three on parkland. Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, announced Oct. 17 that it was exploring a move to Austin in 2019 if a suitable site for a privately funded stadium can be found. The five possible stadium sites include three pieces of...

Texas Stars top Ontario Reign for third straight win

The Texas Stars picked up their third straight win as they defeated the Ontario Reign 4-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday. Jason Dickinson scored twice in the third period to help lift the Stars (16-9-0-1) to the win. Landon Bow had another strong night in goal for Texas, making 23 saves on 25 shots. Travis Morin assisted on two goals in the contest for the Stars. Justin Dowling opened...

Texas Stars win second overtime game in a row

Sheldon Dries scored with just a minute remaining in overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. The goal by Dries, assisted by Travis Morin, gave the Stars (15-9-0-1) their second straight overtime victory and their 10th win out of the last 13 contests. The last three wins by Texas were earned in overtime or shootout...
MLS to Austin: Commissioner pans Columbus support of Crew

MLS to Austin: Commissioner pans Columbus support of Crew

In the run-up to Saturday’s MLS Cup title match between Toronto and Seattle, Commissioner Don Garber has addressed questions about the Crew SC’s possible move to Austin, not closing the door on Columbus yet painting a bleak picture. “What do you do in a market that simply is the lowest in every measure? In attendance, in revenue, in ticket pricing, in sponsorship, in local television...

Austin Spurs lose fourth straight

Both the Austin Spurs and Santa Cruz Warriors had six players score in double digits, but the Warriors came out on top 107-102 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. The loss made it four straight for the Spurs. James Southerland led all scorers with 27 points and led the Warriors (10-5) with eight rebounds. Alex Hamilton added 16 points and was an assist and three rebounds short of...
Veteran Express manager will have new hitting, pitching coaches

Veteran Express manager will have new hitting, pitching coaches

Jason Wood will return for his fourth year managing the Round Rock Express, but he’ll break in a new hitting and pitching coach. Howard Johnson, a popular third baseman with the New York Mets for nine years, is the new hitting coach. He replaced Jim Presley, who is no longer with the Texas Rangers organization. Brian Shouse, who had a 10-year major-league career as a left-handed reliever, takes...
EXCLUSIVE: Pro football Spring League heads to Austin for 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Pro football Spring League heads to Austin for 2018

Austin will experience a taste of pro football in 2018. Brian Woods, founder and CEO of the Spring League, told the American-Statesman on Thursday he is bringing his free-agent showcase to town for a three-week run in late March and April. Think of the Spring League as part extended NFL combine, part NBA G-League. Approximately 150 pro football hopefuls will be divided into four teams, practice daily...
Columbus Crew owners offer sketch of potential Austin soccer stadium

Columbus Crew owners offer sketch of potential Austin soccer stadium

If Austin signs off on a privately financed stadium on city parkland near downtown, the owners of a Major League Soccer team see a facility that would have a small geographic footprint yet make a giant positive impact on the community. Precourt Sports Ventures, which operates Columbus Crew SC and is exploring a move to Austin, told the American-Statesman on Tuesday that finding the right stadium site...

Texas Stars take a win at home in overtime

Sheldon Dries scored twice and Travis Morin put the puck in the net in overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 5-4 win over the Iowa Wild at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Tuesday night. The win made it six victories out of the last seven contests for the Stars. Morin’s goal came 3:55 into the overtime period and completed a comeback for the Stars (14-9-0-1). They trailed 4-2 in the second...

Austin Spurs can’t complete comeback, drop third straight

Despite a strong effort late in the game, the Austin Spurs dropped their third straight game as they fell to the Iowa Wolves 110-106 on Tuesday night in Des Moines. Darrun Hilliard scored 33 points to lead all scorers, but it wasn’t enough for the Spurs to complete the comeback win. Austin (8-6) outscored Iowa 37-25 in the final period and pulled within two, but free throws by Elijah Millsap...
EXCLUSIVE: Group plans to replace Expo Center with arena, stadium

EXCLUSIVE: Group plans to replace Expo Center with arena, stadium

A small local group with a big vision and political backing has unveiled plans for a wide-ranging project called the East Austin District, highlighted by a large arena and a multipurpose stadium. Austin Sports & Entertainment, co-founded by former University of Texas swimming star Sean Foley and New England sports entrepreneur Andrew Nestor, partnering with Rodeo Austin, intends to work with the city...

