The summer transfer window is near, and as promised, Austin FC has signed a new scoring prospect, Moussa Djitté, from the French Ligue 2.
Austin FC has confirmed the move a day after owner Anthony Precourt tweeted the signature Verde smoke on Tuesday evening, a telltale sign of a new Austin FC signee. The club brought in 21-year-old Djitté with an undisclosed transfer salary through the U-22 Initiative.
The young center forward will look to bolster an offense that has seen just one goal in seven games. Josh Wolff was unfiltered in his desire to sign a new striker, as was sporting director Claudio Reyna, who said in a press release that he expects Djitte to have an "immediate" impact on the club.
"(Djitté) is an ascending and promising young player with a bright future ahead of him," Reyna said. "As the Club continues to work on adding quality players to the roster, we believe Djitté is ready to contribute in the immediate term."
Obtaining one or more new attacking options, including a high-end Designated Player, was always in the game plan, especially after striker Danny Hoesen was announced to be out for the season due to a hip injury. Austin FC has been plagued with an unlucky bout of injuries this season: fellow striker Jon Gallagher and winger Rodney Redes have also faced injuries in the team's offensive end this season, and backup striker Aaron Schoenfield still needs some recovery time after suffering a knee injury in preseason.
Djitte comes from Grenoble in France's Ligue 2 but is originally from Senegal, where he played for ASC Niarri Tally in Dakar. Djitte spent time in FC Sion in the Swiss Super League before moving to the French Ligue 2 in 2019.
With Grenoble, Djitté scored eight goals in 35 appearances last season. He also represented Senegal internationally, making his debut for the Senegal U-20 team and scoring the only goal in his first match with the U23 team in 2018.
The pressure's on for Djitté to bring some much-needed goals to Austin, but the team's season of signings is likely far from over. Austin FC is slated to sign at least one more Designated Player, which is usually a high-profile athlete that can be paid higher than a club's regular salary cap, as the transfer window opens in July.
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Nicklaus Pereksta says he loves photographing enthusiastic people, and it’s why his latest gig offering pictures to people out on Lady Bird Lake’s hike and bike trail is going smoothly. He sets up his gear on the Pfluger pedestrian bridge and puts out a sign: Photos, $10.
“Overwhelmingly, this has been a really positive experience,” Pereksta said. “I get excited when I wake up in the morning and I can't wait to go to work.”
Bikers and joggers are excited about it too. On the pedestrian bridge leading to downtown Thursday morning, a man on an e-bike rode up and posed, wanting more photos.
“I posted the last pictures on Instagram and people loved it. They asked, ‘where is this guy?’” the biker told Pereksta. Bashfully, Pereksta, who also photographs landscapes and at weddings and other events, said he was happy to hear that.
Pereksta started these photos about a month ago, after the strenuous runs required in his valet job started causing pain in his legs. And though he has a passion for photography, he wasn’t so sure when he started working independently if it would work out.
He felt uncertain about the demand for it and was also worried about having lots of expensive equipment out in the open.
“Then like the first day was nothing but high praise and people are like, this is so awesome. This is great. I've never seen anything like this before. I was like, Wow, this was really good, like positive turnout. So I got encouraged.”
Now, he wants to expand and is thinking of contacting the Mueller Farmers Market about how to become a vendor. Still, he'll carry a connection to photographing on the bridge since the word bridge is related to his last name.
“It's a name my great, great, great grandfather came up with when he was marrying somebody. It's actually quite a romantic name. It means a joining of two bridges," Pereksta said. "So, I thought it was ironic that I'm set up on a bridge. I'm kind of representing my last name right now.”
Austonia talked to Pereksta about life in Austin, where he’s lived for eight years after living in Boston doing band photography.
What was your first experience with Austin?
I came here to visit some friends and they took me to Barbarella. So we went to Barbarella and I was like, ‘wow, this place is great.’ And then the restaurants and the food and going to Barton Springs. I was like, ‘this is amazing.’ Because there's nothing like that in Boston. If you want to go to a natural spring, you got to go to New Hampshire. There's no pools in the city at all. So there's lots of swimming out here.
What do you like best about Austin?
You go to any little quiet bar and there's a band playing that should be like onstage for a sold out show. Yeah, they're playing to 10 people, right? Like, one of the best bands ever and they're playing for 10 people, right? And just little magic moments like that are pretty fun. You just run into little random weird things.
What do you think makes Austin different from other places?
There’s no fall.
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