Austin FC announced today the Club agreed to a new multi-year contract with defender Julio Cascante. Cascante’s new deal includes three (3) guaranteed years through the end of the 2025 season, with an option for the 2026 season.
“I’m very happy to commit to Austin FC for the next few seasons,” said Cascante. “This Club and community have made me and my family feel at home since the beginning, and I’m excited to stay here and be part of the team as we continue to work toward our goal of lifting trophies.”
Cascante, 29, joined Austin FC ahead of the Club’s inaugural season in 2021. He has since made 67 MLS appearances for Austin across the MLS regular season and playoffs, contributing five (5) goals and six (6) assists. His seven (7) goal contributions in the 2022 season were tied for the most among all MLS center backs.
“Julio has been a consistent and solid presence on our backline since our first match back in 2021, and is a player with quality both in and out of possession,” said Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff. “We’re thrilled that he’s decided to sign a new contract with Austin FC and look forward to more great years together.”
In 2022, Cascante’s average of 55.1 touches per game was the most of any Austin FC player. He also ranked second on the team in accurate long balls (157), second in duels (277), and third in tackles won (22).
“We’re pleased that Julio has agreed to remain with Austin for the foreseeable future and wish to congratulate him and his family,” said Austin FC Interim Sporting Director Sean Rubio. “He’s an important player who is well-respected by everyone at the Club, and he’ll continue to be a valuable presence for us on the field and in the locker room.”
Before joining Austin FC, Cascante spent three (3) seasons with Portland Timbers. He played in the Primera División in his native Costa Rica from 2011 to 2018, including stints with Saprissa, C.F. Universidad de Costa Rica, and Orión FC.
Transaction: Austin FC agrees to a new multi-year contract with defender Julio Cascante. Cascante has signed with the Club for three (3) guaranteed years through the end of the 2025 season, with an option for 2026.