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Austin FC to add players in expansion draft next week
(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Austin FC will be adding up to five players to its roster ahead of the new year and its spring 2021 season.

The MSL Expansion Draft, where new teams get to choose players with MLS experience, will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, and will be broadcasted on AustinFC.com, as well as on the clubs social media platforms.


As the only expansion team making its debut in 2021, Austin FC will be the only club to partake in the expansion draft, meaning that fans of Austin's newest professional team won't have to sit and wait for other teams to make their picks. Instead, Tuesday could look more like a coming out party for the team rather than your typical draft.

Per MLS rules, Austin FC will be permitted three minutes for each player selection, and the soccer club can claim one player from each of the participating MLS clubs. No trades will be permitted during the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft window, which ends as soon as the allotted three minutes for the fifth pick ends.

"Our Club has been working diligently for many months to arrive at this moment, and the Expansion Draft marks a vital step in the process of building our 2021 inaugural roster," said Claudio Reyna, Austin FC sporting director in a press release. "We are excited to add up to five important players to our squad, and we look forward to continuing to build our roster in advance of our first MLS season in 2021. I urge all our fans to make sure they tune in on December 15 to see who we select."

Austin FC will be allowed to fill out its roster at noon on Dec. 16, when MLS free agency begins.

The new team has already added forwards Cecilio Domínguez and Rodney Redes earlier this year and look to add more through free agency and the draft. Each MLS roster holds 30 players, with 18 being eligible for the game day squad roster during the regular season and playoffs.

MLS has not yet announced a schedule or opening day for Austin FC and its $260 million dollar stadium.

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