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It’s official: Round Rock Express announce affiliation with Astros

It’s official: Round Rock Express announce affiliation with Astros

The Ryan family is back under the same baseball roof again. At a press conference Thursday, the Round Rock Express ended speculation and officially announced that it has a new player development contract with the Houston Astros. Round Rock will be the Triple-A affiliate of the 2017 World Series champions. “It’s going to make Thanksgiving a lot more fun,” joked Reese Ryan, the Express...
Bohls: The Houston Astros make perfect sense for the Express

Bohls: The Houston Astros make perfect sense for the Express

1. The worst-kept secret in the 512 will be Thursday’s announcement that the Houston Astros are returning to Central Texas to link up with the Round Rock Express, this time as their Triple-A affiliate. The two were connected for 11 successful years with the Astros’ Double-A team (and one Triple-A team) playing at Dell Diamond, shipping major-league talent like Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence...
Round Rock Express to reaffiliate; signs point to Astros partnership

Round Rock Express to reaffiliate; signs point to Astros partnership

Central Texas baseball fans, ready to swap your red and blue gear for navy and orange attire? On Monday, the Round Rock Express released a statement announcing the club’s intention to affiliate to another major league franchise, ending its seven-year relationship with the Texas Rangers. “The relationship that we’ve developed, both professionally and personally, with the Texas Rangers...
Still no score as Austin, Columbus fans wait for MLS to make its move

Still no score as Austin, Columbus fans wait for MLS to make its move

The match ended without incident, including on the pitch. A 0-0 draw between FC Dallas and Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night provided the latest backdrop to the ongoing relocation efforts of Crew investor/operator Anthony Precourt, who last month reached an agreement with the Austin City Council to build a stadium on city-owned land near the Domain. Yet the situation remains unresolved, which...
MLS to Austin: Precourt, city progressing toward contract

MLS to Austin: Precourt, city progressing toward contract

Lawyers for Precourt Sports Ventures and the city of Austin are rolling along in turning the term sheet the City Council approved last month into a full-fledged contract that will result in a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. A lot of fine-tuning was required because there were so many changes to the original term sheet presented to council members. “We have begun drafting...
Judge doesn’t rule on Columbus Crew lawsuit after hearing arguments

Judge doesn’t rule on Columbus Crew lawsuit after hearing arguments

The first hearing in Ohio lawsuit that could affect Austin’s chances of landing a Major League Soccer team was held Tuesday, with Franklin County judge Jeffrey M. Brown hearing arguments for and against dismissing the case. Brown did not rule on a motion dismiss filed by defendants Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer, but said a decision would be forthcoming. Last month, Columbus...
Express focus shifts to upcoming Rangers/Astros decision

Express focus shifts to upcoming Rangers/Astros decision

When the Round Rock Express close out the season Monday against the Iowa Cubs, it could bring down the curtain on an eight-year run with the Texas Rangers. The Express are a free agent once the Pacific Coast League playoffs end, and the World Series champion Houston Astros almost are certain to come calling. The Stros’ player development contract with Fresno also expires in two weeks. Yet the...

Express game with Iowa canceled due to inclement weather

The Round Rock Express were set to play the Iowa Cubs Saturday night in Des Moines, but the weather didn’t cooperate. The game was canceled and won’t be made up. The series resumes Sunday at 1:08 p.m. before the season finale Monday. On Friday, Juan Centeno hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Express to a 6-5 win. Tommy Joseph scored the go-ahead run on the single...
Express romp in home finale, just miss MiLB attendance title

Express romp in home finale, just miss MiLB attendance title

The Round Rock Express came up one rally short in pursuit of their first minor league baseball attendance title. Nonetheless, the Express gave their fans a good memory to take into the offseason, pounding the division champion Memphis Redbirds 9-3 Thursday night in what could be their last home game as a Texas Rangers affiliate. Round Rock’s player development contract with the Rangers expires...

