MLS confirms Austin FC as 27th team

first_imgMajor League Soccer has announced Austin FC as its 27th team, with the club set to begin play in 2021.The expansion team was confirmed at an event in Austin on Tuesday, with former Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt set to take charge of the Texas-based franchise. Precourt originally tried to move the Crew to Austin but after months of fan protests, he sold the team to new ownership who will keep the club in Ohio.  Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Instead, Precourt will be at the helm of the league’s 27th team, as expansion continues apace in the North American top division. FC Cincinnati will join the league in 2019 as its 24th franchise, followed by teams in Nashville and Miami that are expected to enter in 2020. Austin FC will be the first major professional sports franchise in the Texas capital. “We are extremely proud to be the first major professional sports league to become part of the fabric of this important and thriving American city,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league release. “In their support of a world-class soccer stadium that benefits the entire community, the leadership of the city of Austin has shown tremendous faith in our league and the sport of soccer in North America.”Groundbreaking for a new stadium in Austin will take place later this year and the venue is set to open with Austin FC’s first home game in the spring of 2021.“This is a historic day for Austin, as MLS becomes the first major league to plant roots in our beautiful city,” Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin said“We believe professional soccer will bring a great and especially needed benefit to our city. In two years, this team and an elite soccer stadium will bring together all kinds of people from all over Austin in a way that we do not gather today.”Precourt was also pleased with the outcome and promised to build a contender in central Texas.  “This is a very proud moment, and we are so happy to share it with the people of Austin, City leadership, the dedicated soccer fans of the region, and everyone who believed in our mission to bring Major League Soccer to this incredible community,” said Precourt.“The greatest way we can show our gratitude is in our actions as leaders of Austin FC. Our intent is to build a team that will be a perennial contender for MLS Cup, to build a stadium at McKalla Place that rivals the best sporting venues in North America, and to cultivate a club culture that brings people together and always give back.”last_img read more

BBC defends decision to air how to decorate your breasts with glitter

first_imgThe BBC has defended its decision to create a video tutorial on how women can decorate their breasts with glitter.A clip showing a woman spray-painting her body and applying jewelled stickers over her nipples was uploaded by BBC Scotland’s The Social, showing women how to get the look that has been spotted at festivals including Glastonbury this summer. Festivalgoer Will Hagerty with a glitter-decorated beard at Glastonbury Festival “In this case the content was all produced by young women and aimed at their peers.”The overwhelming response from the 160,000 who viewed it was very positive.”One Facebook user commented on the video: “Complained about this last week, got told to expect more of the same so unfollowed after seeing this again today. What a shame as your other content is good but I think you need to have a think about what messages your sending out with this content.”  But critics of the content labelled it inappropriate in the comments section of the video.A BBC spokesman responded: “The Social has a specific remit to create content aimed at 18 to 34 year olds and the topics covered are led by our audience. A woman at Glastonbury who decorated her breasts with glitter and paint Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img A woman at Glastonbury who decorated her breasts with glitter and paintCredit: Julie Edwards/Avalon Someone else added: “Licence fee refund please!”But not everyone was offended by the tutorial.One person wrote: “Great for festivals. Love it well done you girl… can’t see what all the fuss is about no nipples showing.. guess some don’t understand it’s just art.”Another added: “I honestly can’t believe the negativity towards this woman. Glitter boobs? How could you be offended by that. I love it. In a world gone PC mad it’s refreshing. Irrelevant if she’s had a boob job or not. She’s beautiful and fun.” Festivalgoer Will Hagerty with a glitter-decorated beard at Glastonbury FestivalCredit: Yui Mok/PA Wire Another wrote: “Just because her nipples are covered, doesn’t make it burlesque. This really strikes me as inappropriate content.”last_img read more