Aedan Stanley has made the cut. Stanley, Austin FC's third pick in the MLS SuperDraft, was announced as an official Austin FC signee alongside goalkeeper William Pulisic (of the Christian Pulisic family) on Friday.
Stanley, who has trained with Austin FC throughout the preseason, joins the club from USL side Portland Timbers II. The young defender started in all 16 matches with the club in 2020 and clocked three assists. Stanley's alma mater is Duke University, where he made 37 total starts in 2018-19 before joining the Timbers II.
"I would like to thank Claudio, Josh and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play for Austin FC," Stanley said. "I am honored to be Verde and represent this great city and the people who call it home."
Blessed to be a part of such an amazing organization with a bright future ahead!! Vamos Verde💚🖤 @AustinFChttps://t.co/doDwEiqB89
— Aedan Stanley (@astan_13) April 16, 2021
Pulisic, who also joined the club's preseason training squad, hails from the U-19 Borussia Dortmund team, just like a famous member of his family. Pulisic's cousin, Christian Pulisic, also spent time with Borussia Dortmund before getting his big break in the English Premier League and becoming the youngest-ever captain for the USMNT in 2018.
Pulisic made 8 appearances and logged four shutouts with Borussia Dortmund's U-19 team, helping lead the team to the U-19 Bundesliga Championships. Pulisic has also hailed from Duke University and recorded 19 shutouts in his 65 starts with the team. Internationally, Pulisic has represented his country 28 times with the U.S. Youth National Team, 24 times with the U-17 team (including the starting spot in the 2015 U-17 World Cup) and four times with the U-19 team.
"I am very excited to be a part of Austin FC in our inaugural season. It's a dream come true to be able to play for a club with high ambitions and huge support from the entire city," Pulisic said. "I'm ready to give everything I have to my team, my club, and the city of Austin."
Both players will represent the younger side of the Austin FC lineup and help to build depth to the new club, Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said.
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Samsung might soon be making more moves in the Austin metro.
The tech giant, which made waves as it announced plans to build a $17 billion chip plant in Taylor in late 2021, might be looking to expand in the Northeast Austin area, according to an Austin Business Journal report.
ABJ said the South Korean company is seeking more tax breaks from nearby Taylor and Manor school districts. The company filed documents requesting Chapter 313 incentives related to the breaks Saturday, and ABJ said each district will review the requests separately on Tuesday.
"While we do not have specific plans to build at this time, the Chapter 313 application process is part of our long-term planning to evaluate the viability of potentially building additional fabrication plants in the U.S.," Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC.'s director of communications, Michele Glaze, told the ABJ.
But Samsung has made headlines for more than just the $17 billion plant: In early 2022, the company caught heat for two separate spills of millions of gallons of wastewater into tributaries near its semiconductor plant.
While no expansion is promised, ABJ speculates that expansions could occur at the 1,200 acre planned Taylor factory or near the chipmaking factory on Austin's East Parmer Lane. Both expansions could bring even more revenue and job opportunities to Samsung's Texas home.
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A first minute error gave Austin FC an early setback, but with the help of two red cards and two second-half goals, the Verde and Black still forced a last-minute tie in a messy home battle against Orlando City SC Sunday night.
With the 2-2 draw, Austin dropped from No. 1 in the MLS West conference but still earned a point in the standings thanks to a penalty kick goal from Sebastian Driussi and a breakthrough shot from striker Moussa Djitte, who scored his first goal with the club in the final minute of play.
Here are the top three takeaways from the match:
A fateful mistake
Just days after his highlight reel-worthy LAFC performance, Austin keeper Brad Stuver scratched heads as he gave away a goal seconds into the game. Stuver's fateful pass went straight to Orlando's Junior Urco, who was already in the box and tapped a quick pass to Ercan Kara to score the first goal of the match.
The mistake forced Austin to chase a tie for the rest of the match, especially as center back Ruben Gabrielsen benched himself in the 20th minute. The team later said Gabrielsen has come down with something similar to a stomach bug.
Orlando would score two minutes later, and Austin FC left the first half looking like the opposite of its "Best in the MLS" self from just days prior.
The two red cards
By the 60th minute of the match, however, the tides had turned. Orlando's Rodrigo Schlegel, who had already racked up a yellow card on a handball, was ousted from the game two minutes later for yet another handball, this time in the penalty box.
Austin's main man Sebastian Driussi took the kick and sent it in for his eighth goal of the season to make it 2-1.
And just over five minutes later, Orlando's Cesar Araujo was the second man in purple kicked out of the match after he kicked Alex Ring on a slide tackle near the box. Austin was left with just over 20 minutes, and just nine opponents left, to try and tie it up.
The 'Mouss' is loose!
As the whistle blew and regulation time ran out, Orlando seemed to have won the match. The team had withstood many, many close calls—including two shots off the post from Austin FC's Diego Fagundez and Maxi Urruti—as Austin FC flooded the box with 22 cracks at a goal.
But thanks to the chaotic nature of the game, Austin FC was given nine extra minutes to tie it up. Moussa Djitte was the one who finally broke through five minutes into stoppage time, earning his first goal in Verde to put a 2-2 cap on the wild home match.
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