Ellis, Tovar carry Memphis to win over Round Rock

Wilfredo Tovar hit a two-run home run and had three hits as Chris Ellis threw five scoreless innings, leading the Memphis Redbirds to an 8-4 win over the Round Rock Express Wednesday at Dell Diamond. The result put an end to a three-game winning streak for the Express (62-73). Ellis (6-4) allowed two hits while striking out three and walking one to get the win. Memphis started the scoring in the second...
Nigerian striker adds Promise to Bold FC’s attack

Nigerian striker adds Promise to Bold FC’s attack

The Austin Bold FC continue to shape a United Soccer League expansion roster long on national team experience. Promise Isaac — it is not Isaac Promise as you will find on most Google searches — becomes the sixth player to sign for the team that will debut in 2019 in a new stadium at Circuit of the Americas. “There is a lot of confusion over his name,” granted Bold FC General...

Noonan’s walk leads Round Rock to win over Memphis

The Round Rock Express held the Memphis Redbirds to just four hits on the way to a 5-3 win in the series opener Tuesday at Dell Diamond. Nick Noonan drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to get the Express (62-72) on the scoreboard. Christian Lopes scored on the play to give the Express a 1-0 lead after he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a single by Scott Heineman and...
Express dichotomy: Last on the field, first at the gate

Express dichotomy: Last on the field, first at the gate

Two Triple-A clubs from booming Sun Belt cities are battling for the mythical attendance title of minor league baseball. And both clubs are in last place in the standings. The Round Rock Express, who close out their Pacific Coast League home campaign Thursday night against Memphis, are No. 1 in tickets sold, with 592,403 through Monday. They are ahead of 255 other minor league franchises. The Charlotte...

Mooney scores in 10th, New Orleans beats Round Rock

Peter Mooney scored in the top of the 10th inning to lead the New Orleans Baby Cakes to an 8-7 win over the Round Rock Express Saturday. Mooney scored after he started the inning on second and advanced to third on a single by Braxton Lee. Christopher Bostick grounded out to allow Mooney to cross home plate. Jose Quijada got Cliff Pennington to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for...

Nola, Mooney lift New Orleans over Round Rock

Austin Nola homered and singled, driving in three runs as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Round Rock Express 9-2 Friday at Dell Diamond. Peter Mooney doubled and singled twice with two runs for New Orleans. With the game tied 1-1, the Baby Cakes took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Tomas Telis homered to bring home Isan Diaz. The Baby Cakes later added five runs in the fifth and one...

Barreto leads Nashville to win over Round Rock

Franklin Barreto homered and had two hits as the Nashville Sounds topped the Round Rock Express 4-2 Thursday in the series finale at Dell Diamond. The Express won the three-game series, but the loss halted a four-game winning streak. Liam Hendriks got Nick Noonan to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season. Nashville started the scoring in the first inning when...

Calhoun leads Round Rock over Nashville

Willie Calhoun hit a two-run home run and had two hits as the Round Rock Express beat the Nashville Sounds 7-4 Wednesday at Dell Diamond. The win makes it four straight for the cellar-dwelling Express. Round Rock also took the three-game series by winning the first two games, a second straight series win for the club. Nashville (67-61) took the lead in the first when Anthony Garcia hit an RBI double...
City’s MLS franchise to be dubbed Austin FC

City’s MLS franchise to be dubbed Austin FC

Major League Soccer in Austin took another step toward reality Wednesday night when the franchise that could begin playing here next spring announced its team name, colors and branding. Austin FC, with a bright green, black and white badge featuring the name “Austin” above a pair of intertwined live oaks , was shown to approximately 300 fans gathered at the North Door in East Austin near...
Austin Bold FC sign 2 young midfielders with international ties

Austin Bold FC sign 2 young midfielders with international ties

When Austin Bold FC held their splashy launch party earlier this month, the first three players they announced were accomplished veterans with international pedigree. The Bold, a United Soccer League expansion franchise, began adding to the mix Wednesday with the signings of two young U.S.-born midfielders who grew up overseas. Faris Abdi, 19, and Valeri Saramutin, 23, will be with the team, pending...

