Austin Bold FC
The Austin Bold were losing to the OKC Energy until two minutes into stoppage time when Nicholas Hinds drew a foul in the penalty box, and Xavier Baez converted the penalty kick. The Bold happily walked away with a 1-1 draw. The Bold played a more aggressive match, but the Energy leveraged finesse. Austin controlled the match from a pure physical perspective, leading in possession (58 to 42%), shots (14 to 8), shots on targer (7 to 5), and fouls (10 to 9).
The Austin Bold FC match against the Tacoma Defiance FC started with solemnity, as the team honored the second anniversary of the passing of Promise Isaac. Tacoma controlled the match, leading in possession, passing, and passing accuracy. But Austin was more strategic on the attack, leading in total shots (12 – 8), shots on target (3 – 1), and, most importantly, goals (1 – 0).
In what can only be described as a storybook ending, local favorite-son Sonny Guadarrama entered the match between the Austin Bold FC (9-6-9) and the El Paso Locomotives FC (13-2-8) in the 77th minute and scored as time expired to salvage a draw for the Bold. The appearance was Guadarrama’s first in greater than a year, having played in only 7 matches in the 2020 season.
It had only been two weeks since the Austin Bold faced the New Mexico United, but an entirely different Bold team appeared on the pitch. Austin surprised New Mexico by playing a highly competitive match, giving new head coach Ryan Thompson his second career victory with a 1-0 win. Thompson, previously the goalkeeper coach, assumed his new duties on September 4.
All eyes were on new Austin Bold FC head coach Ryan Thompson as he and his team took the pitch against the San Antonio FC after the unceremonious demotion of Marcelo Serrano. Serrano had led the team since it inaugural season in 2019 and is now the Sporting Director. Thompson was formerly the goalkeeper coach.
The Austin Bold entered this match with more draws than any other team in the USL Championship. They were fortunate to add to that draw total as they were out-played to a skillful New Mexico United team. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. They could have easily lost the match if not for the phenomenal play by Bold goalkeeper Elliot Panicco.
The best thing to come from this match was it was refereed by a woman. A first at Bold Stadium. The most entertaining thing to come from this match were 3 women, thinking they were going to a concert at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater, but got the night wrong. Instead, they settled for a soccer match, a least for a short while, before being removed for either flashing their boobs to the players or smoking dope. Your choice of reasons.
This was a match the Austin Bold FC should have won. Instead, the Bold found mercy for The Miami FC and settled for a 0-0 draw. The Bold dominated the play. This was greatly helped by red card issue to Connor Sparrow, the Miami goalkeeper, for a hands ball outside the box early in the second half. The man-advantage allowed Austin to control the pitch. The Bold led in time of possession (58 to 42%), duel successes (55 to 45%), aerial duels (56 to 44%) and shots (13 to 7).
The Austin Bold (5-3-4) dominated the Real Monarchs SLC (2-8-4) and walked away with an easy 1-0 victory. It took the Bold 12 minutes for Juan Torres to collect a pass from Ates Diouf and curl in past Monarchs’ goalkeeper Jeffrey Dewsnup from outside the box. The Monarchs hunkered down into defensive mode for the remainder of the match, facing 18 shots by the Bold but only generating 6 themselves.
The Austin Bold took on the Cruz Azul in the first friendly international match played at Bold Stadium in its three-year history. Cruz Azul’s Walter Montoya scored the match’s only goal, giving the Bold a very respectable defeated. The heritage of each team could not be different. Cruz Azul is one of Mexico’s most storied clubs.
The Colorado Switchbacks overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to defeat the Austin Bold. The Switchbacks trailed 1-2 and were down a player due to a red card in the first half, to rally and win by a final score of 3-2. The Bold opened the scoring in the 3rd minute off a free kick by Fabien Garcia. Hadji Barry evened the score for Colorado Springs on a penalty kick in the 16th minute.
The Austin Bold FC fell to the El Paso Locomotive in what was the least exciting match ever played at Bold Stadium. Final score was 1-nil. Diego Luna’s header to the bottom right corner produced the match’s only goal. Macauley King setup the goal on a crossing pass to Luna.
The Austin Bold (1-1-1) defeated the Real Monarchs SLC (0-2-2) in their first home match of the 2021 season by a score of 2-0. The Bold consistently controlled the pace of the match. The Monarchs were contained to their end of the pitch for most of the first half, and never really posed any threat to the Bold.
