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Hunter and Chloe Are Here to Listen
Hunter and Chloe Are Here to Listen

The People of Austin Anthem

Our mission as a group is to unite as one in support of our city and club. With this aim in mind, we hope to create opportunities for connection and growth based on common interests and familiar locations.

Regional Chapters
Supporters in different geographic areas beyond Austin.
Special Interests
Collections of supporters rallied around specific causes, demographics, and passions.


Regional Chapters

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Austin Anthem: New Braunfels Chapter - Chapter 1

Established: May 9, 2019. New Braunfels, Texas, USA

Founded in 2019 as our first chapter, Anthem New Braunfels happily joins Austin Anthem to support Austin FC. The chapter is an eclectic and diverse bunch of soccer fans from all over the world who call New Braunfels home and have a love for the sport.

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Austin Anthem: Longhorn Chapter - Chapter 2

Established: November 15, 2019. The University of Texas, USA

Longhorn Anthem is a community of Austin FC supporters comprised of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Texas. We are committed to growing the love for this game on campus.



Special Interests

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Accessibility

Austin Anthem aims to support all members in an inclusive manner. We open our arms to adults and children with special needs, people with disabilities, and families who need extra support to celebrate Austin FC with us. Together, we strive to provide an accessible environment where all are welcome to join our vibrant soccer community.

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Families

Love for “the beautiful game” spans generations, and Austin Anthem is committed to creating space and opportunities for families to support our city and club together. From family-friendly events and meetups to a safe and inviting match-day experience, Austin Anthem aims to be a place where families of all kinds are welcome.

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Women's Engagement

The Lady Birds of Austin Anthem are a place where all women can land. Single, married, with kids, no-kids, young, less young, all are welcome! We invite you to join the Lady Birds in growing the ranks of female members of Austin Anthem, socializing with women in the supporters group, and supporting Austin FC.

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Latinx

The Latinx group aims to incorporate all Hispanics and Spanish-speakers, regardless of national origin, to join other fans and cheer as one voice. We welcome “aficionados” of any Mexican, Central American, South American and Spanish teams to join with fellow Austinites and help us create a unique fanbase for Austin FC, bringing the diversity and culture prevalent - and celebrated - in Latin America.

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LGBTQQ

While the soccer community in the US is more welcoming that most, there’s still plenty of room to improve. Austin Anthem pledges to create a safe environment for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation or otherwise. Join us in an inclusive, supportive space in the community and in the stands.

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Philanthropy & Community

Often, we hear soccer fans talk about the global game bringing people together. More than any other sport, soccer creates community and joins people from all walks of life. No matter where you came from, or what your background is, soccer provides a common experience and shared passion for all.

At Austin Anthem, it’s one of the things that excites us most about our own Major League Soccer franchise. Together, we can build a community that’s greater than just a group of people who have fun cheering on our team for ninety minutes on game days. We believe that we can make a better Austin through the power of soccer.

To date, Austin Anthem has engaged with the following community groups:

  • Austin Parks Foundation
  • Austin Soccer Foundation
  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • Latinitas
  • Soccer Assist
  • Special Olympics
  • Westlake TOPS Soccer

If you have a cause that you think is a good fit for Austin Anthem and our philanthropic efforts, contact philanthropy@austinanthem.org and let us know what you have in mind.

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Zanate Musical Collective

The Band / La Murga of Austin Anthem

La Murga of Austin Anthem is where Austin’s musical love meets the beautiful game - all in support of Austin FC. Whether you’re an experienced musician or new to it all, members should be ready to learn and teach others. Share your music ideas and culture as we provide the voice, song, and passion of Austin Anthem.

Organizational Team

The Austin Anthem Supporters Group is overseen by an Organizational Team, who fulfill the roles as board members and officers of a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All roles are unpaid volunteers.

If you are interested in joining the organizational team or being a member of an interest group, please contact us for more information.

Marketing and Communications

Vice President: Marketing and Communications
Jeremiah Bentley
Director: Art and Brand
Ryan Riggins
Director: Philanthropy
Andrew Urban
Director: Photography & Videography
Alex Rubio
Director: Social, Newsletters, & Web
Tony Cardone

Matchday Experiences

Vice President: Matchday
Shane Castella
Director: Pre/Post-Match Activities
Mike Torres
Director: Capos
Jay Torres
Director: Murga Operations
Mateo Clarke
Co-Director: Music (Brass)
Jay Mendoza
Co-Director: Music (Percussion)
Kurt Lammers
Director: TIFO
Rigo Rodriguez Lira

