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Austin FC is getting closer to finalizing its roster with the addition of four players to its roster through the Expansion Draft.
Sports Director Claudio Reyna and Head Coach Josh Wolff were able to pick up to five players of the 162 eligible players for the new Austin FC team in Tuesday's Expansion Draft. The MSL Expansion Draft is a chance for new teams to choose players who already have MLS experience.
Here we go! @AustinFC https://t.co/iCXD3Mx826— Anthony Precourt (@Anthony Precourt)1608073035.0
With the first pick, Austin FC went with Danny Hoesen from the San Jose Earthquakes. The 6'1 Forward from the Netherlands is a quick and strong playmaker, who helped San Jose last season.
Fans should expect a lot from Hoesen who has scored 23 goals in his MLS career. It'll be important for him to be a leader on this team if the young Austin team wants to make a mark in year one.
With their second pick, Austin FC went with value. Jared Stroud from the New York Red Bulls not only fits in with the club's identity but also comes with a small contract making him a valuable asset to the organization.
He played in 20 matches with 11 starts in 2020. Stroud is also only 24 years old, so similarly to much of the Austin FC roster, he has a lot of room for growth and development. The midfielder is the type of pick fans should want because the upside is there.
With the 2nd pick in the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft, Austin FC selects midfielder Jared Stroud (@JollyJ_Tweets) from… https://t.co/FUA0s2YhQW— Austin FC (@Austin FC)1608074209.0
The organization kept the theme of "upside" with the selection of goalkeeper Brady Scott for the third pick.
Scott is an American-born player who is well known on the USA Armature circuit playing for both the USA Under 18 and U20 teams. At 6'2, Scott has the build you want for a goalkeeper.
With the 3rd pick in the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft, Austin FC selects goalkeeper Brady Scott from Nashville SC. https://t.co/aiUTg3ZjNz— Austin FC (@Austin FC)1608074258.0
With the fourth pick, FC went with a more experienced American Player in LA Galaxy's Joe Corona. The 30 year old can play in multiple positions for the club. The pick was given high praise by the announcers of the draft who all agreed that when building an expansion roster you look for players like Corona because of his versatility and leadership.
The goal for an expansion team is to acquire players who will either immediately make you a contender, help you build a foundation or be used to acquire other pieces.
With the 4th pick in the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft, Austin FC selects midfielder Joe Corona (@JoeCorona15) from the… https://t.co/XjQJl7jwoE— Austin FC (@Austin FC)1608074377.0
The fifth pick Kamal Miller was traded away almost as quickly as he was picked. The 22-year-old center back was traded to the Montreal Impact for $225,000 and a 1st Round Draft Pick (11th pick) in 2021 SuperDraft which is currently set for Jan. 11-15.
With the 5th and final pick in the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft, Austin FC selects defender Kamal Miller (@KMillz_00) f… https://t.co/r2CEwC1G4b— Austin FC (@Austin FC)1608074499.0
After the draft, Head Coach Josh Wolff said that he and the organization were looking for players that would be fast, score and show the fans a good time. After tonight's draft it appears they got what they were looking for and a little more by flipping Miller for a pick and cash to go sign another player.
Austin FC might not keep all of these players around, with the option of trading them for picks or other players in the future, but from the way that Wolff spoke after the draft, it would surprise many if this team hits reset and looks for new faces after next season.
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With more research done on the COVID-19 Delta variant, Austin Public Health is upping its goal of 70% vaccinated to at least 80% due to the extreme virality of the strain.
As more Delta cases are identified—up to 29 cases are confirmed in Travis County—health officials are urging the unvaccinated to get their shots to contain the spread and relieve hospitals from reaching full capacity.
Austin-Travis County surpassed the Stage 5 threshold on Friday and has reached a seven-day average of 61 hospital admissions. However, Austin health leaders have yet to make an official shift as the Delta variant calls for new guidance, APH Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said at a joint Travis County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday morning.
The new guidance has yet to be released, but Walkes said it will take into account the viral load of Delta on both unvaccinated and vaccinated people.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the Delta variant was as contagious as chickenpox, which has a herd immunity threshold of at least 90% vaccinated.
