Kickoff is around the corner, and Austin FC is getting closer to the start of their first season with its inaugural preseason matches.
Austin FC announced Monday that it would begin its first-ever preseason on Monday, March 8, at Fairmont Austin and St. Edward's University. Optional training sessions began Monday, March 1 and will extend through March 7.
Head Coach Josh Wolff, who was ranked as having the league's seventh-hardest job by the MLS last month, said that he is excited to see their hard work finally come to fruition.
"We are very excited to start our first preseason as an MLS club," Wolff said in a press release. "The organization has worked tirelessly for over two years for this moment, and we look forward to officially starting this project and getting our players and staff on the field."
The preseason training camp will include 21 players on the current roster as well as two unsigned SuperDraft picks and three invited attendees.
Training will include six weeks of closed-door scrimmages and matches before the 2021 MLS season begins on Saturday, April 17. No audience or media will be allowed to watch any events due to COVID-19 protocols.
The first two scrimmages will take place at St. Edward's against USL Championship teams OKC Energy on Friday, March 19 and Louisville City FC on Thursday, March 25.
Austin FC is temporarily training at St. Ed's while St. David's Performance Center, a $45 million training facility, finishes up construction. In exchange for renting out their space, the club will be giving back scholarship funds to Division II athletes at the university through the Austin FC Endowed Scholarship fund.
Every rostered player excluding new international signee Tomas Pochettino, who has yet to fill out his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa, will be at the camp. The team has also invited Austin FC's unsigned SuperDraft picks Aedan Stanley and Daniel Steedman as well as three others: goalkeeper William Pulisic of Duke University, defender Samuel Rogers of the Tacoma Defiance and midfielder Luis Argudo of Inter Miami CF.
Three more preseason matches are scheduled for sometime in April before the season begins on April 17. The MLS official schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.