Kevin Lyttle

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Kevin Lyttle is a sports writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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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...

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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...
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...

Posted: 21 hours ago

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...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
Austin soccer saga swerves into showdown next week
 And so the match goes to penalty kicks. The Austin City Council will try again next week after stopping short of voting late Thursday to allow the owner of the Columbus Crew to build a privately financed Major League Soccer stadium in North Austin. Next up: another special council meeting Wednesday morning, when Mayor Steve Adler promises...

Posted: 5 days ago

And so the match goes to penalty kicks. The Austin City Council will try again next week after stopping short of voting late Thursday to allow the owner of the Columbus Crew to build a privately financed Major League Soccer stadium in North Austin. Next up: another special council meeting Wednesday morning, when Mayor Steve Adler promises...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...
COTA chairman Epstein downplays Austin IndyCar Series talk
 IndyCar racing might come to Circuit of the Americas down the road, but there are no plans to make that happen any time soon,
            according to the race track’s chairman. A motorsports web site, Paddock Eye, reported that the Verizon IndyCar Series has opened talks with Bobby Epstein about bringing
            the circuit to...

Posted: 8 days ago

IndyCar racing might come to Circuit of the Americas down the road, but there are no plans to make that happen any time soon, according to the race track’s chairman. A motorsports web site, Paddock Eye, reported that the Verizon IndyCar Series has opened talks with Bobby Epstein about bringing the circuit to...
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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...