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Austin FC signs Slovenian left back Žan Kolmanič
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Austin FC has signed 21-year old Slovenian star Žan Kolmanič as their newest left-back defender, the club announced via Twitter Wednesday morning.


Kolmanič celebrated his 21st birthday in style by announcing he was joining the Verdes for their inaugural season.

"I'm very happy to join the club," Kolmanič said. "I look forward to seeing you all soon and grow the Legend together."

Kolmanič has made 44 appearances at current team NK Maribor since 2017. The club is currently 15-time national champions in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, Slovenia's premier league. Kolmanič has also played nationally for Slovenia's U-21 team.

The new prospect has already been called "the Luka Doncic of the MLS" by fans as rumors swirled around the signing for nearly a week. Slovenian dailies sites Ekipa24 and Vecer reported the signing on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Austin FC owner Anthony Precourt teased the announcement with a tweet on Tuesday morning.

Kolmanič is the eighth defender to sign with Austin FC and would be the youngest on the roster alongside 20-year-old No. 1 SuperDraft pick Daniel Pereira.

Austin FC's current roster sits at:

  • 4 goalkeepers
  • 8 defenders
  • 6 midfielders
  • 6 forwards

After Kolmanič, the club has seven open spots to fill before it reaches its player cap.

Austin FC's full roster can be found here.

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Food festival and backyard pool party: Things to do in Austin this weekend


🗓 Thursday

🎻 ACL Radio & Long Center Present: The Drop-In

Relax on the lawn at the Long Center while you listen to some tunes from The Octopus Project. This is the last free concert on the lawn for the rest of summer!

8 p.m. Thursday | 📍The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Dr.

🗓 Friday

🏡 Austin Fall Home & Garden Show

This “dynamic” showcase of the newest trends in home and garden decoration, renovation and services is returning to Austin with special appearances from HGTV Unsellable Houses stars Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Various times Friday-Sunday | 📍Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St.

🎸 Father John Misty

Don’t miss this highly-articulate indie-folk artist on his “Chloë and the Next Twentieth Century” tour while he plays for the audience under the stars. Suki Waterhouse opens the stage at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available starting at $28.50.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday | 📍Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park, 1401 Trinity St.

🗓 Saturday

🧚 Take The Magic Home With You: Faerie Garden Workshop

Get up bright and early to learn how to make your own faerie garden in your backyard, with supplies provided by the Conservancy. Tickets are $6 and you can choose to add your home to the Woodland Faerie Trail.

8-11 a.m. Saturday | 📍Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

🍷 Fareground Food and Wine Festival

Collect your passport upon arrival and collect up to 10 specialty “stamps” as you explore bites from each of the restaurants, plus wine from DRINK and Ellis. Tickets are $45.

4-8 p.m. Saturday | 📍Fareground Austin, 111 Congress Ave.

🎹 Us & Them Presents: The Beatles Tribute Night

Calling all Beatles fans—Hotel Vegas is bringing local musicians, like Como Las Movies and P.T. Banks, together to play covers of the famous band’s songs. Cover is $10 and this event is 21 and up.

8:30 p.m. Saturday | 📍Hotel Vegas, 1502 E 6th St.

🗓 Sunday

🍖 BBQ Pool Party at the Carpenter Hotel

There’s still time to soak up some summer at this classic backyard barbecue, complete with cocktails, pool food, ice cream, live music from El Combo Oscura and good vibes. Tickets are $55 each.

1-6 p.m. Sunday | 📍Carpenter Hotel, 400 Josephine St.

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