Torres’ single leads Round Rock to third straight win

Nick Torres hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 2-0 win over the Nashville Sounds Tuesday. The win makes it three in a row for the Express. The single by Torres scored Andy Ibanez and Tony Sanchez and provided all the offense for Round Rock (58-69). Connor Sadzeck (5-3) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Chris Bassitt (5-5) took the loss...
Travis County to challenge tax-exempt status of MLS stadium

Travis County to challenge tax-exempt status of MLS stadium

Travis County isn’t giving up on collecting tax dollars on a potential Major League Soccer stadium that the Austin City Council waived in a deal approved last week. As part of the agreement struck Wednesday to build a $200 million stadium in North Austin, the City Council and Precourt Sports Ventures agreed the facility would not produce property tax revenue. Under the deal, the city would...
Struggling Express to start last home stand for 2018

Struggling Express to start last home stand for 2018

The Round Rock Express, nearing the end of a frustrating season on the field, return Tuesday night to Dell Diamond for the first of what could be their final 10 home games as a Texas Rangers affiliate. Round Rock (57-69), which faces Nashville, sits in last place in its Pacific Coast League division, 19 games out of first with 14 to play. Only Sacramento (50-76) and Iowa (46-79) have worse records...

Perez, Alberto lift Round Rock over Memphis

Carlos Perez doubled and singled three times as the Round Rock Express topped the Memphis Redbirds 4-2 Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Perez finished 4 for 4 with a run scored while Hanser Alberto homered and singled for Round Rock. Reed Garrett allowed a run but got Carson Kelly to fly out with a runner on second to end the game for his third save of the season. Memphis tied the game 1-1 in the third...

Memphis opens series with win over Round Rock

Lane Thomas hit a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the second inning, leading the Memphis Redbirds to a 7-4 win over the Round Rock Express Friday in Memphis, Tenn. The fielder’s choice started the scoring in a four-run inning and gave the Redbirds a 4-3 lead. Later in the inning, Wilfredo Tovar hit an RBI double, driving in Adolis Garcia. Tovar finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs. In the top...
Mexican soccer giants Chivas, Tigres to clash at Dell in October

Mexican soccer giants Chivas, Tigres to clash at Dell in October

International soccer is returning to Dell Diamond for the second time this year when two of the giants of the Mexican professional league square off on the second Saturday in October. Liga MX rivals Chivas de Guadalajara and Tigres will hook up in a friendly on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m., the American-Statesman learned Friday. This will be the fifth Liga MX match at the home of the Round Rock Express...

Express earn split with Nashville on the road

Nick Noonan hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Round Rock Express to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Sounds on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. Reed Garrett got Anthony Garcia to fly out with a runner on third to end the game for his second save of the season. The win earned a split of the Pacific Coast League series for the Express. Round Rock hasn’t won a series since it...
Austin soccer fans celebrate city council vote, start looking ahead

Austin soccer fans celebrate city council vote, start looking ahead

Anthony Precourt walked out of the Austin City Council chamber on Wednesday and straight into a bear hug from Josh Babetski. Seconds later, Precourt — the investor/operator of Columbus Crew SC — said the words Babetski has been longing to hear since he founded the supporters group MLS in Austin in 2013. “We’re bringing Major League Soccer to Austin, Texas,” Precourt said...
Soccer notebook: USL’s Austin Bold moving forward regardless of MLS

Soccer notebook: USL’s Austin Bold moving forward regardless of MLS

While Major League Soccer appears on the verge of arriving in Austin next year, the Austin Bold FC promised Thursday that it’s full speed ahead for their expansion United Soccer League franchise. “Nothing changes for us. They cleared a major hurdle, but it’s not a done deal,” said Bold general manager Roberto Silva of the Division 2 club that will play in a newly built, 5,000-seat...

