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For their second new player reveal of the day, Austin FC announced on Wednesday they had signed 19-year-old midfielder Sebastian Berhalter as the 24th addition to their inaugural roster.




Berhalter has been acquired on loan from Columbus Crew SC for the 2021 season, after which he can be traded permanently onto the team.

As a player with potential, Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said that Berhalter will strengthen the depth of the club's middle line.

"Sebastian is a young and talented midfielder who will add depth to our growing roster," commented Claudio Reyna, Austin FC Sporting Director. "We are excited to have him join the Club and look forward to his continued professional development with Austin FC."

Berhalter's name may sound familiar to soccer fans, and for good reason: the young midfielder is the son of US men's national team head coach Gregg Berhalter. Berhalter Sr. previously head coached for Columbus Crew SC and Hammarby IF in Sweden and assistant coached for the LA Galaxy, where he also got his MLS playing start.

At 19, Berhalter is the youngest player on ATXFC's current roster, but he's already played for an MLS Cup-winning team. Last year, he made nine appearances and four starts as a Homegrown Player on the championship Columbus team.

Berhalter's long history with Columbus began in 2014 on the club's Academy team. From 2014-19, Berhalter scored 11 goals in 103 appearances and 97 starts for the Crew.

In 2019, Berhalter joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, making 17 appearances and nine starts with the team.

Berhalter has also appeared in three U.S. U-16 Men's National Team matches.

The news comes just hours after ATXFC announced their 23rd player, Slovakian star Žan Kolmanič. Kolmanič is the latest left back for the club after signing onto the program by loan on the day of his 21st birthday.

With Berhalter and Kolmanič, Austin FC has now stacked seven midfielders and eight defenders into their roster, with six empty slots before they reach the MLS's 30-player cap.

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