Austin Spurs fall in second straight game

The third time was the charm for the Salt Lake City Stars as they defeated the Austin Spurs 102-97 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. After dropping their first two contests with the Spurs this season, the Stars came away victorious for the first time. The loss makes two in a row for the Spurs. Tony Bradley led the charge for Salt Lake City, scoring 28 points while pulling down 12...

Win streak halted for Texas Stars at end of successful road trip

The Texas Stars fell to the Rockford IceHogs 6-2 in Rockford, Ill., ending the Stars’ five-game winning streak Saturday night. Despite the loss, the Stars (13-9-0-1) ended their seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record. They’ll play the next five games at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Vinnie Hinostroza led the IceHogs (13-9-1-0) with three assists while Anthony Louis and Matthew Highmore...

Austin Spurs tripped up by Texas Legends

The Austin Spurs saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to the Texas Legends 111-102 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Two members of the Legends (5-5) scored more than 20 points to lead Texas to the win. Johnathan Motley scored 28 while Jameel Warney recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Ashley added 18 points and 13 rebounds for...

Texas Stars win in shootout for fifth straight victory

The Texas Stars made if five wins in a row as they defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 in a shootout Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich. After opening a seven-game road trip with a loss to San Antonio, the Stars (13-8-0-1) have won five straight with one game remaining on the road before returning home. Roope Hintz scored the only goal in the shootout to give Texas the win while Mike McKenna stopped...
Austin Elite 2018 schedule set for Major League Rugby

Austin Elite 2018 schedule set for Major League Rugby

Austin Elite will make their Major League Rugby debut April 21 against the Glendale Raptors in suburban Denver. The Austin club, which spun off from the Huns, is part of the new seven-team MLR, which will play a 10-week regular season followed by playoffs. Austin Elite will make their regular-season home debut May 5 at Stadium ATX, 4107 Nixon Lane in Southeast Austin, against NOLA Gold of New Orleans...
Could this lakefront parkland become Austin’s soccer stadium?

Could this lakefront parkland become Austin’s soccer stadium?

Welcome to Butler Shores Metropolitan Park, city-owned lakefront parkland next to Zilker Park that could be ground zero in the debate about helping a Major League Soccer team move to Austin.  The well-worn tract with 15 buildable acres at 200 S. Lamar Blvd., a preferred choice of Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, conjures up vastly different images depending on who’s...
Columbus officials release details of MLS, Precourt presentation

Columbus officials release details of MLS, Precourt presentation

On Wednesday, City of Columbus officials released a letter detailing what they presented to Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures at the joint meeting Nov. 15 between league commissioner Don Garber, Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt, Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Partnership President and CEO Alex Fischer. The letter also requested that Columbus not be “pitted...

Texas Stars win fourth straight

In the midst of a seven-game road trip, the Texas Stars have caught fire. They continued their winning ways, defeating Grand Rapids 5-2 on Wednesday night in Mich. for their fourth win in a row. After a scoreless first period, the Stars (12-8-0-1) fell behind in the second before scoring five goals in the final 32 minutes of the game. Curtis McKenzie scored a hat trick for Texas while Travis Morin...
City Council to review report about possible MLS stadium sites Dec. 14

City Council to review report about possible MLS stadium sites Dec. 14

The staff report assessing city-owned property that could become home to a Major League Soccer team will be discussed at the Austin City Council meeting on Dec. 14. Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, announced Oct. 17 that they are exploring a move to Austin. On Nov. 9, City Council member Kathie Tovo’s resolution to explore potential sites in the urban core was ...
Underdog Crew SC play Toronto once more for berth to MLS Cup final

Underdog Crew SC play Toronto once more for berth to MLS Cup final

What: Eastern Conference finals, second leg When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1) Where: Toronto Format: After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, this match will decide who plays for the MLS Cup. About Columbus: The Crew, the East’s No. 5 seed, are clearly the underdogs. However, in this format where away goals count double, they likely won’t be shy about pressing the action. A draw &mdash...

