AUSTIN, TX (December 6, 2019) - Austin Bold FC announced today it has agreed to a new professional contract with forward Roberto “Beto” Avila. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Head Coach Marcelo Serrano spoke of Avila’s growth and mentality in 2019. “Beto listens to the ideas and keeps improving and working hard. We just felt it was the right thing to give him a pro contract this year. It’s a part of our team culture to work with players from Austin and give them an opportunity to advance their careers.”
The Austin native made three appearances during the 2019 USL Championship season under an academy contract. In his 67 minutes with The Bold, Avila completed 16 of his 17 attempted passes for a 94.1% success rate. The forward offered an instant spark off the bench for Serrano against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on August 17. Avila’s dangerous speed drew a foul in the penalty area from the Roughnecks goalkeeper to win a penalty for The Bold.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity the coaches gave me for these next two years. It’s such an honor to play for a team in my hometown and I can’t wait to put on my Bold uniform, grind, and never stop,” commented Avila.
19-year-old Avila shined at multiple youth teams throughout Texas including Houston Dynamo, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Lonestar SC, and Austin Texans. In the 2018/19 season, Avila demonstrated his scoring prowess with 12 goals in 17 matches with Lonestar SC.