Partnerships

Vice President: Partnerships
Ryan Vautherot
Director: Club & League
Josh Babetski

Member Support and Growth

Vice President: Member Support and Growth
Derek Ensign
Director: Accessibility
Chloe Hanson
Director: Families
Sarah Beauchamp
Director: Latinx
Jorge Chavez
Director: LGBTQQ
Christine Hanley
Director: Women's Engagement
Natalie Czimskey

Operations

Vice President: Operations & Events
Dan Conrad
Director: Events
Gabriel Mendoza
Director: Finance and Legal
Andrew Urban
Co-Director: Merchandise
Christine Hanley
Co-Director: Merchandise
Rigo Rodriguez Lira
Director: Operations
Michelle Frasch
Director: Travel
Hunter Hanson

Officers

Treasurer
Dallas Teston
Secretary
Traci Babetski
Vice President
Andrew Urban
President / Founder
Josh Babetski

Josh is heavily involved with promoting and helping to grow and support the local Austin soccer community. Josh saw the potential of an MLS team in the Austin Market, leading to the founding of MLS in Austin in 2013. He has also held various leadership roles with the local American Outlaws Austin Chapter and has consulted for soccer ownership groups and interests.

Outside of soccer, Josh has spent over 20 years in the technology and immersive media industries.

You will find Traci on the sidelines, cheering on her son and husband. Nearly born in a soccer stadium, her son has been kicking a ball since he could walk. An avid lover of the game, Traci is happy to support her husband in his pursuit to bring MLS to the Live Music Capitol. A business developer by trade, she steps in wherever the team needs her and is happy to lend a girls perspective.

Played soccer since the age of seven. Went on to play college soccer at Texas A&M Commerce, was ranked 6th in the nation for shut-outs as a goalkeeper. Has coached with Georgetown Force and Lonestar. Teaches Theatre Arts at Liberty Hill Junior High. Has two children: Ella, age eight, plays for Lonestar, and Wyatt, age two (hopeful ballboy to Austin FC. Fingers crossed).

Born and raised in rural north Texas, Jeremiah moved to Austin to go to college and fell in love with the city and everything it has to offer. He’s enjoyed the growth of Austin over that time, including the addition of our first pro sports franchise. He’s active in community and business circles. He lives in northwest Austin with his wife and two young sons, and is a passionate supporter of Liverpool FC.

As the oldest of six kids growing up in the other belligerent in the Great Breakfast Taco War, San Antonio, Tony thought he would be different and play soccer, only to be quickly surpassed by each of his younger siblings at the sport. He maintains clear dominance over his younger, and more athletic brothers and sisters via FIFA and paying for the family Netflix account.

Other than soccer, he maintains a consistently high level of stress rooting for Liverpool FC, the San Antonio Spurs, and his alma mater, Texas Tech University.

Tony, like so few in Austin, is a professional software developer.

Born in New York City and raised in East Texas, Shane is an ardent supporter of U.S. Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, and (especially) FC Barcelona.

Outside of his love for all things soccer, he has spent over a decade working in the tech industry and enjoys traveling, playing music, cooking, local community activism, and spending time with his wife and son.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Jorge is a supporter of US national teams since the men’s team qualified to the 1990 World Cup and the women won the 1991 FIFA World Championship. He is a general fan of any soccer game on TV or live streaming, but mostly follows Chivas, Seattle Sounders, & LA Galaxy (until recently). He is also a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, inheriting that from his older brothers and sisters (he cried after “The Catch” in 1981). Jorge has worked as a civil engineering designer for the last 20 years, and along with his wife has made Austin home since 2005.

Mateo is a life-long futbol fan. As a native Texan, Mateo's first experience with supporters culture was provided by crazy Argentinos standing on their chairs obstructing his view of a match at the 1994 World Cup in Dallas. From the first Dallas Burn game and through high school, he's been a soccer player and MLS fan. After high school, Mateo lived in Brazil and Chile and became immersed in the South American game. He has traveled to Mexico and MLS stadiums across the North America seeking opportunities to experience the passion of supporters culture.

Mateo is a musician, having played fiddle in various folk, bluegrass, country, conjunto, and cumbia outfits in Austin. He is a civil servant passionate about the incremental improvement of our city.

Dan is originally from Columbus, and a graduate of the Ohio State University. He has been a player and fan of the beautiful game since 1986, played collegiately, coached high school men's teams, and managed/played for the Celtic Cowboys in the Austin Men's Soccer Association. Outside of supporting Austin FC, Dan is a general sports fanatic watching the Buckeyes, Browns, Celtics, Red Sox, and Manchester United.