Although 63.42% of those eligible in Travis County are fully vaccinated, breakthrough cases—where vaccinated people are contracting COVID-19—are being identified. APH has identified 1,496 breakthrough cases of the roughly 800,000 vaccinated. Most breakthrough cases are showing less severe symptoms or are asymptomatic, according to APH.
Health officials are still asking residents to wear masks, although the city cannot mandate any masking orders due to an executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
"Our challenge is going to be whether we're going to stand as a community and everyone who can get vaccinated, get vaccinated, and everyone where a mask—that's what it's going to take," Walkes said.
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Save Austin Now police petition will reach November ballot after county clerk certifies 25,000 signatures
Save Austin Now is now 2-0 over Austin City Council after its petition to add more staffed police officers to the Austin Police Department was certified, garnering over the 20,000 votes needed to make it on an election ballot.
The petition calls for more police staffing per city resident, quicker response times and more training for city police officers in the wake of increasing violent crime rates nationwide and a year of limited APD staffing. The City Council will now decide whether to implement the ordinance outright or add it to the November election ballot; it will likely do the latter.
Over 25,000 of the 27,778 signatures racked up by the public safety petition were certified as valid, well over the 20,000-vote threshold required to be certified with the City Clerk. City Clerk Jannette Goodall placed the city's seal of approval on the petition on Tuesday morning.
The petition, by the same political group that got the camping ban reinstated through a petition in May, seeks to:
- Require minimum staffing of two officers per 1,000 residents
- Require a minimum standard of 35% community response time
- Add 40 hours of training
- Require city council members, Mayor Steve Adler and other city staff to enroll in the Citizens Police Academy
- Facilitate minority officer hiring through foreign language proficiency metrics
Austin's 160 patrol vacancies have dropped its staffing rate to 1.2 officers per 1,000 residents, according to the department. APD's response time has increased by about one minute and 50 seconds in a year.
The petition comes nearly a year after APD's budgets were slashed by city council following the summer's Black Lives Matter protests, which saw several demonstrators severely injured as millions called for justice in the police-related deaths of George Floyd and locally Mike Ramos, an unarmed Black man killed by APD officer Christopher Taylor, in April 2020.
Austin and the U.S. have experienced a widespread uptick in violent crime rates in 2021. The city has reached 49 homicides in 2021, higher than the total number of murders in all of 2020 and the 38 homicides in the city in 2019. Austin police officers have seen response times rise as the department suffers increased vacancies and fewer newcomers while cadet classes are being readjusted.
Opponents argue the ordinance would ramp up a policing budget while taking away from other departments including Fire, EMS, violence prevention, and mental health care. City Council Member Greg Casar, the Travis County Democratic Party and the Austin Justice Coalition have spoken out against the organization's latest public safety move, calling out the campaign as a "right-wing petition" that misleads those who sign.
🔥 PANTS ON FIRE: Republican-front group Save Austin Now is lying about their petition!
They say their measure is about police reform, when it's really about devastating our city budget - all for the benefit of the police union. Watch the video here ⬇️ #ATX pic.twitter.com/Z6QQSfhHfH
— Gregorio Casar (@GregCasar) August 2, 2021
The latest battle between city council and Save Austin Now will be decided by Austin residents in the Nov. 2 election.
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Austin City Limits fest and iHeartRadio Fest are the latest festivals to announce the removal of rapper DaBaby, who has come under fire for homophobic comments made during a recent festival.
The 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, was dropped by Lollapalooza just hours before his set on Sunday, followed by the Governor's Ball in New York and Nevada's Day N Vegas after making unsolicited comments about men with HIV/AIDS at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. Rolling Stone Magazine confirmed with iHeartRadio organizers that DaBaby will no longer perform.
DaBaby will no longer be performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival — lineup update coming soon. pic.twitter.com/jAYfdJFxJf
— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) August 3, 2021
There is no word on who he will be replaced with yet, though rumors on ACL's subreddit, r/aclfestival, are saying they expect Tyler, The Creator, who performed at Lollapalooza. Kirk will be replaced at Day N Vegas by rapper Roddy Ricch.
Kirk later backtracked his offensive statements on his Instagram story, but again faced criticism for not exactly apologizing.
After facing a second round of backlash for his Instagram statements, the rapper posted on Instagram, saying:
In addition to being dropped from the festivals, DaBaby has been denounced by fellow celebrities like Dua Lipa, Madonna and Elton John.
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