UPDATE: Austin FC star goalkeeper Brad Stuver to sit out for at least one more match after knee injury
Austin FC's breakout goalkeeper and consistent starter Brad Stuver will be out for at least the team's upcoming Sunday match due to a knee laceration, head coach Josh Wolff said Wednesday.
A surprise star on the Verde and Black roster, Stuver played for more minutes than any other teammate this season before he suffered a knee gash in an attempt to save a Houston Dynamo goal on Saturday.
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Stuver was sent to the hospital after the match, and his X-ray tests found no sign of bone damage.
"He'll be out this weekend," Wolff said. "He's in a good place, he's just got to let it heal and then once he gets out on the field we'll be able to see how quickly he can get back up to speed."
A player who has gained admiration on and off the pitch (new fans in attendance may be surprised to hear "Stuvvvvvv!" chants take over Q2 Stadium at each Austin FC match), Stuver led the league in saves last season and earned a presence on plenty of MLS highlight reels.
Now everyone knows his name.
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Although Austin FC's improved performance has put Stuver more in the backseat, the 31-year-old keeper still has the sixth-best save percentage in the league this season and has helped keep the team's record squeaky clean with 22 saves and three clean sheets.
The rare Stuver absence will be filled by Andrew Tarbell. In just 82 minutes played, Tarbell racked up four saves and kept a clean sheet Saturday, earning MLS Team of the Week honors in the process.
"It's just part of the job description as a number two goalkeeper, you just always need to be ready," Tarbell said after the match.
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Tarbell, who came to Austin after helping the Columbus Crew to their MLS championship, has played in two MLS matches for Austin but frequently appears in the club's exhibition matches. Before the surprise Houston appearance, Tarbell played a full 120 minutes in the club's 2-1 overtime loss to San Antonio FC on April 20.
"I'm quite comfortable (with Tarbell,)" Wolff said. "He's a leader on the team, even though he hasn't seen the minutes."
Austin FC will be without Stuver as it fights to keep its four-match win streak and remain above the LA Galaxy in the MLS West in an Austin showdown on Sunday. The Galaxy is Austin's highest-ranked opponent to date and sits just below Austin at No. 3 in the West.
Wolff did not confirm when Stuver would return to the starting pitch.
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By Jonathan Lee
The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.
The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'
Historic preservationists, for their part, overwhelmingly support historic zoning, which would preserve the buildings in perpetuity. The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to initiate historic zoning in July, citing architectural significance, landscape features and association to historic figures. City staffers recommend historic zoning, calling both structures one-of-a-kind examples of vernacular architecture.
Tarrytown neighbors have also banded together to stop the demolition. Many have written letters, and a few spoke at the meeting. “How could anyone buy this property with the intent of destroying it?” Ila Falvey said. “I think it’s an architectural treasure.”
Michael Whellan, an attorney representing the property owner, said that the claims made by preservationists are shaky. The buildings are run down, he said, and have had substantial renovations. A structural engineer hired by the owner said any attempt at preservation would involve tearing down and rebuilding – an undertaking Whellan said would likely cost millions.
Whellan also argued that any historical significance derived from the property’s association with Delisle and longtime owner C.H. Slator is dubious. “These men are not noted for any civic, philanthropic or historic impact,” he said.
What’s more, according to Whellan, Slator likely participated in segregation as the owner of the Tavern on North Lamar Boulevard between 1953 and 1960.
A city staffer, however, said she found no evidence to support the claim. “We would never landmark a property where a segregationist lived, or there was a racist person,” Kimberly Collins with the Historic Preservation Office said.
Commissioner Awais Azhar couldn’t support historic zoning in part due to lingering uncertainty about Slator. “Focusing on that factor is not here to disparage an individual or family. It is not about playing the race card. This is an important assertion for us to consider as Planning commissioners,” Azhar said.
Commissioner Carmen Llanes Pulido said that allegations of racism should come as no surprise. “We’re talking about white male property owners in the 1950s, in Austin, on the west side – and of course they were racist,” she said. But she argued that allowing the house to be demolished based on these grounds does nothing to help people of color who have been harmed by racism and segregation.
The question of tax breaks was also controversial. Michael Gaudini, representing the property owner, said that the tax breaks associated with historic zoning would exacerbate inequality by shifting property tax burdens to less affluent communities. City staffers estimate that the property, appraised at $3.5 million, would get either a $8,500 or $16,107 property tax break annually, depending on whether a homestead exemption is applied.
Commissioner Grayson Cox preferred the commission focus not on tax breaks but on whether the structures merit preservation. “To me, nothing in the historic preservation criteria lists, is this person deserving of a tax break or not?”
Azhar, on the other hand, said he plans to propose a code amendment getting rid of city property tax breaks for historic properties.
The commission fell one vote short of recommending historic zoning, with six commissioners in support and three opposed. Azhar and commissioners Claire Hempel and Greg Anderson voted against.
The odds of City Council zoning over an owner’s wishes are slim. Nine out of 11 members must vote in favor, and there have only been a handful of such cases over the past several decades.
What's new in Austin food & drink this week:
- Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
- Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
- Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
- Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
- Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
- Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
- The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
- Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
- P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.