Austin FC Announces Expansion of Academy to Five Age Groups With Addition of U-12 and U-17 Teams

5.19 Academy Expansion

Four of the five Austin FC Academy age groups to compete in MLS NEXT; With the introduction of the U-12 team, U-13s will move to U-14, U-14s to U-15, and U-15s to U-17; Full Austin FC Academy rosters to be announced later in 2021

Austin, Texas – Austin FC announced today the expansion of the Austin FC Academy to include the U-12 (born in 2010/2011) and U-17 (born in 2005/2006) age groups for the 2021-22 season. With the expansion, the Austin FC Academy now features five (5) age groups -- U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, and U-17. With the addition of the new U-12 team, the current U-13 team will move to U-14, U-14s to U-15, and U-15s to U-17. Full rosters for each age group will be announced later in 2021.

“The addition of the U-12 and U-17 rosters to Austin FC’s Academy is a decisive step in the formation of a comprehensive professional Academy youth soccer system,” commented Tyson Wahl, Austin FC’s Academy General Manager. “We are proud to offer an expanded pathway to professional soccer to the many talented Central Texas players who will compete in our academy system. We are one year closer to realizing our goal of seeing at least one player per season move from Austin FC Academy to the Austin FC first team. This expansion for 2021-2022 will further help us in developing the next generation of elite players from our region.”

“Having five age groups at Austin FC’s Academy in such short time speaks volumes about the level of commitment our Club has to local youth talent,” commented Claudio Reyna, Austin FC’s Sporting Director. “Our goal is to continue forming these talented players and offer them the best opportunity to develop their skills and support their aspirations to become professional soccer players.”

Austin FC Academy is the fully funded development academy that began competition in the Fall of 2019 with the U-14 team participating in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). It later expanded to include the U-13, U-14, and U-15 teams in 2020 under MLS NEXT.

With the expansion, four (4) of the five (5) Austin FC Academy teams will compete in MLS NEXT, apart from the U-12 team. Major League Soccer (MLS) manages, organizes, and controls the MLS NEXT system of youth soccer, which was launched in 2020 with the goal of transforming elite youth soccer in North America. MLS NEXT players have access to the highest level of competition, training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their professional futures. See below the 2021-2022 U-12 and U-13 rosters:

2021-2022 U-12 Roster (2010/11)

Edwin PlateroFC Barcelona Austin
Christian ZunigaFC Barcelona Austin
Carlos LopezFC Barcelona Austin
Jack GreenvilleFC Westlake
Caleb WelchFC Westlake
Josiah GarciaCapital City Soccer Club
Camden SpitzerCapital City Soccer Club
Kelby Spitzer Capital City Soccer Club
Wesley HamiltonCaptial City Soccer Club
Ryan Diaz Lonestar Soccer Club
Johnny BautistaLonestar Soccer Club
Diego Garcia Lonestar Soccer Club
Nico SiqueirosLonestar Soccer Club
Luke AndreLonestar Soccer Club
Lukas MendezLonestar Soccer Club
Boaz ZimmermanLonestar Soccer Club
Blue DavisLonestar Soccer Club
Zayden Seyhoon Lonestar Soccer Club
Blaise IwakoshiLonestar Soccer Club
Jayden Nguyen Lonestar Soccer Club
Alex Moore Lonestar Soccer Club
Ariel PortilloLonestar Soccer Club
Gavin MerazLonestar Soccer Club
Liam PayneLonestar Soccer Club

2021-2022 U-13 Roster (2009)

Kevin Espinoza Lonestar Soccer Club
Tristan Montalbo Lonestar Soccer Club
Ethan Miranda  Lonestar Soccer Club
Jorge Rivera Lonestar Soccer Club
Daniel WrightLonestar Soccer Club
Ty Rouen Lonestar Soccer Club
David AschenbeckLonestar Soccer Club
Isaac VelasquezLonestar Soccer Club
Luke WilliamsLonestar Soccer Club
Jaxon RadcliffLonestar Soccer Club
Tiano Vela New Mexico Pateadores
Isaiah TatumJuventus Academy San Antonio
Kike De La Cruz Rayados Laredo Soccer Academy
Adin MemicFC Barcelona Austin
Caleb DoaneLake Travis Elite
Robbie MacFarlandTigres San Antonio
Christian Ayala Capital City Soccer Club
Jonathan AyalaCapital City Soccer Club
Cesar Alejandro BalderasCapital City Soccer Club

The Austin FC Academy represents the highest level of training and competition for aspiring professional soccer players in Central Texas across Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding cities. The Austin FC Academy trains at St. David’s Performance Center, the Club’s $45 million, privately funded, state-of-the-art training facility located near Parmer Pond in North Austin.