Crew ownership backs away from Butler Shores as Austin stadium site


The MLS to Austin soccer saga bounced in different directions Friday. 

First, Precourt Sports Ventures announced that it was removing Butler Shores Metropolitan Park, considered to be the group’s dream stadium site, from consideration as a potential home of a Major League Soccer team yet to be transplanted from Ohio. 

Then Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, reacting to PSV’s move, said she would withdraw her resolution that called for blocking the consideration of city parkland as a possible stadium site. The resolution was expected to be considered at the council’s Feb. 15 meeting. 

“I believe this is a step in the right direction,” said Kitchen, whose District 5 includes Butler Shores. “I understand that city staff will not bring forward a report on potential locations at that time, so our resolution will not be on the agenda. 

“I believe we can find an appropriate location for a soccer stadium that works for all.” 

Meanwhile in Columbus, Ohio — home to the Crew SC soccer franchise owned by PSV — there were reports Friday that PSV’s CEO, Anthony Precourt, had reopened the discussion about what it would take to keep the Crew, the original MLS franchise, in its current market.

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