He also spends his time with his wife, dogs, and working in the tech industry.

Natalie grew up playing club and school soccer in DFW. She channels her life-long love of the sport as Director of Women's Engagement and Member Support. Natalie is passionate about soccer and soccer-fandom being inclusive and accessible for everyone. When Natalie moved to Austin for college she never left... school or Austin. When she isn't supporting Austin FC, she is in the classroom or lab teaching students at the University of Texas.

Derek's love for soccer was sparked by grueling battles of FIFA ‘99 with his older brother, and exploded with the 2006 World Cup. His interests outside of sports include food, beer, coffee, travel, and music, which are all thematically linked to community and connection with people and a place. Derek is passionate about facilitating the growth of soccer in our city to connect Austinites to each other and to other people around the world.

Michelle was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Burnt orange runs through her veins. When she’s not rooting for the Longhorns, you can find her behind the Houston Dash player’s bench, usually yelling at the coach (She gets really fired up about women’s soccer). Having an MLS team in Austin is something she’s always envisioned and now she can’t wait for 2021 to kickoff. When she isn’t watching soccer, her four dogs keep her busy.

Christine spent her early days in Tampa, Florida. Her love for soccer was discovered at the age of 10 when she attended her very first Tampa Bay Mutiny game. The team folded in 2002 but many years later (after college and after multiple work relocations), her love for soccer was reignited the year she moved to Cincinnati. Seeing a team grow from the ground up was something really special. Now that she’s been in Austin for 3 years and has found her forever home, she gets to see the magic unfold all over again with Austin FC.

When she’s not working, she’s rooting for the Houston Dash and Manchester City. She has super cute dogs too.

Chloe comes from a background of many sports, but has just recently embraced the amazing world of soccer. She moved to Austin in 2016 and has established deep roots ever since. She owns a local business serving the special needs community and has spent most of her career implementing inclusion in different settings. Chloe and her husband, Hunter, live only a couple of miles from McKalla Place, home to the Austin FC stadium, and are excited about facilitating the growth and passion of soccer in Austin.

Hunter grew up in rural Deep East Texas in the Corn Dog Capital (Hughes Springs, TX), and has called the Live Music Capital home since 2017. He is a graduate of LeTourneau University and works as a civil engineer, designing water systems and other municipal infrastructure across Texas. Hunter is a lifelong sports fan (mostly Houston Astros & Texans, and UT 'T-shirt fan') and can often be found laughing too hard at old Vine references or dancing sporadically for no apparent reason.

Kurt is the percussion captain in the Zanate Musical Collective. Starting his love for music at a young age, Kurt followed his dream to the University of Arkansas drumline then eventually to Austin. Now as a full time musician, when he’s not performing with the ZMC, he’s performing percussion or keyboards with other bands around Texas and the US.

Gabriel is originally from Miami, Fl and is a passionate supporter of Austin FC, U.S Soccer, the French National Team, Barca, and PSG. His love for "The Beautiful Game" began to grow after watching Zidane play in the 2006 World Cup. Gabriel is a veteran of the United States Air Force and he managed his own boutique marketing consulting firm for many years before joining a digital marketing firm that is headquartered in Paris, France and has offices in the U.S, including one in Downtown Austin. He lives in Leander with his wife Séverine and his toddler son Hadrien; both have dual American and French citizenship.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX as a Mavs/Rangers/Stars/Cowboys fan, Jay didn't catch the soccer bug until 2012, when he spent half a year living in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. Living in an expat community full of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish football fans led to lots of time spent in pubs watching football.

A vacation to Germany during the 2014 World Cup sealed the deal, with watching games on the streets of Berlin that summer being among his favorite soccer memories.

A casual Liverpool and Tigres fan, Jay lives and breathes Austin FC daily as one of the driving musical forces behind Zanate Musical Collective, la Murga del Himno de Austin.

Originally a saxophone player, Jay is a self-taught brass player, having played mellophone in college marching band (Texas State & UT-Arlington), and baritone from 2003 to 2005 with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois, winning the Drum Corps International World Championship in 2004, and becoming the first DCI Individual & Ensemble Saxophone Champion in 2005.

A language and travel nerd, he spends his workdays as a web developer, helping to tell the stories of mission-based organizations.

As Director of Art & Branding, Ryan oversees the visual direction of the Supporters Group. Former player, lifetime fan. Loyal supporter of U.S. Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur FC, and Austin FC. Member of the American Outlaws Austin Chapter since 2015.

In addition to his love of the beautiful game, Ryan is a husband and father. Professionally, he is a photographer and designer serving as Associate Art Director at an Austin-based communications company.

