Podcast #45: Austin FC’s First Player Signing: Rodney Redes. Interview w/ Roberto Rojas. Supporter Section Ticket Memberships. Circle Brewing Anthem Deal for MLS is Back.

Josh Babetski
Jul 8 · 4 min read

Show notes from Episode 45 of the Austin Anthem Podcast.

July 08, 2020: Austin Anthem Podcast Notes: Episode #45

Anthem News

NWSL Updates

  • Kicked off on June 27th with North Carolina beating Portland on CBS
  • North Carolina dominating so far.
  • Most exciting game was Houston’s 3–3 draw with Utah that they should have won if not for a mystery call by the referee negating what would have been their 4th goal.
  • Dash recovered to take a 2–0 win against OL Reign on the 4th of July.
  • Group stages end on July 13, but everyone will qualify for the knockout round, with the final on July 26th.
  • All games on CBS All Access up until the final on CBS.

Major League Soccer Updates

  • The MLS is Back tournament starts on the 8th (so by the time you’re hearing this, it should have kicked off)
  • We say should, because FC Dallas has been withdrawn from the tournament due to a 10 players and one technical staff testing positive for Covid. Reports suggest that this was demanded by other teams and not a willing withdrawal.
  • Thirteen players across the league tested positive, ten from dallas and three from two other teams. Nashville/Chicago postponed already.
  • Schedule is fully out there. Best matches of the early round:
  • Saturday at 7pm — Atlanta United and NYRB, our watch party on Zoom. Big boy FOX.
  • Monday the 13th at 9:30pm — Galaxy/Portland on FS1
  • Saturday the 18th at 9:30pm — LAFC vs LA Galaxy on ESPN

World Football Updates

  • Liverpool takes the Premier League crown with second-place Manchester City’s loss to fourth-place Chelsea, where Christian Pulisic is becoming a key part of Chelsea’s late surge. Heading into Matchday 34, Chelsea have won 5 of their last 7.
  • Fifth-place Manchester United is unbeaten in their last nine and is only two points behind Chelsea for that last Champions League spot.
  • Real Madrid has a 4 point cushion atop the La Liga standings, with Barcelona dropping points at Atletico Madrid, Celta Vigo, and Sevilla since the restart. Real is perfect since play resumed. Four games left to play in Spain.
  • Juventus look likely to secure their ninth consecutive Serie A title and have opened up a 7 point gap to second-place Lazio with 8 games remaining. Inter and Atalanta are all but assured Champions League qualification.

Austin FC Supporter Section Ticket Memberships

Supporter Section Ticket Memberships went on sale this week. Supporters Section is GA, but for non-Austin FC matches will be assigned seating. Purchase them on SeatGeek when your window opens — if it hasn’t already.

Membership benefits

  • All Austin FC regular season matches
  • US Open Cup and CONCACAF CL home matches through quarterfinals
  • Up to 1 friendly match
  • First right to purchase home playoff matches
  • 10% select Austin FC merch

Make sure you’re a member of Austin Anthem, as we’ll be tasked with turning that section into a cacophony of sound in a semi-organized fashion on Matchday.

Austin FC’s First Player Signing: Rodney Redes

  • 20 year old forward from La Colmena, Paraguay
  • Very versatile player, can play left or right wing, or central midfielder
  • Short, stocky build, very fast, good change of pace-type, reminds many of Hulk from Brazil or Josef Martinez
  • Paraguay media touts him as a gem for Club Guaraní
  • Club president indicated there is also interest from Austin FC for another young Guaraní player
  • Interview with father — Ramon, mom, sister are very proud and cried with happiness over the news, knew since Father’s Day, father played for River Plate in early 90s
  • Per ESPN — $2.5m transfer, salary about $200k per year, will not be DP
  • Nickname is “Picante”
  • Interview with Roberto Rojas of BeIN Sports, who’s parents are from Paraguay and is very familiar with the Paraguay Primera Division and Rodney Redes


Austin Anthem is the independent supporters group for Austin FC, the Major League Soccer club of Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit us online at AustinAnthem.org

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The Official Soccer Supporters Group of Austin FC

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