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Austin FC announced its acquisition of designated player Cecilio Domínguez on Monday.

Austin FC announced Monday the acquisition of 26-year-old Paraguayan National Team forward Cecilio Domínguez as the club's first-ever designated player.


Major League Soccer allows clubs to acquire up to three designated players whose total compensated and acquisition costs do not count toward the team's salary cap, which this year is $4.9 million.

"Cecilio, there's no doubt that he's going to get his form and be a really impactful player for us," Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said during a media call on Monday.

Domínguez will formally join Austin FC in January, ahead of the club's inaugural spring season, via transfer from Club Atlético Independiente of Argentina's Primera División. He will be on loan for the remainder of the year.

"I'm excited about the move to Austin, and I look forward to working with [Austin FC Head Coach] Josh Wolff and the team as we head into our first season," Domínguez said in a press release issued on Monday.

Domínguez joins fellow Paraguayan forward Rodney Redes, whom the club announced as its first signing in early July.

"The duo has the potential to be a real threat in the league and generate plenty of goals," MLS Multiplex reported last month.

Austin FC has the rest of its roster to fill out, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

"We're busy with that of course," Reyna said on the call. "Plates are spinning."

In other news

Season tickets, which account for around 75% of the stadium's 20,500 seats, have nearly sold out, with only some $475 supporters section standing memberships left.


Season tickets for Austin FC's 2021 inaugural season range from $475, in the supporters standing section, to $912. (Austin FC)


"The incredible demand for major league sports in Austin is palpable and the love of soccer in Austin is real," Austin FC President Andy Loughnane told MLSSoccer.com last week. "The volume of support validates the strength of the Austin market."

The remainder of the seats will be sold on an individual match basis.

Austin FC's $260 million stadium in north Austin is expected to open early next year.

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