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.”
Bold FC general manager Roberto Silva said the team has not given up on signing Bolt.
“We still want him,” Silva said. “We want to keep the talks open about next year. We’ll keep in touch with them and see how it goes.”
The team’s official Twitter account re-tweeted the Mariners, using the hashtag “#BoltBold2020.”
Silva said that Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, called prior to the team’s announcement to let him know they were moving forward in Australia. The sides agreed to keep the phone lines open.
“That’s where we stand right now,” Silva said. “It happens very often in soccer where you want a player and lose one negotiation, but it ends up happening in the future.”