AUSTIN,TX (December 13, 2019) Austin Bold Football Club announced today its initial roster moves ahead of the 2020 USL Championship season beginning in March. All signings are pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of individual contracts will not be released.
After a successful inaugural USL Championship season, The Bold welcomes back five members from their 2019 roster. Club leading goalscorers Andre Lima and Kleber return for The Bold’s second season. Midfielder Xavi Baez will be back along with defenders Jermaine Taylor and Edson Braafheid.
The full list of players currently announced under contract for head coach Marcelo Serrano include
Defenders Edson Braafheid and Jermaine Taylor, Midfielder Xavier Baez, and Forwards Kleber Giacomazzi, Roberto Avila and Andre Lima.
After securing the return of five players, Serrano spoke on the importance of continuity in the continued success of Austin Bold FC. “I’m incredibly happy to keep the core group of the 2019 roster together again for 2020. This will help with the further development of the team, and it’s relationship with the Austin community.”
On-loan players returning to their parent club include Goalkeeper Juan David Ramirez, Defenders Gutsavo Rissi and Josue Soto, and Forwards Francis Atuahene and Ema Twumasi. Austin Bold FC is in negotiations to bring 2019 loaned players back for the 2020 USL Championship season.
Austin Bold FC and the following players are mutually agreed to part ways; Midfielder Calum Mallace and Defender London Woodberry. Austin Bold FC ownership, coaches, and staff would like to thank Mallace and Woodberry for being a part of Bold history and their contributions to the club.
“The offseason is a very important time of year for a club. There are a lot of negotiations going on for players to stay, move on, and new faces to come in. We’ll have more good news in the coming weeks for our supporters” said General Manager Roberto Silva
Austin Bold FC 2020 Roster as of Friday, December 13:
DEFENDERS (2): Edson Braafheid, Jermaine Taylor,
MIDFIELDERS (1): Xavier Baez,
FORWARDS (3): Kleber Giacomazzi, Roberto Avila, Andre Lima
Players Released Under Mutual Agreement as of Friday, December 13:
DEFENDER (1): London Woodberry
MIDFIELDER (1): Calum Mallace
Austin Bold FC is in discussions with other players not yet under contract for the 2020 season.
As The Bold prepare for their second season, get ready for 2020 with an Austin Bold FC Season Ticket Memberships. Each Season Ticket Member receives a limited-edition autographed ball from World Cup champion Rose Lavelle, a 2020 Austin Bold FC scarf, and perks. Visit AustinBoldFC.com/seasontickets or call (512) 872-8700.