Austin FC set to make MLS debut in 2021

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The MLS’s 27th team will make its debut in 2021.

League commissioner Don Garber announced that Austin, Texas would be the home for the new club, which will be known as Austin FC. 

“Austin is a thriving metropolitan city – the personification of what we mean when we say MLS is a ‘League for a new America,’” Garber said in a statement. “We are extremely proud to be the first major professional sports league to become part of the culture of this historic American city.”

Austin FC will play in a new $225 million stadium and will be Texas’ third MLS team, joining FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.

 Austin mayor Steve Adler said the city would be positively impacted by the addition of the team.

“This is a historic day for Austin, as MLS becomes the first major league to plant roots in our beautiful city,” Adler said. “We believe professional soccer will bring a great and especially needed benefit to our city.”

Other expansion teams that have yet to make an MLS debut will be located in Cincinnati (2019), Miami (2020) and Nashville (2020).