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Austin has gone Verde, but many were green for Mexico's national team long before Austin FC entered the picture.
The Texas capital was ground zero for Pancho Villa's Army, the U.S. fan club for the Mexican national team, back in 2011, and red, white and blue is represented by USMNT supporters' group American Outlaws.
The bitter rivalry between the two is set to heat back up as the CONCACAF Gold Cup begins July 11.
Austin's hotbed of international football supporters has been rewarded: the semifinal round of the continent's biggest soccer tournament will be hosted at Q2 Stadium on Thursday, July 29. The Gold Cup match at Q2 will come after weeks of elimination matches, many of which will play at neighborhood pubs across the city.
Here's a complete guide on the continent's premier futbol championship, from viewing parties to rival fan clubs to the semifinal round itself.
USA vs. MEX: what you need to know
CAMPEONES! 🇺🇸 🏆 pic.twitter.com/WA1CDFQYPV— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 7, 2021
Mexico and their arch-nemesis, the U.S.A, have a clear grip on the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They've flip-flopped between that championship slot for every tournament appearance since 2011.
Mexico holds an advantage with 11 championship titles, while the U.S. has won six and holds the most runners-up titles with six second-place finishes.
The CONCACAF championships have been held since 1963 and have grown to include 16 teams since 2017. The championship is conducted every two years and is almost always hosted by the U.S. While almost every club involved is from North and Central America or the Caribbean, other big-name invitees include Brazil and Colombia.
This year's championship is divided into four groups:
- Group A: Mexico, Canada, Martinique, Cuba
- Group B: Haiti, Costa Rica, Bermuda, Nicaragua
- Group C: Jamaica, Curacao, El Salvador, Honduras
- Group D: United States, Panama, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago
While neither team is a shoe-in to the championship, they're expected to duke it out in the final or semifinal rounds of the Gold Cup.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off on Saturday and runs through July. The Texas-centric tournament takes place in three different Lone Star State metros: Austin, Dallas and Houston.
Group rounds begin on July 10, when EL Salvador takes on Curacao in Frisco and Mexico takes on Trinidad and Tobago at Arlington's AT&T Stadium.
The United States' first group opponent is Haiti. They'll go head to head on July 11 in Kansas City, Kansas.
Quarterfinals run from July 24-25, and semifinal rounds take place at Q2 Stadium and Houston's NRG Stadium on Thursday, July 29.
The final round of the tournament is set in Las Vegas and will culminate at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 1.
View the full schedule here.
Where to watch
Live look at our taproom manager figuring out the weekend soccer schedule now that the Gold Cup tables are out. pic.twitter.com/wImoHEqCWQ— Hopsquad Brewing Co. (@HopsquadBrewing) July 7, 2021
For those not caravanning between Texas cities to watch, there's plenty of soccer pubs around the city to watch the tournament with friends in tow and beers in hand.
American Outlaws' HQ is Haymaker Austin at 2310 Manor Road. The sandwich pub hosts watch parties for the USMNT and USWNT, the Euro Cup finals and Austin FC. Catch up on Outlaws' traditions and chants here.
Meanwhile, Takoba, located on 1411 E 7th St., has been known as a watch party site for Pancho Villa's Army.
Sergio Tristán, the founder of PVA, is also a member of Austin FC fan club Austin Anthem. While watch parties haven't been disclosed yet, the Anthem's headquarters, Circle Brewing (2340 W Braker Ln.), is sure to host viewing parties as the tournament wears on. Hopsquad Brewing (2307 Kramer Ln.), Circle's next-door neighbor, has mentioned the Gold Cup as well.
Other Austin pubs with a big soccer presence include:
- Lavaca Street Bar, 405 Lavaca St
- The Tavern, 922 W 12th St
- Jack & Gingers, 11500 Rock Rose Ave
- Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Blvd
- Armadillo Den, 10106 Manchaca Rd
- Mister Tramps, 8565 Research Blvd
- Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S Lamar Blvd
CONCACAF Gold Cup takes Q2
2️⃣0️⃣,5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ strong— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 17, 2021
Feeling ALLLL the love tonight in Austin! ❤️☺️ pic.twitter.com/h5XQgOBawG
Q2 Stadium was already christened by a U.S national team: why not make it two?
The USWNT made the stadium's debut on Wednesday, June 16 as they scored a triumphant 2-0 victory over Nigeria as part of their Summer Series, bringing a sold-out crowd to their feet in the match.
