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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...

Cuevas hits grand slam, leads Albuquerque over Round Rock

Noel Cuevas hit a grand slam in the first inning, leading the Albuquerque Isotopes to an 8-6 win over the Round Rock Express Friday in New Mexico. The win for Albuquerque resulted in a three-game series win over the Express. D.J. Johnson struck Juan Centeno out with a runner on first to end the game for his 14th save of the season. The grand slam by Cuevas scored Matt Holliday, David Dahl, and Mike...
Brazilian striker Kléber brings ‘Gladiator’ mentality to Austin Bold

Brazilian striker Kléber brings ‘Gladiator’ mentality to Austin Bold

After Austin Bold FC General Manager Roberto Silva hired Marcelo Serrano to coach the new pro soccer team, the two started brainstorming on potential players. “I had a short list of players I really wanted,” Silva said at the USL team’s official rollout ceremony Friday. “Kléber was first on my list. Marcelo had his list. I said, ‘Marcelo, I know it’s...
Austin Bold FC comes out swinging in COTA launch party

Austin Bold FC comes out swinging in COTA launch party

Big and Bold. The new United Soccer League team in town revealed Friday morning it will be Austin Bold FC, dress in jerseys with colors of teal, gold and black — think Jacksonville Jaguars — and showcase experienced international players, including a one-named Brazilian striker known as the Gladiator. While the Austin City Council haggles over a deal that would bring Major League Soccer...
Launch of Austin Bold FC allows 15-year-old Julian Gaines to stay home

Launch of Austin Bold FC allows 15-year-old Julian Gaines to stay home

Professional soccer almost couldn’t get to Austin fast enough for Julian Gaines. The 15-year-old soon-to-be sophomore at Round Rock High School has been a fixture on United States youth national teams since he was 12, and he spent his summer weighing offers from multiple Major League Soccer academies. That was, until Austin Bold FC made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. If all goes according...
Austin Bold FC to add Brazilian flavor to USL in 2019

Austin Bold FC to add Brazilian flavor to USL in 2019

The new United Soccer League team in town revealed Friday morning it will be the Austin Bold FC, dress in jerseys with colors of teal, gold and black and showcase a roster highlighted by experienced international players, including a Brazilian striker known as The Gladiator. The Austin Bold will play next year in a 5,000-seat stadium at Circuit of the Americas expected to be completed by January....

Express settle for split against Isotopes

David Dahl had a walk-off double with one out in the seventh inning, as the Albuquerque Isotopes beat the Round Rock Express 5-4 Thursday in New Mexico. Earlier in the day, the Express won a game that was suspended Wednesday 12-5 to halt a four-game losing streak. Raimel Tapia scored the game-winning run after he led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. The Express tied...

Round Rock Express lead suspended game with Albuquerque

The series opener between the Round Rock Express and Albuquerque Isotopes was suspended in the top of the second inning due to rain in New Mexico Wednesday. The game is set to resume Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Express lead 3-0 with Christian Lopes due to hit with one out and the bases loaded in the second. After the conclusion of the nine-inning game Thursday, the teams will play the second game of...
Mayor Adler: McKalla Place MLS stadium deal is a winner

Mayor Adler: McKalla Place MLS stadium deal is a winner

Austin Mayor Steve Adler came out Monday night strongly in favor of an agreement that could lead to a Major League Soccer stadium in North Austin, even as Council Member Leslie Pool bashed the potential deal earlier in the day. The city and Precourt Sports Ventures released a 25-page term sheet Friday night that, if the council approves, would produce a 20,000-seat stadium at McKalla...
What’s a Heisman contending QB doing in the Express dugout?

What’s a Heisman contending QB doing in the Express dugout?

