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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The FTA announced the funding round on Thursday, which dispersed $11 million across 12 states and 20 projects. The money is meant to connect communities to affordable transit and housing through the FTA Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development planning.
CapMetro said the funds will go toward projects at eight stations spanning 6.5 miles on the South end of the Orange Line, which has a total of 22 stations. The full project stretches across the 20 miles from Southpark Meadows to Tech Ridge.
Republic Square station is along the Orange Line. (Project Connect rendering)
Once it’s complete, which officials estimate will be in 2028, the Orange Line will reach the following stations:
- Tech Ridge (Park & Ride)
- North Lamar International District
- The Triangle
- UT campus
- Republic Square
- Auditorium Shores
- South Congress
- Southpark Meadows (Park & Ride)
A $500 million mixed-use development spanning 1,400 acres is coming to Southeast Austin, near Tesla’s headquarters at Giga Texas.
Plans for the development by Houston-based real estate firm Hines include 2,500 houses along with multi-family and townhomes, and commercial land. Hines is partnering with Trez Capital, Sumitomo Forestry and Texas-based Caravel Ventures.
The development, which is known as Mirador, will be located off the 130 Toll and Highway 71, which the developers say provides easy access to the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 racetrack and other Austin attractions like restaurants, parks and live music venues.
Hines also boasts amenities like a 60-acre lake, over 600 acres of greenbelt, community parks, trails and a swimming pool.
“As Austin continues to grow into the tech epicenter of Texas, coupled with a supply-constrained market, the demand for new housing is at its highest,” Dustin Davidson, managing director at Hines, said. “Mirador will be critical in providing more options for Austin’s growing population and we are excited to work alongside our partners given they each provide a unique and valued perspective in single-family development.”
The local housing market has been hot in recent years, with home sales accelerating earlier in the pandemic. In July 2021, the Austin metro area hit its pricing peak at $478,000. As Austonia previously reported, the area has been expected to see the Tesla effect, with the new workforce driving up demand for housing and other services.
The single-family houses are expected to be developed over the course of six years, in phases. Construction on the homes is expected to start this year and home sales will begin in 2023.
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