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PREVIEW: Austin Bold FC Set to Host First Home Match in Club History

By Austin Bold FC Communications, 03/29/19, 7:00PM CDT

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Bold Stadium to welcome sellout crowd for inaugural match

Photo courtesy Horácio Coutinho for Austin Bold FC

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Bold FC kicks off the home slate this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with the inaugural Central Texas Derby against San Antonio FC. The team announced this afternoon that the sellout crowd of 5,022 fans will be on hand for the debut of Bold Stadium and the first-ever match in club history.

The Bold will look to rebound from a 2-1 loss at Reno 1868 FC on April 16, in which Kléber scored the first goal in club history and an early lead in the first half of the match. ABFC picked up a point in their season opener in Las Vegas the week prior, after working a scoreless draw in the first match in team history.

What You Need to Know

  • The game marks a homecoming for Austin locals Sonny Guadarrama (Cedar Park HS) and Kris Tyrpak (Dripping Springs HS)
  • ABFC’s Bold Stadium and San Antonio’s Toyota Field are separated by just 70 miles, the second-shortest distance between USL Championship clubs, behind the approximately 37 miles that separate LA Galaxy II and Orange County SC
  • Three players on the Austin Bold FC roster played with SAFC last season: Tyrpak, Guadarrama and 2017 USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year Diego Restrepo
  • Kléber scored the first goal in club history in the Bold’s week two match at Reno 1868 FC. While it was his first of the season and the first for the Bold, the goal was the 173rd of the Gladiator’s career
  • Including Saturday’s match, the Bold will play five of their next seven matches at home

Following the match against SAFC, the Bold will hit the road once again – heading back west to California for a contest against Sacramento Republic FC – before opening a three-game home stretch on Wednesday, April 17 against defending Western Conference champions Phoenix Rising FC. Tickets are available for the match and can be purchased at www.AustinBoldFC.com or by calling the Austin Bold FC sales office at 512.872.8700.

Game 3 – Austin Bold FC vs San Antonio FC
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Stadium: Bold Stadium (Austin, Texas)
Austin Bold FC: 0-0-1, 1 pt
San Antonio FC: 0-2-1, 1 pt
All-time Series: This is the first matchup between ABFC and SAFC
Watch: ESPN+
Stats: 
USL Match Center

Injury Report
Out - Josué Soto (knee)

Social Media Information
Twitter: @AustinBoldFC
Instagram: @AustinBoldFC
Facebook: Austin Bold FC
Hashtags: #GoBold, #AUSvSA

About Austin Bold FC

Founded in 2018, Austin Bold FC is an American professional soccer team based in the capital of Texas. Austin Bold FC will compete in the United Soccer League (USL), a Division II sanctioned league in the U.S. Soccer Federation hierarchy comprised 36 teams in the United States and Canada. Within the USL, Austin Bold FC will compete in the USL Championship, the top division in the league. Led by head coach Marcelo Serrano, the club’s inaugural season kicked off in March 2019. Austin Bold FC is devoted to growing soccer in Central Texas and forming bonds with youth leagues and soccer supporters throughout the region. Austin Bold FC will play an exciting, up-tempo style of soccer, delivering a matchday atmosphere as dynamic as the city of Austin itself.

About the USL

The United Soccer League (USL) is the largest professional soccer organization in North America, possessing nearly a decade of experience in bringing the world’s game to communities across the United States and Canada. Overseeing the USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two, the organization is built on a proven and recognized model in international football and counts more than 100 clubs in its membership.

Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL has grown over the past decade into a model organization with strong corporate partnerships, stable organizational leadership, and a dedicated staff that provides outstanding support to member clubs and outside partners. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation and Canadian Soccer Association, the USL is #UnitedForSoccer, moving the game forward in the United States and Canada.

About the USL Championship

The USL Championship is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million across more than 35 markets in 2019, and fueling the growth of the game across North America. At its core, the Championship is community. It’s the commitment of passionate and financially secure owners and talented players to embrace their hometowns, to create opportunity and to grow together through the beautiful game.

#BOLD#

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