Centeno’s double leads Round Rock to win over Nashville

Juan Centeno hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Sounds Wednesday in Tenn. The Express win snapped a 15-game winning streak for the Sounds. Reed Garrett got Bruce Maxwell to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season. Andy Ibanez scored on Centeno’s double to give the Express (54-68)...
Austin City Council votes ‘yes’ to MLS at McKalla Place

Austin City Council votes ‘yes’ to MLS at McKalla Place

Major League Soccer in Austin is closer than ever to becoming a reality after the City Council voted Wednesday to strike a deal with an ownership group that will build a stadium near the Domain. Ten months after Anthony Precourt announced his intent to move to Austin, the council voted 7-4 to allow the investor/operator of Columbus Crew SC to privately finance a $200 million stadium at McKalla...
Golden: If the MLS can bring a team to Austin, why not other leagues?

Golden: If the MLS can bring a team to Austin, why not other leagues?

Congratulations, Austin. You’ve just became a major-league town. And this should be just the beginning. The Columbus Crew should become Austin’s “Whew” after the City Council’s 7-4 vote Wednesday to allow Precourt Sports Ventures to build a soccer stadium in North Austin. With that hurdle cleared, the Crew could take up residence in the nation’s 11th largest city...

Barreto, Fowler lift Nashville over Round Rock for 15th straight win

Franklin Barreto homered and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two as the Nashville Sounds defeated the Round Rock Express 8-4 Tuesday in Tenn. Dustin Fowler doubled and singled twice with two runs for Nashville. The win is the 15th straight for the Sounds. The Express (53-68), on the other hand, have lost 11 out of the last 12 games. Down 3-0, the Sounds (66-55) tied the game...
MLS at McKalla: Deal or no deal?

MLS at McKalla: Deal or no deal?

Less than 24 hours before the Austin City Council contemplated a vote that could decide the future of Major League Soccer here, one council member was returning from a trip to Ohio where she met with fans trying to stop Columbus Crew SC from moving to Austin. The runup to Wednesday’s special meeting, in which Mayor Steve Adler expects an up-or-down vote on Precourt Sports Venture&rsquo...
Austin council member Leslie Pool visits soccer fans in Columbus

Austin council member Leslie Pool visits soccer fans in Columbus

The day before the Austin City Council was to vote on a stadium deal, one of its members was on the way back from visiting with soccer supporters in Columbus, Ohio. Council Member Leslie Pool spent all day Monday as well as Tuesday morning in the Ohio capital, the Columbus Dispatch first reported. While in Columbus, Pool visited with members of the fan-led Save the Crew movement at their weekly meeting...

Game between Round Rock and Omaha suspended

The third game of the series between the Round Rock Express and Omaha Storm Chasers was suspended due to rain Saturday. The contest was halted tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth with two men on base and one out for Omaha. The game will resume Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The series finale will be seven innings and follow 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. Fans with tickets to Saturday’s...

Express fall to Storm Chasers for eighth straight loss

Arnaldo Hernandez allowed just two hits over seven innings, leading the Omaha Storm Chasers over the Round Rock Express in a 2-0 win Friday at Dell Diamond. Richard Lovelady struck Nomar Mazara out with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season and the eighth straight loss for the Express. Mazara is rehabbing for the Texas Rangers, playing as the designated hitter for Round...
Gender equity becomes a flashpoint in council’s MLS discussion

Gender equity becomes a flashpoint in council’s MLS discussion

Jackie Acevedo Pope stood in front of the Austin City Council on Thursday evening and articulated the benefits a Major League Soccer franchise could bring for soccer-playing girls and women in Central Texas. Precourt Sports Ventures “will support Lonestar girls developmental academy,” said Pope, a coach at youth soccer behemoth Lonestar Soccer Club who grew up in the Texas capital and...
No win, no loss, just another delay for Austin soccer stadium deal

No win, no loss, just another delay for Austin soccer stadium deal

And so the match goes to penalty kicks. The Austin City Council was unable to work its way to a vote late Thursday on a deal for the owner of the Columbus Crew soccer team to privately finance a Major League Soccer stadium on city-owned land in North Austin. The council said it would call another meeting for Wednesday morning, and Mayor Steve Adler promised that the stadium issue finally would be...