Rigoberto Rodriguez Lira, or Rigo for simplicity, was born in Reynosa Tamaulipas, Mexico and lived there for the first 5 years of his life before making a 10 minute drive transition to the near border towns of Mcallen and Mission, TX for the next 17 years. Futbol and passion have been part of his life since he can remember, both protecting the goal from adversaries and as an avid fan of Mexico’s Tigres UANL, whom he learned to love from his mother a graduate of UANL. In 2012, he made the big move to Austin, Texas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. The love for the sport led him to the opportunity of being in a soccer related field where he could enjoy the beautiful game as the Austin Area Regional Manager of The Soccer Corner Austin. In his free time you can find him traveling to a soccer match, learning about soccer cultures, buying art or listening to records with his two dachdaughters Lola and Miso (weiner dog daughthers).

Born in Torreon, Mexico and raised throughout northern Mexico and Texas, Alex settled in central Texas for the last 25+ years. He’s an avid fan of Santos Laguna, Mexico’s national team, Tottenham Hot Spurs and the soon to be Austin FC. His passion for photography started when his first daughter was born 13 years ago was able to parlay his passion into a profession on nights & weekends. Never one to stop, he also balances full time work at a local tech company, “honey do” lists from his wife and shuttle or ATM requests from 5 daughters.

Dallas is a born and raised Austinite. After leaving Texas to attend North Carolina State University, he returned to begin a career in finance. Drawn in by the 2014 World Cup, Dallas is part of the continued growth of soccer fans in the US, and is excited to see his once small town grow into a big city with a potential MLS franchise.

Dallas also enjoys raising his young son, attending concerts, Houston Astros baseball, and jokes about his name.

Born in South Texas, Jay’s love for soccer or futbol started at young age. A fan of the Mexican National team (El Tri) and Chelsea FC, Jay has coached Austin-area youth soccer for 10 years and has passed his love of the sport onto his two sons who play year round. Jay is also a big fan of the Houston Astros and the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. When he’s not promoting the sport, Jay works as a support analyst for a large tech company.

Born in Austin but raised in Brownsville Tx. Mike's love for soccer came from being a fan of the Mexican National Team (El Tri) and playing EA sports FIFA games. Mike currently lives in Austin with his wife & daughter and when he is not watching every sport on TV or online all the live long day, he is slowly becoming a craft beer snob. For the past 13 plus years Mike has worked in the manufacturing world and currently employed by a gaming company in North Austin.

With 26 years in the tech industry, Andrew has worked with the nonprofit sector for 19+ years. He's passionate in how tech can amplify impact to causes. Author of the ‘The Nonprofit Buyer' (2010), and active in the Austin community with board member stints at River City Youth Foundation, the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center, and St Matthew's Day School. He has played and coached soccer locally since the mid-1980's, is a member of AO Austin and Austin Spurs.

Ryan works with local Austin businesses to sponsor all aspects of Austin FC's SG the one and only Austin Anthem. Ryan is a fanatic of the French National team and PSG. Ryan attended an Equipe de France 2018 World Cup qualifier match at the Stade de France, witnessing the soon to be World Champion Les Bleus top Sweden 2-1.

Code of Conduct

" Austin Anthem represents our club and our city by reflecting and embodying the qualities that make Austin the place we love and call home. Austin Anthem seeks to create a game day experience that is welcoming for all. "

This is the introduction to the Austin Anthem Code of Conduct. It's a set of common guidelines for all members. Please become familiar with it. Feedback or suggestions? Let us know.

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MLS in Austin

Our Supporters Group was founded on December 7th, 2013 as a grassroots, community movement to promote Austin as a viable market for a Major League Soccer franchise and to attract the support from fans, city officials, an ownership group, and the league. We became the local destination for MLS expansion/relocation news, updates, rumors, and analysis. We are the first and only MLS supporters group in Austin.

In October of 2017, Precourt Sports Ventures announced it was looking to bring a franchise to Austin in 2019. We worked tirelessly with soccer supporters from around the Austin area and with PSV to make a strong case for support to city and community leaders, the local media and others to show how Austin could support a pro soccer franchise. Our members attended countless community meetings, supporter rallies, and City Council meetings to show support for the cause.


Austin Anthem

In September of 2018, with our “MLS in Austin” mission achieved, we rebranded as Austin Anthem - with a continued shift of focus toward growing our group and supporter culture, as well as community engagement and philanthropy.

We hope you will join us and help rally and recruit supporters from all over Austin's soccer community, as well as new fans to cheer with us into the future.

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