Major League Soccer wants your input on creating an Austin team


H-E-B. THERE’S NO DOUBT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER IS INTERESTED IN BRINGING A TEAM TO AUSTIN.IT’S BEEN A CONVERSATION NOW FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS.BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE LEAGUE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT “GOING PRO”.KXAN’S “ALICIA INNS” SHOWS US A NEW SURVEY SOME FANS HOPE WILL PROVE, AUSTIN IS A “KICK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”.PAY ATTENTION TO THIS NAME, SOCCER FANS.”HI MY NAME IS COLE KIDWELL AND I’M SIX YEARS OLD.”A PINT SIZED PLAYER WITH SOME JAW-DROPPING SOCCER SKILLS.AND A GOAL MUCH BIGGER THAN HIS CLEATS..”YEAH I HAVE A DREAM OF PLAYING PROFESSIONAL SOCCER..”THE LOVE OF THE GAME SPANS FROM THE TURF TO TECHNOLOGY…”TWO YEARS AGO I GOT THE WILD HAIR TO START A FACEBOOK GROUP: BRING MLS TO AUSTIN”A WILD IDEA FROM A SOCCER FAN THAT TURNED INTO 3,000 MEMBERS IN 4 DAYS..”THERE’S A DEMOGRAPHIC OF PEOPLE THAT ARE YOUNG AND THAT LOOK FOR ENTERTAINMENT, NOT JUST SOCCER FANS. THAT’S REALLY WHAT AUSTIN HAS TO OFFER I THINK.”WHAT ELSE DO YOU THINK?MLS WANTS TO KNOW… A NEW ONLINE SURVEY ASKS THINGS LIKE HOW OFTEN DO YOU WATCH MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER?AND WHAT FACTORS WOULD LEAD YOU TO INCREASE YOUR SUPPORT?BUT NO MATTER WHAT — FINDING A HOME FOR THE TEAM IS ONE OF THE BARRIERS BLOCKING THE GOAL “IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE CENTRALLY LOCATED DOWNTOWN WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND I THINK THAT’S A REALY BIG UNDERTAKING”TOO BIG, SAYS THE CITY.THE MAYOR’S OFFICE TELLS ME THEY HAVE NO PLANS TO SPEND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO BUILD A STADIUM.RIGHT NOW, IT’S ABOUT GETTING FEEDBACK.. “IT’S TIME REALLY I THINK, FOR AUSTIN TO GET WHAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS.”SO MAYBE ONE DAY, PLAYERS LIKE COLE “I THINK I MIGHT PLAY FOR BARCELONA OR CHELSEA”WON’T HAVE TO GO SO FAR, TO PLAY THE SPORT THEY LOVE.ALICIA INNS KXAN NEWSA 2015 REPORT FROM THE AMERICAN CITY BUSINESS JOURNALS RANKED MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN METROPOLITAN AREAS BY THEIR “ECONOMIC ABILITY TO SUPPORT NEW TEAMS”.INCLUDING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE AND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER. ACCORDING TO THE ANALYSIS, AUSTIN HAS THE ECONOMIC CAPACITY TO SUPPORT A TEAM IN “EVERY” LEAGUE EXCEPT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. THE STUDY, WHICH ANALYZED 83 NORTH AMERICAN MEDIA MARKETS, FOUND AUSTIN HAS A TOTAL POSITIVE INCOME OF 84 BILLION DOLLARS. WITH 58 BILLION DOLLARS OF THAT AVAILABLE AS POSSIBLE “DISPOSABLE INCOME” TO DIRECT TOWARD THE COSTS OF A PRO SPORTS TEAM. A SOCCER TEAM THAT IS ALREADY IN AUSTIN SAW SOME TROUBLES THIS PAST SEASON..THE UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE’S TEAM…. THE AUSTIN AZTEX HAD TO SIT OUT THE 2016 SEASON BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE A PERMANENT STADIUM TO PLAY IN.THEY FINSIHED THEIR SEASON AT HIGH SCHOOL STADIUMS – WHICH ACCORDING TO THE TEAM

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