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Austin FC inks 10-year MLS midfielder Ethan Finlay as first new signee for 2022

Attacking midfielder Ethan Finlay is Austin FC's first new signee heading into the 2022 season. (Minnesota United/Twitter)

Austin FC announced Monday it has signed Ethan Finlay, a 10-year MLS veteran attacking midfielder, from Minnesota United for the 2022 season.

Finlay, a 31-year old who has racked up 49 goals and 42 assists in his decade of professional appearances, will stick to the Verde and Black through at least the end of 2023 via a two-year contract. Money spent on the contract has not been disclosed.

Finlay was first picked in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft in 2012 by Columbus Crew, where he earned All-Star honors and a spot on the MLS Best XI in 2015. The midfielder then moved to Minnesota United in their first season in 2017, where he eventually earned 19 goals and made 95 appearances with the Loons.

Alongside 245 total MLS matches, Finlay has made three appearances with the United States Men's National Team and was a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in his four years at Creighton University.

Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said a veteran's experience is what drew the 31-year-old midfielder to the club. The signing comes after 34-year-old Austin FC center back Matt Besler announced his retirement following the 2021 season.

“Ethan is a very strong addition to the Club,” Reyna said. “He possesses quality and experience, both of which will be valuable as we continue to grow and improve heading into 2022. We can’t wait to welcome him to Austin.”

This is the first of what is expected to be many new selections for Austin FC as they stack their lineup in hopes of a better 2022 season record. The Verde and Black recently resigned winger Jared Stroud but lost Austin native McKinze Gaines to Charlotte FC in the Expansion Draft during the 2021 offseason.


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