Texas Stars win third straight AHL contest

Samuel Laberge scored his first career goal in the third period to help the Texas Stars defeat the Cleveland Monsters 3-2 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night. The win for the Stars (11-8-0-1) was the second in as many days over the Monsters (7-6-2-2), who they defeated on 4-1 on Friday afternoon. It was also the first time the Stars won three straight games since starting...

Austin Spurs win in overtime in San Antonio

Darrun Hilliard hit a 3-point shot in the overtime period to lift the Austin Spurs to a 96-95 win over the Agua Caliente Clippers in San Antonio on Friday night. The Clippers managed just two free throws in the two-minute NBA G League overtime to fall to 4-4. Hilliard led the Spurs with 25 points as Austin improved to 8-3 on the season with its third win in a row. The teams met at the AT&T Center...

Texas Stars make it back-to-back wins

The visiting Texas Stars won back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks as they defeated the Cleveland Monsters 4-1 in an afternoon contest on Friday. A couple of individual scoring droughts fell as Denis Gurianov and Justin Dowling got on the board for the Stars. Gurianov scored just 1:13 into the second period to end a streak of 16 games without scoring a goal. Dowling utilized a power play...

Austin Spurs defeat Salt Lake City Stars on the road

Darrun Hilliard and Nick Johnson each scored 21 points as the Austin Spurs defeated the Salt Lake City Stars 116-104 in Utah on Wednesday. Spurs rookie Jaron Blossomgame recorded a double-double in the win as he scored 13 points to go with 12 rebounds. Livio Jean-Charles added 16 points in the win. The Spurs outscored the Stars 37-26 in the first period and held a 58-50 lead by halftime. Austin built...

Austin Spurs hold on for road win

Darrun Hilliard scored 38 points to lead the Austin Spurs to a 101-98 win over the Northern Arizona Suns in Prescott Valley, Ariz. on Tuesday night. Hilliard ended the game on a personal 6-0 run against the Suns to lift Austin to the win. His final two free throws put the Spurs up by three and Alec Peters missed a game-tying 3-pointer to end the game. Matt Costello had a double-double for Austin (6-3)...

Texas Stars win in overtime on the road

The Texas Stars avoided losing two games in a row as they defeated Chicago 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night on the road. Jason Dickinson scored his eighth goal of the season to lift Texas to the win just 21 seconds into the overtime period. He was assisted by Brent Regner and Curtis McKenzie on the play. Landon Bow earned the win for Texas (9-8-0-1), stopping 31 of 32 shots. Kasimir Kaskisuo took...
Crew SC to play conference final before sellout home crowd

Crew SC to play conference final before sellout home crowd

MLS PLAYOFFS Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC What: Eastern Conference finals, leg 1 When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. (ESPN) Where: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Format: Two-game series; better goal aggregate wins. The second leg is Nov. 29 in Toronto. Crowded house: Amid the backdrop of the franchise possibly moving to Austin, the #SaveTheCrew movement has rallied support and sold out the 20,000-seat stadium...

Texas Stars denied by San Antonio Rampage

Andrew Agozzino scored a goal and assisted on two others as the San Antonio Rampage dealt the Texas Stars a 5-2 loss in San Antonio on Saturday night. Tage Thompson scored and assisted on a goal while Jordan Schmaltz and Chris Butler each assisted on two goals for the Rampage. Max French and Jason Dickinson were the only Stars to score for Texas in the first contest of a seven-game road trip. After...

South Bay Lakers top Austin Spurs again

Jaron Blossomgame scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Spurs to win their third straight game as they fell to the South Bay Lakers 113-96 on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Ivica Zubac scored 19 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers to the win. Alex Caruso added 18 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists in the victory...

Austin Spurs lead early and cruise to win over Oklahoma City

The Austin Spurs took an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Oklahoma City Blue 107-87 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Jaron Blossomgame scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Austin. He shot 11-of-17 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Darrun Hilliard notched a double-double, scoring 21 points to go with 10 assists for the Spurs...
Rangers or Astros? Express to keep options open for 2019

Rangers or Astros? Express to keep options open for 2019

The Round Rock Express could re-align with the World Series champion Houston Astros for the 2019 season, but it is far from a fait accompli, the Triple-A club president said Friday. Chris Almendarez denied a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report that the Express will formally tell the Texas Rangers at next month’s Winter Meetings they will jump to the Astros. “No decision like that has been...

