Crew SC's ownership 'encouraged' by Austin, TX council resolution


The ownership of the Columbus Crew SC said it was "encouraged" by a resolution approved by the city council of Austin, Texas that begins the process of welcoming Major League Soccer to that city.

Council members last night unanimously passed a resolution that directs city staff to find possible spots to build a soccer park, according to a statement from Precourt Ventures.

Anthony Precourt announced last month he may move the Crew SC to Austin due to poor attendance in Columbus and the desire for a downtown stadium.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Precourt, and the MLS Commissioner have a scheduled meeting next Wednesday in New York City to discuss the future of the team.

The Crew SC will play Toronto FC in the MLS Cup Conference Finals Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Mapfre Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Here is the full statement from Precourt Ventures:

"Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution today directing city staff to identify potential locations for a soccer park in Austin, including city-owned land in the urban core.

While this is an early step, it is an important one that underscores Precourt Sports Ventures’ belief that Austin would be an excellent home for a Major League Soccer club.

We are encouraged by Council’s decision and look forward to working with city staff to find an appropriate site with the potential to provide extensive community benefits to greater Austin and its residents. With the right site, Precourt Sports Ventures remains committed to privately funding the construction of a soccer-specific facility.

We appreciate the warm welcome from the Austin community and thank Council for its leadership and support of bringing Major League Soccer to Austin."

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