We’re expecting plenty of goalmouth action when New England host Atlanta United and Vancouver meet Austin in MLS.
Austin FC will be the 27th team in MLS when they make their debut in the 2021 season. They were announced as an expansion team in 2019 after a plan to move the Columbus Crew to Austin fell through at the last minute.
Wolff, Reyna hired to lead Austin FC
Austin FC named Josh Wolff as their first manager on July 23, 2019, and four months later, they announced Claudio Reyna as their sporting director.
Wolff played professional soccer from 1998 to 2012, spending time in MLS with the Chicago Fire, Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United. The striker also spent one season with 1860 Munich in Germany's 2. Bundesliga after being denied a work permit to play for Derby County in England. In 319 professional games, Wolff scored 94 goals, including an MLS rookie record of eight in 1998. He played 52 games for the US men's national team, scoring nine goals, and his major tournament appearances include the 2006 World Cup, 2000 Olympics and multiple Gold Cups. Since retiring in 2012, Wolff has been an assistant manager with D.C. United (2012-13), Columbus Crew (2014-18) and the USMNT (2019).
Reyna is one of the best players in United States history with 112 international caps. The midfielder played professionally from 1994-2008 with stops at Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City and New York Red Bulls. He scored 23 times in 282 professional games and added eight international goals.
He was in the 1994 World Cup squad but didn't play because of injury. Reyna did play in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups though and was named in the 2002 edition's all-tournament team. He captained the US at the 2006 World Cup and retired after the tournament. From May 2013 to November 2019, Reyna was the sporting director of NYCFC, meaning Austin FC will be his second expansion team. Reyna's teenage son Gio is a budding star with Borussia Dortmund and the USMNT.