The Round Rock Express have something that no other minor league baseball team has in its dugout right now. A possible Heisman Trophy contender. Highly touted quarterback Shea Patterson, who transferred from Ole Miss to Michigan and is expected to lead the Wolverines this fall, was drafted by the Texas Rangers last month. To give him a taste of professional ball, the Rangers assigned...
Brooks Conrad inducted into the Express Hall of Fame

Brooks Conrad inducted into the Express Hall of Fame

Brooks Conrad spent eight years, half of them in Round Rock, beating around the bushes of minor league baseball while awaiting that first call to the big leagues. He took nothing for granted, earned everything he got and led by example. All qualities that should serve him well as a manager in the Kansas City Royals system. Saturday night the 38-year-old former infielder became the fifth inductee into...
Express bats go gently into club’s Hall of Fame night

Express bats go gently into club’s Hall of Fame night

On a Saturday night when Brooks Conrad was inducted into the club Hall of Fame, the Round Rock Express could have used some of their former infielder’s offense. For the second game in a row, the Express bats went dead in a 3-1 loss to the Reno Aces at Dell Diamond. Round Rock was shut out 3-0 Friday night. The Express have scored eight runs in the last four nights. After inching within two games...
Details of potential McKalla Place soccer deal emerge

Details of potential McKalla Place soccer deal emerge

Property taxes: no. Rent: yes. Those are two of the top takeaways from a proposed deal hammered out by the city of Austin and Precourt Sports Ventures to build a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. A term sheet revealed late Friday shows a $200 million, 20,000-seat stadium would be privately financed at the North Austin location, with the city retaining control of the 24-acre site. That...

Negron’s homer helps Reno top Express

Kristopher Negron homered and had two hits and Taylor Clarke allowed just three hits over six innings as the Reno Aces defeated the Round Rock Express 3-0 Friday night at Dell Diamond. Clarke (9-7) struck out four and walked three to get the series-opening win and halt Round Rock’s five-game winning streak. In the sixth inning, Reno went up 1-0 on a home run by Negron. The Aces got two more...
City reveals terms for McKalla Place MLS stadium deal

City reveals terms for McKalla Place MLS stadium deal

The city of Austin released a term sheet Friday night for a proposed deal with Precourt Sports Ventures to build a Major League Soccer Stadium at McKalla Place. Although the soccer team would not pay taxes on the city-owned stadium, it would pay rent. After year five, PSV would pay $550,000 per year, or $8.25 million over an initial 20-year lease. There is a non-relocation clause for a franchise that...
Council calls special meeting next week to discuss MLS at McKalla

Council calls special meeting next week to discuss MLS at McKalla

The Austin City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday that will update negotiations between Precourt Sports Ventures and the city to build a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. Those negotiations, sources on each side told the American-Statesman, are approaching the final stages. Soccer also will be on the agenda at the Aug. 7 work session and the Aug. 9 council meeting, at which...
Conrad, holder of many Express records, to get his tribute Saturday

Conrad, holder of many Express records, to get his tribute Saturday

Brooks Conrad will become the fifth member of the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame when he is inducted Saturday night at Dell Diamond. Conrad, a 38-year-old former infielder who now manages in the Kansas City Royals system, will be honored in ceremonies before the 7:05 p.m. game against the Reno Aces. At least 15 Express alumni are booked to attend. He will join manager Jackie Moore, who will be on...

Alberto’s single leads Round Rock to series sweep over Tacoma

Hanser Alberto hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 4-2 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Thursday. With the victory, the Express swept the three-game series. Tacoma had a runner on first in the top of the ninth, but Zach Vincej hit into a double play to end the game. The single by Alberto, part of a two-run inning, gave the Express a 3-2 lead before Nick Torres...
Usain Bolt in negotiations to join new USL Austin franchise

Usain Bolt in negotiations to join new USL Austin franchise

The United Soccer League franchise in Austin has a seat at the negotiating table with Usain Bolt. The World’s Fastest Man has been eyeing a career in professional soccer, and Austin is on a short list of teams ready to make it happen. Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, told Brazilian media outlet Globo Esporte on Thursday that the race is between USL Austin and the Central Coast Mariners...

Ibanez’s homer leads Round Rock to fourth straight win

Andy Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 3-2 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Wednesday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The home run by Ibanez scored Cliff Pennington and was the game’s last scoring play. The Express (50-53) trailed 2-1 when the third baseman went up to bat in the seventh. Tacoma (51-52) took a 2-0 lead after an RBI single and an...