Omaha’s Dziedzic, Staumont and Lovelady shut out Round Rock

Jonathan Dziedzic, Josh Staumont and Richard Lovelady combined for a shutout as the Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Round Rock Express 9-0 Thursday at Dell Diamond. The loss makes it seven straight for the Express. Dziedzic (6-8) went six scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out two and walking one to pick up the win. Chris Tillman (0-1) went 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and two hits...
MLS to Austin: McKalla stadium deal beefed up, but is it enough?

MLS to Austin: McKalla stadium deal beefed up, but is it enough?

The city of Austin and Precourt Sports Ventures released a new term sheet Wednesday night for a potential Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place that reflects movement between the two sides and includes a stiff nonrelocation penalty. Austin City Council will debate the revised agreement Thursday night at its meeting and could take an up-or-down vote on the matter, which has stirred...

Nicholas hits walk-off single, El Paso beats Round Rock

Brett Nicholas hit a walk-off two-run single, as the El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Round Rock Express 7-6 on Tuesday. With the victory, the Chihuahuas swept the four-game series in El Paso. The Express took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh when Andy Ibanez hit a two-run single as part of a three-run inning. Reliever Brad Wieck (2-0) went one scoreless inning, striking out two and walking two to...
As developers make McKalla pitch, 4 council members push new MLS terms

As developers make McKalla pitch, 4 council members push new MLS terms

Developers took their best shots Tuesday at telling the Austin City Council why their vision for McKalla Place beats anything Anthony Precourt offers. However, it was a memo sent out by four council members led by Leslie Pool that fanned the flames in the Major League Soccer saga. Two days before the council is to vote on a possible stadium deal — or to pick one of the developers’ plans...
4 council members propose new terms for MLS stadium at McKalla Place

4 council members propose new terms for MLS stadium at McKalla Place

Two days before a vote on a Major League Soccer stadium deal, four Austin City Council members who’ve been critical of the deal proposed new terms to the owners of the Columbus Crew. In a memo sent out Tuesday, council members Leslie Pool, Alison Alter, Ora Houston and Ellen Troxclair offered a new set of demands for a deal with Precourt Sports Ventures to build a stadium at city-owned McKalla...
Usain Bolt commits to Australia; Austin Bold FC not giving up

Usain Bolt commits to Australia; Austin Bold FC not giving up

Austin Bold FC will kick off the 2019 season without Usain Bolt on the roster. The United Soccer League franchise held its introductory press conference last week without Bolt, and Tuesday the World’s Fastest Man committed to a team in Australia. The Central Coast Mariners in that country’s A-League announced that Bolt will join the team on an “indefinite training period.”...
Developers to make pitch to shape McKalla Place without a stadium

Developers to make pitch to shape McKalla Place without a stadium

For weeks developers have poked holes at Precourt Sports Ventures’ proposal to build a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place, all the while suggesting they were brushed aside in the process. Tuesday the developers will have their day before the City Council in a special called meeting, and this time they will take on each other, trying to convince members that they have the best vision...
How would a McKalla MLS stadium stack up to ones in Dallas, Houston?

How would a McKalla MLS stadium stack up to ones in Dallas, Houston?

If the city of Austin partners with Precourt Sports Ventures, the three Major League Soccer stadium deals in Texas will look extremely different. For starters Austin will be the only one that doesn’t fork over money to build the stadium. The Dallas suburb of Frisco and the Frisco school district put up $55 million of the $84 million to fund 20,500-seat Toyota Stadium where FC Dallas calls home...

Nix leads El Paso to win over Round Rock

Jacob Nix hurled six scoreless innings, leading the El Paso Chihuahuas over the Round Rock Express in a 5-3 series-opening win Saturday. Rowan Wick struck Cliff Pennington out with runners on second and third to end the game for his third save of the season. Nix (1-0) allowed five hits while striking out three to hand the Express its third loss in a row. El Paso got on the board first in the fourth...
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