Austin FC is continuing to round out its roster with veteran players after signing 10-year MLS midfielder Felipe Martins on a one-year contract on Monday.
The 31-year-old Brazilian midfielder is expected to add depth as an addition to the Supplemental Roster, which allows for a club to sign players that do not count against the team's salary budget.
Martins brings unusual experience to the team's supplemental chart: Felipe has made 283 MLS appearances, more than any other Austin FC player, and his time with CF Montreal and the New York Red Bulls in the mid-2010s proved he was one of the top hustlers in the MLS before an ACL tear slowed his momentum in 2020.
“Everything I’ve seen, from the training facility, to the stadium, to the way we train and work is rare and inspiring. We have no excuse to not succeed and we need to give everything we have." —Felipe Martins
In his 12+ years of professional experience, Martins has played for professional clubs in Italy and Switzerland before signing to the then-Montreal Impact (now CF Montreal) in 2012. Martins led the team with 10 assists and scored four goals in his first season with Montreal, leading the team to win two straight Canadian Championships and appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League, which pits the best clubs in North America against each other each year, in 2014 and 2015.
Martins then scored 10 goals in 125 appearances with his new club, the New York Red Bulls, from 2015-2017, before scoring two goals in 47 appearances with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018-19. Martins rounded out his MLS experience with 43 appearances with DC United before his ACL tear in September 2020.
This will cause some serious beer showers at @Q2Stadium. 🙌
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) February 7, 2022
After bringing CF Montreal to prominence in its first year in 2012, Martins brings experience needed to transform expansion teams. The midfielder's reputation as a persistent and ruthless opponent is also expected to bring some much-needed grit to the club. And although he's originally from Brazil, Martins holds U.S. citizenship and won't count on the team's limited international roster space—meaning his signing doesn't take up much room for future signings on the Verde roster.
Martins was one of the trialists selected to train with Austin FC this preseason, which kicked off with a closed-door scrimmage against United Soccer League team Louisville City FC on Sunday, Jan. 30.
Martins said he's grateful for the chance he's been given after training with the team and said the club is ready to reach new heights this season.
"Austin has a clear objective, which is bring an MLS Cup to this city that lives and breathes soccer. But to get there we need to show up everyday and prove ourselves," Martins said. “Everything I’ve seen, from the training facility, to the stadium, to the way we train and work is rare and inspiring. We have no excuse to not succeed and we need to give everything we have."
With Martins' signing, Austin has added nine new players in its first-ever offseason. The club last beefed up its back line with Norwegian center back Ruben Gabrielsen and has added MLS vets including midfielder Ethan Finlay and former Houston Dynamo striker Maxi Urruti to its growing roster.
As of Monday, the club has added four midfielders, three defenders, a striker and a goalkeeper as it nears the end of its first offseason.
The club's preseason schedule continues with three more closed-door matches as well as an international friendly match open to the public against current Liga MX champions Atlas FC at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Q2 Stadium.
New players will mix with old as the club returns to Q2 for its season opener at home against Cincinnati FC on Saturday, Feb 26. Find out more about the upcoming season here.
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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.