USL owner Bobby Epstein says Austin has a “stadium problem”

While the pulse of MLS has quickened, there’s barely a heartbeat for pro soccer in Austin. The financially troubled Aztex, who suspended operations for the 2016 United Soccer League season while they sought a stadium solution, still don’t have any concrete answers.

Majority investor Bobby Epstein told the American-Statesman in a brief statement Friday that he had no updates or information to share and repeated his “no stadium, no team” mantra. “Austin needs a stadium,” he said.

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Austin blogger Josh Babetski says that MLS contracts Barrett to survey demand for MLS in Austin

In December, members of the Austin soccer community received an email invitation from Major League Soccer. In it, they disclosed that they hired the Barrett Sports Group to conduct a survey as one part of a larger evaluation of Austin as a market for an MLS team.

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Barrett Sports Group, LLC has been hired by Major League Soccer to evaluate the market demand and financial feasibility of the Austin, Texas market to serve as the home of an MLS team.

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