Austin FC was built on the mission of uniting the community around soccer while also becoming a flag bearer for the Texas capital.
While Austin FC struggled on the field during its inaugural season, finishing 12th out of 13 teams in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, the club’s off-field successes laid a promising foundation for future prosperity for the city’s first professional sports franchise.
Continue reading “Austin FC Inaugural Season ‘Absolutely a Success’ Despite On-Field Struggles”
Running a professional sports franchise is no easy feat, especially in Major League Soccer where soccer’s popularity and culture continue to grow across the United States and Canada.
Continue reading “Charlotte FC Chief Fan Officer Serves as Invaluable Link to Supporters”
On October 8, 1871, legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn belonging to Patrick and Catherine O’Leary located at 137 DeKoven Street on the southwest side of Chicago.
Dry weather and an endless supply of wooden buildings provided the ideal fuel as the ensuing fire—whose true cause is still a mystery—spread throughout the Windy City. Over the course of two days, the conflagration turned thousands of buildings into ash and rubble, killed 300 people and led to an estimated $200 million in damages.
Continue reading “Chicago Fire FC Reinventing Identity With Help of Fans”
Less than a month into the coronavirus pandemic, Tom and Melissa Penn were sitting at their kitchen table discussing a recent poll which revealed approximately 80% of those surveyed would feel uncomfortable attending a sporting event during the current climate.
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Chicago Fire midfielder Brandt Bronico knows a thing or two about risk. He and teammate Jeremiah Gutjahr became more active investors while Major League Soccer was suspended for approximately three months during the coronavirus pandemic. The two roommates, who both majored in accounting in college, spent their soccer-less days improving their financial literacy and calculating speculation of certain companies and the market as a whole.
Continue reading “Brandt Bronico Shifts Attention From Wall St To Walt Disney World”
Micheal Azira is no stranger to making the most out of his time, no matter how much or little he has available. Continue reading “Micheal Azira Continuing His Education During Coronavirus Pandemic”
The popularity of soccer—both in participation and interest—is increasing in the United States. There’s no doubting that.
According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 7% of Americans cited soccer as their favorite sport to watch, while 9% preferred America’s pastime baseball. Not only is soccer growing as a whole in the United States, but Major League Soccer (MLS), the top domestic league, has experienced a 27% rise in interest since 2012, according to Nielsen Sports Sponsorlink. Continue reading “Soccer’s Growth in U.S. Has Legends Excited”
Sebastian Giovinco is usually one of the smaller soccer players on the field, but he doesn’t let his 5-foot-4 stature prevent him from doing what he does best — making dynamic plays and scoring goals. Continue reading “Why is Sebastian Giovinco Called ‘The Atomic Ant’?”
David Villa grew up in the small mining town of Tuilla in the municipality of Langreo in North Spain. Even from a young age, Villa faced obstacles he had to overcome in order to become a soccer icon. Continue reading “Why is David Villa Called ‘El Guaje’?”
Drake Ramberg is Portland through and through. He was born in the city, went to college at Portland State University, is an avid fan of the local Timbers and Trail Blazers, and has worked at Nike—headquartered in nearby Beaverton, Ore.—since 1987. Continue reading “This Nike Designer Showcases Love of Portland Sports in Artwork”