If either the USMNT or Mexico—or both—make the semifinals, as they're poised to do, at least one team is likely to make their way to Austin. If they play each other, Austin will be in for a night of passion as one of the most highly-anticipated matches on the continent is hosted by Q2 Stadium.
Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said that hosting the tournament is an honor for the new club and the greater Austin area.
Those in red, white, blue and Verde tend to agree.
The semifinal round will take place in Austin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a record-setting second quarter during an earnings call broadcasted from the Giga Texas construction site in Southeast Travis County on Monday.
The electric carmaker reported more than $1 billion in quarterly net income and the production of more than 200,000 vehicles for the first time despite challenges such as a global semiconductor shortage.
"It … seems that public sentiment towards electric vehicles is at an inflection point, and at this point, I think, almost everyone agrees electric vehicles are the only way forward," Musk said.
Exterior shots taken just a while ago of Giga Texas (while @elonmusk is reportedly at the Gigafactory!) during today's earnings call!
Hope @peterdog15 got to catch the technoking in his video! #fastestinhistory #Tesla pic.twitter.com/WqeDlb5wU3
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 26, 2021
Despite rising consumer demand and adequate factory capacity, Tesla faces what Musk described as a "quite serious" global semiconductor shortage, which will determine the company's growth rate for the rest of the year.
With increased revenue and production, Tesla is investing in new factories, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said. These include Giga Texas, the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant that broke ground last summer and is slated to open later this year.
The Giga Texas factory in Southeast Travis County has rapidly increased in size since ground broke last August. (Tesla)
Musk commended the construction team for "incredible progress," transforming what was basically a vacant site into "a mostly complete large factory a year later."
I was at Giga Texas yesterday. Team is making excellent progress. Building will be almost a mile long when complete.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021
Giga Texas will produce the highly anticipated Cybertruck, along with other models, but Musk said scaling its production will be difficult, especially given the supply chain delays caused by the pandemic. "It's going to move as fast as the slowest of its up to 10,000 unique parts," he said.
In other news, Musk said Monday's earnings call would likely be his last regular appearance, only jumping on future quarterly calls when big announcements warrant it.
Tesla Solar recently made news when it announced plans to build the nation's most sustainable residential community in Southeast Austin earlier this month. The newly built homes will feature Tesla solar roof tiles and Powerwall battery storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
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The city of Austin released a shortlist of seven candidates for the police chief position left vacant when Brian Manley retired in March.
City Manager Spencer Cronk hopes to announce an appointment by the end of August, which will require City Council approval.
The finalists, chosen from a field of 46 applicants, include:
- APD Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, who previously served as an assistant chief in the department for almost five years
- Anne Kirkpatrick, former police chief in Oakland, California, who was fired last year after a federal monitor criticized her handling of a fatal 2018 police shooting of a homeless man
- Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Avery L. Moore, who is a 30-year veteran of the department
- Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Celeste Murphy, who manages the department's community services division
- Dekalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos, who previously served as division chief in the Miami-Dade Police Department
- Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, who is a former president of the Minnesota Police Chief's Association as well as one of the first police chiefs of a major U.S. City to call George Floyd's death a murder, as reported by the Wichita Eagle
- Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides, who is also commanding officer of the department's newly formed Community Safety Partnership Bureau, which serves L.A.'s underserved communities
City staff will interview the finalists in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities to come, according to a Monday press release.
The city conducted a public survey in March and hosted community input meetings in April to learn more about what residents are looking for in their next police chief, which helped shape the selection criteria for the position.
"They want to see the Chief be reform-minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability," Cronk said in the release. "The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways."
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Days after Austin began once again recommending masks in public spaces, Austin ISD announced Monday that kindergarten through sixth-grade classes will have virtual options this fall.
The district will discuss the move in a special board meeting Monday evening starting at 5 p.m., while full details will be released Friday.
Teachers will not have to fret about the new option—no educators will have to juggle both virtual and in-person learning. Instead, certain teachers will specialize in virtual education, according to a press release.
The news comes after a recent spike in COVID cases in Travis County and across the nation. Children typically suffer fewer symptoms of COVID when contracted, but they are now catching the virus more often than their older counterparts without a vaccine available to them and as the more contagious Delta variant is quickly being spread.
While local health officials are recommending everyone wear masks, public school districts are unable to mandate masks due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.
Parents have expressed concern about classrooms with masks unenforceable and children under the age of 12 ineligible for a vaccine. Some have even said they would look for alternative schooling if AISD did not offer a virtual option for students.
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