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Matthew McConaughey—with help from Austonia's Claire Partain—introduces Austin FC's newest jersey

Austin FC is swapping its signature Verde for mint green with its new away jersey release. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Austin FC's new mint green jersey may not be in signature bright green, but part-owner Matthew McConaughey assures fans that "Verde is more than a color."

The minty fresh secondary kit was announced with a video featuring a gravelly voiceover from McConaughey, clips from last season's biggest fans and a brief, extremely important question from Austonia's Claire Partain.

Responding to Austonia's groundbreaking question, McConaughey went on to answer that Verde is both a color and a sentiment.

"It's the rhythm of our city, it's a baseline," McConaughey said. "It's the drumbeat of Austin."

Featuring a more minimalist look than Verde kits of years past, Austin FC's new away jersey features a simple solid mint green base with its title sponsor, "Yeti" and other kit details in black. The message "Verde is un sentimiento," spread across the inside collar, completes the "Sentimiento" kit.

The jersey reveal video features Verde's "core" including a fan named Carl, who drives seven hours from Arkansas to attend every match, a schoolteacher named Stephanie who spends her weekends as a chant leader, or "capo," at games, and Leo, who uses sign language to communicate his love for Austin FC.

"There's a feeling you get when you see our players, our supporters, the people that make the city what it is," McConaughey said. "You know the passion each one of them has for this club, character, heart, soul. More than a color."

While the color may contradict the specific Verde color of last season, many fans are happy with the change.

Others were less satisfied with the simplicity of the kit.

Verde-centric fans will still get their fix with Austin FC's main green-and-black striped home kits, which will remain the same, and skeptics will get to see the kits in action for the club's first public match against Liga MX champs Atlas FC on Wednesday.

The "Sentimiento" kit is available now for $164.99 at the MLS store online or the two Verde Store brick-and-mortar locations in Austin.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.