Robinson leads Round Rock to third win in a row

Drew Robinson homered and had two hits as the Round Rock Express beat the Tacoma Rainiers 7-2 Tuesday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The win was the third straight for the Express, improving the squad’s record to 49-53. Round Rock took the lead in the first when it scored four runs, including a solo home run by Robinson. The center fielder also scored two runs. The Express later added two runs...

Robinson, Alberto lead the way as the Express beat Omaha

Drew Robinson doubled twice and singled as the Round Rock Express beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 5-2 on Sunday. Starting pitcher Richelson Pena picked up the win after a quality start on the mound. Pena tossed seven innings, giving up five hits and allowing just one run. He had seven strikeouts and walked none. James Jones came into relief in the eighth inning, but gave up a solo home run to Omaha&rsquo...

Hernandez’s two-hitter lifts Omaha over Express

Arnaldo Hernandez tossed a two-hit complete game and Jack Lopez hit a two-run homer as the Omaha Storm Chasers topped the Round Rock Express 4-1 Saturday afternoon in Papillion, Neb. Hernandez (1-0) allowed one run while striking out six and walking none to get the win in the Pacific Coast League game. Round Rock started the scoring in the second inning when Andy Ibanez hit a home run. The Storm Chasers...

Alberto’s triple leads Round Rock to win over Colorado Springs

Hanser Alberto hit a run-scoring triple in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in a Pacific Coast League game Thursday night at Colorado Springs, Colo. The triple by Alberto capped a two-run inning and gave the Express a 4-3 lead after Juan Centeno hit a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning. Christian Lopes hit a sacrifice fly in the third...
Austin USL team to unveil name, coach, players early next month

Austin USL team to unveil name, coach, players early next month

The name, brand, coach and at least a few players for Austin’s new United Soccer League franchise will be announced Aug. 3 at Circuit of the Americas. USL Austin released the details for the reveal Thursday. The event will begin at 10 a.m. inside the circuit’s Velocity Lounge, and will be invite only. “We’ve been working extremely hard since we received the green light from...

Garlick hits grand slam, leads Dodgers over Express

Kyle Garlick hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, leading the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 7-5 win over the Round Rock Express Saturday at Dell Diamond. Brian Schlitter struck Tony Sanchez out with runners on first and third to end the game for his 13th save of the season. The grand slam by Garlick scored Tim Locastro, Kyle Farmer, and Edwin Rios to give the Dodgers (48-40) a 7-4 lead. In the bottom...

Farmer leads Oklahoma City over Round Rock

Kyle Farmer had three hits and drove in two runs as the Oklahoma City Dodgers topped the Round Rock Express 8-5 Friday at Dell Diamond. Oklahoma City (47-40) scored in six different innings in the victory, including the fifth, when Edwin Rios hit a two-run double. Rios finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. Alex Verdugo also went 2-for-4 for the Dodgers, scoring three runs. Tim Locastro...
City to hold information session about MLS stadium benefits

City to hold information session about MLS stadium benefits

The debate surrounding a Major League Soccer stadium proposal is coming to the Central Library, but don’t expect it to get any quieter. In a Friday news release, the city announced it will hold an information session next Thursday to gather feedback on community benefits that could be derived from a stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin. The meeting, which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m...

Alberto leads Round Rock to win over Oklahoma City

Hanser Alberto had three hits, including a three-run home run, and four RBIs as the Round Rock Express topped the Oklahoma City Dodgers 8-4 Thursday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The win was the seventh in eight tries for the Express. Round Rock has won 14 of its last 18 contests. Up 3-2, the Express added to their lead in the fourth inning when Alberto hit a three-run home run to score Cliff Pennington...

Express hammer out 21 hits, 18 runs in win

The Round Rock Express closed the first half of the Pacific Coast League season with a bang Sunday, pounding the host Oklahoma City Dodgers 18-8. The Express (43-46) smacked 21 hits on their way to their season-high run total. Drew Robinson had four hits and Christian Lopes and Hanser Alberto had three apiece. Robinson homered and singled three times, scored three runs and drove in two. Lopes homered...
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