Austin FC is getting closer to finalizing its roster and starting its season. Today, Austin FC gets a chance to pick from some of the best talent that Major League Soccer has to offer in the Expansion Draft. It also gives fans who are new to MLS a chance to sink their teeth into new players and teams that they may not be familiar with.
The MSL Expansion Draft, where new teams get to choose players with MLS experience, will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and will be broadcasted on AustinFC.com and MLSsoccer.com, as well as on Austin FC's social media platforms.
Bookmark this one! You can watch today's Expansion Draft right here on Twitter. https://t.co/3mzIgeZGZY— Austin FC (@Austin FC) 1608042601.0
The five-round draft will see Austin FC select up to five players from the eligible pool of players, claiming only a single player from any one club. There will be no time outs or trades with each pick taking only three minutes for a very fast-paced process.
Between 12 teams, there are 161 players in the pool. Clubs were able to protect up to 12 players from their current roster, either from their senior, supplemental or reserve rosters—the rest are fair picks for Austin FC.
Can't decide which goalkeeper I want for #AustinFC...— Ryan Riggins (@Ryan Riggins) 1607975453.0
Some players that stand out include DC United's Frederic Brillant, New York Red Bulls' Amro Tarek, Orlando City SC's Brian Rowe and Montreal Impact's Maxi Urruti, all of who would help Austin FC immediately compete in the MLS this coming season.
You miss 100% of the shots you do not take - Wayne Gretzky -Frédéric Brillant https://t.co/RvMfHCR4Hc— Total MLS (@Total MLS) 1504997325.0
Brillant, while older than the rest at 35, would add size and a veteran presence in the locker room. The French defender's five seasons in the MLS and 122 starts would give fans reassurance on that side of the pitch and would be a good building block to the team.
AMRO TAREK M A Z I N G 1-0 #RBNYvLA | #RBNY https://t.co/Ynei7nl1oq— Red Bull New York (@Red Bull New York) 1556994500.0
Amro Tarek is a younger and more versatile defender, who has not played as many games in the MLS. Austin FC would be his fourth team in five years, but FC could use Tarek as either a leftback or center, depending on what Manager Josh Wolff wants to do.
How good was this from Brian Rowe last night? 😲 #MINvORL | #VamosOrlando https://t.co/MyeKakwHjF— Orlando City SC (@Orlando City SC) 1566164572.0
American Brian Rowe is almost a no-brainer for Austin FC to add. Rowe is a 23-year-old goalkeeper that worked his way into a starting role with LA Galaxy before moving to Orlando City where he had seven shutouts in 32 starts in 2019. Rowe would be a valuable anchor for the Austin FC defense and someone fans could trust in the net.
Take a bow, Maxi Urruti! 🏹 @ThierryHenry gets his first MLS win as head coach of @impactmontreal thanks to this be… https://t.co/qoNze3dqfO— FOX Soccer (@FOX Soccer) 1583013916.0
Forward Maxi Urruti from Montreal would add depth to the lineup more than someone who would be an everyday starter. Coming up through the youth system at storied Argentine club Newell's Old Boys, Urruti has pedigree but the 29-year-old has never really found a place to start in the MLS.
If Austin decides to go with Urruti, it would mean that they feel very confident in players they already have on the roster and the development they think they can make with some of the younger players available in free agency after the draft.
There are 11 players on the field at once with 10 outfielders and one goalkeeper. Austin FC already has a roster of seven players, including first recruits, two forwards, 20-year-old Rodney Redes and 26-year-old Cecilio Domínguez.
Austin FC still has to make moves to field a complete team. FC currently has three forwards, three defenders and a midfielder; meaning that the team will most likely target a goalkeeper and more forwards to round out the roster in today's draft.
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So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!
Fall promises to be a one-of-a-kind camping experience. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, weekends will be packed with fall-themed activities, including special Halloween weekends in October. Campers can enjoy activities like fall crafts, campground trick-or-treating, costume contests, site decorating, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Packages and Ways to Stay
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Located just 5 miles from McLane Stadium, Camp Fimfo Waco is the perfect place to stay during home game weekends. Skip the stuffy hotel room and embrace the great outdoors before cheering on the Baylor Bears! Campers can purchase a Baylor Tailgating Package that includes a pre-game meal from Executive Chef Sean Kelley and transportation to and from the game! Chef Kelley will also be cooking up delicious, elevated tailgating meals near the stadium so make sure to check out The Plaid Plate food truck before the game.
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Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
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