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Wolff, Finlay, Driussi named to MLS Team of the Week after Austin FC's 5-1 scoring fest

Forward Sebastian Driussi was one of three Austin FC members named to the MLS Team of the Week after the club's 5-1 win Sunday. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Sebastian Driussi and Ethan Finlay were rewarded for their two goals apiece in Austin FC's 5-1 victory over Inter Miami CF Sunday with MLS Team of the Week honors.

This week's roster was dotted with Verde across the board: while Driussi made the MLS starting XI midfield and Finlay was placed on the Week 2 bench, head coach Josh Wolff was also given the nod as the league's Coach of the Week.

Driussi and Finlay each scored twice in the 5-1 Sunday smackdown, with Driussi starting the scoring run in the 22nd minute and scoring once more at the beginning of the second half. Finlay, who came in after the half, headed in a goal and finished off the game with a goal in the last minute to land the second brace of the match.

The honors come as Austin FC sits atop the Western Conference for the first time in its history: hot off two five-goal victories, the undefeated team is the first MLS club in history to score 10 goals in the first two matches of any season.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.