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Austin FC signs familiar face Owen Wolff as first Homegrown Player

Austin FC's newest signee is the son of head coach Josh Wolff. (Austin FC/Twitter)

The name of Austin FC's first Homegrown Player may ring a bell: the club's newest signee is 16-year-old Owen Wolff, Head Coach Josh Wolff's 16-year-old son.

Wolff joins the club for their inaugural season after signing through 2025 with a one-year option. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"I'm really thankful and grateful for the opportunity I've been given," Owen Wolff said. "I have everything I need here in Austin... the facility, the people, the supporters. It's unbelievable."

With the signing, Wolff becomes the youngest player to sign with the club and the third member of the Wolff soccer dynasty to sign an MLS contract. Before taking the helm at Austin FC, Josh Wolff got his start with the Chicago Fire over 20 years ago and has since made a decorated career as a Sporting Kansas City legend and protegee of USMNT Head Coach Greg Berhalter, while Owen's brother Tyler signed to Atlanta United in 2020.

Wolff is also the first to come from the club's own ranks as a Homegrown Player after participating in Austin FC's Player Development Program, meaning he will be protected from the Expansion Draft through 2025.

Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said the signing was momentous for both Wolff and Austin FC's fledgling academy.

"This is a special moment for our Club and the Central Texas soccer community," said Austin FC Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna. "He earned this opportunity, and his signing is a great example of what the pathway to becoming a professional soccer player at Austin FC can look like for youth across the country."

While he may have just become officially on board, Wolff has already racked up some stats with Austin FC: after training with the team for their spring preseason, Wolff also made his debut with the team in a friendly against the Liga MX's Tigres UANL in July and made an assist in the one goal of the match.

Austin FC Captain Alex Ring said that Wolff has already proven his skill on the pitch.

"Since the beginning of preseason Owen has demonstrated great ability, perseverance and soccer IQ," Ring said. "We're thrilled to see him earn a spot in the first team roster and look forward to seeing him develop his professional career."

Before Austin FC, Wolff played five matches with Atlanta United's U-16 squad in 2019-20 and was part of the team's reserve squad in 2020. Wolff was also a member of the Columbus Crew U-16 team in 2018-19, where he made three starts.

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