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Austin FC signs Paraguayan forward Rodney Redes as first player
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Paraguayan forward Rodney Redes was just signed to Austin FC.

Austin FC, the soccer team that will be the city's first major league sports franchise, announced Monday that Rodney Redes, the 20-year-old Paraguayan forward, will join the club via transfer as its first-ever player signing.


"He's a young, hungry, dynamic player," Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff said during a Monday news conference. "He's a very focused young man. He plays with real commitment, real passion, and his technical qualities are very clear."

Redes will formally join Austin FC in January 2021. He will remain "on loan" with Club Guaraní of Paraguay's Primera División until the end of 2020, according to the club.

Redes is the first player to sign a contract with Austin FC; he arrives in Austin in January.

The club is not disclosing the details of the terms, and he will not being doing media interviews until he reaches Austin next year. Claudio Reyna, Austin FC sporting director, described Redes, who signed his first professional contract at age 18, as a "dynamic, attacking player" who is "precisely the sort of player we intend to attract to Austin FC."

About Redes:

    • Name: Rodney Redes (pronounced "Rrod-nee Rreh-dess")
    • Position: Forward
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Born: February 22, 2000
    • Age: 20
    • Birthplace: La Colmena, Paraguay
    • Nationality: Paraguay

"To have our first player, for our fans to be able to picture Rodney running in our stadium, and to be able to start piecing together our team, is exciting," Reyna said. "Today is day we can really celebrate for our fans and the club."

The stadium in north Austin is expected to open early next year, ahead of Austin FC's inaugural season.

The pandemic has "slowed down" and otherwise changed recruiting efforts, particularly from hard-hit countries in South America, where the COVID-19 situation is "very bad at the moment," said Reyna, whose family is from Argentina, which borders Redes' home country.

He said the majority of the team's recruiting and signing will be done later in the year. Officials are looking for a balance of young new players and more experienced ones in their late 20s and early 30s, Wolff and Reyna said.

Wolff described Redes as serious on the field, and jovial and smiling off the field. Redes, who speaks Spanish, will be arriving in Austin alone, with no family, Reyna said.

"He will be on his own in a new country," Reyna said. "It's a different dynamic when you have a player who is married with kids, has moved around a few times, speaks English, versus someone like Rodney who is going to need to be provided the support to adapt. It's something we're aware of from day one, and to make sure he feels comfortable and welcome, and I know we will."

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway