Move-in Day: Austin FC steps up training with move to performance facility

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Austin FC begins its fourth week of training, they were able to experience one more touch of “new”.

The club moved into the $45 million St. David’s Performance Center Tuesday, where they will train from this day forward.

“They’ve loved every minute of it, the fields are great, the facilities [are] fantastic, it’s been a great pick up for the guys,” Wolff said. “It’s a real pick up for the guys, they’ve been waiting for this moment.”

Austin FC spent the previous three weeks training at St. Edward’s, playing multiple scrimmages on the Hilltoppers’ home field.

“They’ve seen it from afar, they’ve seen the bits and pieces as it was getting built but to now be inside the facility and to be working out of that space every day is fantastic,” Wolff added.

The St. David’s Performance Center will be the site of Austin FC’s La Copita match with Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday.

Austin FC will have two other matches in the La Copita tournament against FC Dallas and San Antonio FC of the USL.

The head coach says he likes the progress that the club has made in the early part of training, but he is quick to note that they are still a work in progress.

“I still think the focus is on us, we’re working on things internally, we’ve had three weeks of good work up to this point, two games against USL opponents of different levels and different qualities that played different styles,” Wolff said.

He expects the excitement level to increase during La Copita because they will be facing in-state opponents.

“When you start playing Houston and Dallas, who are two very good teams and two rivals of ours, it’ll be nice. It’ll have another level of intensity to it, even though it is preseason,” Wolff said. “It gives us an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the type of opponents we’ll see this year during the season, but it’s still going to be about what we’re able to do with the offensive ideas and certainly the defensive structure.”

Austin FC’s match with Houston will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. at the St. David’s Performance Center. The match will not be open to fans, but will be streamed via the Austin FC app.

CW Austin TV home for regional coverage of Austin FC

The CW Austin, KNVA, will be the television home for Austin FC soccer for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The channel will air a majority of Austin FC’s regional telecasts for the next two years. Any remaining regional broadcasts not on The CW Austin will air on either KXAN or KBVO.

The first regional broadcast, an 8 p.m. CT kickoff against the Colorado Rapids on April 24, will be on one of KXAN’s channels (KXAN, The CW Austin or KBVO).

The inaugural Austin FC home game on June 19 will air on TUDN. The season opener on April 17 will air on FOX network television.

Here’s how to watch Austin FC games this season.

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