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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.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway