AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC is adding an MLS veteran to strengthen its 2022 roster, announcing the signing of former Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay Monday.
Finlay, 31, agreed to a two-year guaranteed deal with the Verde and Black. The 10-year professional is well-versed in MLS competition with 245 appearances, recording 49 goals and 42 assists.
Finlay spent the last four and a half seasons with Minnesota where he scored 19 goals in 95 appearances. He was drafted by Columbus Crew with the 10th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is very familiar with the midfielder as their time in Columbus overlapped.
“My family and I are excited to be joining Austin FC and experience all that the great city of Austin has to offer,” said Finlay. “I have always respected and admired Claudio and Josh throughout their careers, so a chance to be a part of this organization was something I could not pass up. I hope to bring leadership and a winning culture to this young but prolific club.”
Wolff was an assistant in Columbus when Finlay put together his best season as a professional.
Finlay recorded single-season career highs in both goals (12) and assists (13) during Columbus’ 2015 season, earning MLS Best XI and MLS All-Star honors that year.
“Ethan is a very strong addition to the Club,” said Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “He possesses quality and experience, both of which will be valuable as we continue to grow and improve heading in to 2022. We can’t wait to welcome him to Austin.”
Current Austin FC roster (2022)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Will Pulisic, Brad Stuver, Andrew Tarbell
DEFENDERS (6): Julio Cascante, Freddy Kleemann, Hector Jimenez, Žan Kolmanič, Nick Lima, Jhohan Romaña
MIDFIELDERS (8): Ethan Finlay, Cecilio Domínguez, Diego Fagundez, Daniel Pereira, Tomás Pochettino, Alex Ring, Ulises Segura, Owen Wolff
FORWARDS (6): Moussa Djitté, Sebastián Driussi, McKinze Gaines, Jon Gallagher, Danny Hoesen, Rodney Redes