The Austin Bold FC was a team with nothing to lose. And they played like it, defeating the division leading San Antonio FC by a score of 2-1. The Bold’s playoff hopes evaporated in a disappointing 2-0 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Toros on Wednesday. Instead, Austin was playing for bragging rights in IH35 rivalry. <more>
The Austin Bold FC (4-3-6) played only their second home match in the COVID era before 1,244 fans to defeat the Sporting KC II, 4-0. The win was Austin’s first in five outings and KC’s fourth consecutive loss. The Sporting KC (4-9-1) are now eliminated from playoff contention. <more>
The Austin Bold were a team in need of a break. Since returning from COVID-19 suspended play the team lost two matches and a third was postponed due to an spat of positive tests. Last week Austin was able to field just 16 players, including assistant coach Ryan Thompson doubling as backup goalkeeper, and had only two days practice. <more>
Professional and collegiate sports ground to a halt as the nation attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a summary of what is affected locally: American Hockey League (Texas Stars) – remainder of season cancelled. Circuit of the Americas – MotoGP postponed, IndyCar Classic <more>
The Austin Bold (1-0-0) continued the steady progress it made in its inaugural season with a 1-0 victory over the New Mexico United (0-1-0). The 2020 Bold squad saw the return of majority of the core members from 2019. Key among the returning players is goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. <more>
2019 marked a successful inaugural year for the Austin Bold. The Bold advanced to the quarter finals of the United Soccer League championship, falling to the league’s best team in a Penalty Shot decision. Austin also progressed to fourth round of the United States Open Championship before narrowly falling to the Houston Dynamo of the MLS. The Bold welcomes back 15 players and their head coach... <more>
Austin Bold FC head coach Marcelo Serrano has proven himself to be a keen strategist, effectively pairing his lineups to the capabilities of his opponents. This week Serrano was forced to take into account injury in addition to the proficiencies of the Las Vegas Lights FC. <more>
The Austin Bold FC (11-11-7) played a very aggressive match against the Reno 1868 FC (15-9-5) but ultimately fell, 2-1. The loss dropped the Bold from a fourth-place tie to seventh in the United Soccer League Western Conference. The Bold were impacted by two questionable calls early in the match. <more>
The Sacramento Republic FC (12-11-4) defeated the Austin Bold FC (11-10-7) by a score of 2-1. The loss was only Austin third in 15 home games. The victory moved Sacramento into a fourth place tie with Austin in the USL Western Conference. The match was a very physical contest... <more>
The Austin Bold FC defeated the Rio Grande Valley Toros Sunday night by a score of 3-0 to strengthen their fourth place position in the United Soccer League Western Conference and win the Copa Tejas. Copa Tejas was formed by supporters of San Antonio FC (SAFC)... <more>
Penalty kicks are often used to decide a match, but penalty kicks are seldom the match. But penalty kicks played a prominent role as the Austin Bold FC (10-8-6) defeated the Tulsa Roughnecks FC (4-13-7) by a score of 5-to-1. The victory returned the Bold to fourth place and the Roughnecks... <more>
The Austin Bold FC (9-7-5) continued their home field dominance by defeating the Fresno Foxes FC (10-3-7) in with a tightly fought contest, 1-0. The victory gives Austin sole possession of fourth place in the USL Western Conference. Play started cautiously as both team probed... <more>
The Austin Bold FC (4-3-3) squandered and early 2-0 over the Orange County SC (4-2-3-1) to win 3-2 with a dramatic goal two minutes into stoppage-time. Andre Lima gave the Bold an early 1-0 lead at the 10-minute mark. Lima left-footed a shot past Orange County goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes... <more>
The Fourth of July came early for the Austin Bold as they celebrated the midpoint of their inaugural United Soccer League season with fireworks on the field. The Bold (4-2-3-1) soundly defeated the Colorado Springs Switchback (4-4-2) by a score of 5-0. Andre Lima scored twice... <more>
The Austin Bold (4-4-2) dominated the Portland Timbers 2 (4-2-3-1) on the field, but they settled for a 2-2- draw against the second best team in the Western Conference. “That’s our fourth game that we have been controlling like this,” Austin head coach Marcello Serrano told reporters. <more>
Andre Lima and Sonny Guadarrama had their best games of the season as the Austin Bold FC blew past the San Antonio FC in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Lima netted two goals and barely missed a third on a blocked penalty kick. Guadarrama fielded the rebound... <more>
Bad news often comes in threes. Such was the case as the Austin Bold FC (3-5-2) dropped their first-ever home match to the New Mexico United (4-4-1-1) by a score of 3-1. First, Jorge Troncoso experienced a season ending injury when he and Sonny Guararrama collided... <more>
The Austin Bold FC convincingly defeated the Tulsa Roughneck FC in their opening round match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 2-0. The U.S. Open Cup is the nation’s oldest annual team sports tournament and the oldest soccer cup competition. The Bold are one of 84 teams... <more>
ustin Bold head coach Marcello Serrano needed to strike a careful balance: continue to climb in the USL Western conference standing and rest key players for their first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game in four days. He accomplished the former in outstanding style with... <more>
The Austin Bold scored as many goals in single game as they have in all previous game combined, and they did it playing short-handed for the entire second half. The Bold (4-4-2) beat the Real Monarch SLC (4-2-3-1) by a score of 3-2 before a home crowd. Sean McFarlane put the Bold... <more>
The Austin Bold (4-4-2) would have preferred winning against the El Paso Locomotive (4-4-1-1), but they were satisfied with a draw. Why? They played the style of soccer that head coach Marcelo Serrano wanted. That style included dominance in time of possession and an aggressive defense... <more>
Sonny Guadarrama scored the game’s only goal and led the Austin Bold FC (4-1-4-1) to victory over the Phoenix Rising FC (4-3-3) at Bold Stadium in Austin, Texas. The goal was Guadarrama’s first with the Bold. Sonny celebrated the score with fans by jumping the fence stands and the pitch. <more>
The Austin Bold FC (3 games, 1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss) defeated the San Antonio FC (4,0,3,1) in their inaugural home match by a score of 1-0. A standing room only crowd of 5,803 filled Bold Stadium on a cool night stoked by a strong wind out of the north. Austin striker Kléber Giacomazzi tallied ... <more>
It was just three weeks ago that Austin Bold Football Club general manager Roberto Silva introduced its first 14 players to the media. Three weeks later the size of the team had grown to 24 players. Head coach Marcelo Serrano led the Bold against the St. Louis Football Club in their first competitive... <more>
The fans are passionate. The players are talented and passionate. The team owners are patient and passionate. And like the team owners, Roberto Silva, General Manager of the Austin Bold soccer club is talented, patient and passionate. I spoke with Silva at the Austin Bold Media Day... <more>