Texas Stars defeat San Antonio Rampage with late goal

Matt Mangene scored with 6:25 remaining in regulation as the Texas Stars defeated the San Antonio Rampage 4-3 in an American Hockey League contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Wednesday night. Curtis McKenzie scored two goals while Travis Morin and Justin Dowling each assisted on two scores. Texas netminder Landon Bow won his third straight game as he saved 26 shots. San Antonio (9-5-2-0)...
Columbus officials, Crew owner find little common ground in meeting

Columbus officials, Crew owner find little common ground in meeting

A meeting in New York City on Wednesday between the Columbus mayor, a prominent business leader, Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber did not produce any breakthrough developments. Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Partnership President and CEO Alex Fischer said Precourt lacked commitment to stay in Columbus. Precourt announced Oct. 17 that he...
Lobbyist initiated MLS to Austin talk with city in late July

Lobbyist initiated MLS to Austin talk with city in late July

MLS lobbyist Richard Suttle began pushing professional soccer to the Austin City Council in late July, records show. Suttle sent council members links to stories about the explosive growth of professional soccer in the United States, the American-Statesman has learned from e-mails gathered and reviewed as a result of an open records request. “I wanted to share this article in the Austin American-Statesman...
Columbus business leaders see path to ‘saving’ Crew S.C.

Columbus business leaders see path to ‘saving’ Crew S.C.

When Columbus city and business leaders meet with Crew S.C. owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber on Wednesday, their marching orders from soccer fans in the Ohio capital are simple. “Save the Crew.” Finding a viable solution is the difficult part. “I can’t imagine we go into the meeting and come out with some magical solution,” Alex Fischer...

Austin Spurs defeat Sioux Falls Skyforce in thriller

In front of 6,759 fans during a matinee contest, the Austin Spurs converted on an alley oop play with 0.4 seconds left in the game to take a 119-118 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Rookie Jaron Blossomgame scored 25 points, including the game-winning layup with less than a second to play in the contest. Darrun Hilliard led all scorers with 31 points while Matt...
Texan Ben Keating and Black Falcon Mercedes earn podium finish

Texan Ben Keating and Black Falcon Mercedes earn podium finish

The first 24-hour endurance race at Circuit of the Americas proved a decisive victory for Porsche over Mercedes. The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R team turned 609 laps and 2,071 over two days to win the 24 Hours of COTA by two laps in the season-ending race for the 24K Series. This was the European-based series first-ever event in the United States. Germany’s Alfred Renauer guided the...

Austin Spurs dominated by South Bay Lakers

The South Bay Lakers had seven players score in double digits as they defeated the Austin Spurs 110-82 Saturday in El Segundo, Calif. Olivier Hanlan scored 17 points to lead the Spurs, but Austin shot just 37 percent on the night. The Spurs went 32-for-86, including 7-of-28 from beyond the arc. The Lakers (3-0) shot 47 percent and connected on 12-of-30 3-point attempts. Thomas Bryant led the Lakers...

Texas Stars can’t keep up with Griffins

The Texas Stars’ two-game winning streak came to an end as they fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-1 in an American Hockey League contest Saturday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. A night after defeating the Griffins 2-1, the Stars (7-7-0-1) couldn’t keep pace with the visiting team. Matt Puempel scored two goals and Matt Lorito had two assists to lead the Griffins (7-7-0-1) to the...

Austin Spurs cruise to win over Reno

The Austin Spurs defeated the Reno Bighorns 125-109 for their second win in a row Friday night on the road. Three Spurs scored at least 25 points to lead the offensive charge. Darrun Hilliard scored 27 to lead all scorers while rookie Jaron Blossomgame notched a double-double, scoring 26 points to go with 12 rebounds. Blossomgame was 12-of-18 from the field while adding three steals on the night....

Texas Stars double up Grand Rapids Griffins

The Texas Stars defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in an American Hockey League contest on Friday night. The Griffins (6-7-0-1) put up 34 shots to Texas’ 23 but the Stars (7-6-0-1) were able to cash in on more of their opportunities. Sheldon Dries scored the game winnner unassisted on a shorthanded play almost midway through the final period. Landon Bow...
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