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.
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.
Our city values giving back. As the organization representing the fans of our team, we value being a part of the community as much as we do being a part of game day.
We have, as a goal, to work with local organizations to rally our members to volunteer on projects and will be working to donate a percentage of every members dues back to causes that support the quality of life in Austin.
If you are a nonprofit organization that would like to partner with us for volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us today!
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 as unpaid volunteers.
If you are interested in joining the organizational team or being a member of a committee:
With 24 years in the tech industry, Andrew has worked with the nonprofit sector for 17+ 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.
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 fiance, dog, and working in the tech industry.
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 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 the future Major League Soccer club of Austin, Texas. 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.
Kollin is an Austin native with an affinity for soccer. Working as an engineer for a tech company he always has a pulse on the local tech scene. No longer playing soccer himself, he is a member of multiple soccer related supporters groups around Austin and has multiple matches in England, Spain, and Germany.
Brock spent his early years in the west Texas town of Abilene. He grew up spending most of his childhood weekends making the multiple hour drive to Dallas to participate in higher levels of youth soccer. He went on to play through college and move on to coaching the college game as well. Brock currently lives in Austin with his wife, 2 kids and his German Wirehaired Pointer, Riley. For the past 7 years he has worked with several small business marketing companies. If he isn’t watching an MCFC or Fiorentina game, he is most likely outdoors in some capacity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A dedicated player and fan, Jackson has been following the beautiful game since 1999. He has coached two undefeated parochial school champs, designed and administered soccer camps from Austin to Mexico, holds a U.S. Soccer National D coaching license, is co-host of the ”Austin Anthem" podcast, Executive Captain for ATX United FC, a Division Commissioner for the Austin Men's Soccer Association, Member of AO Austin, and Austin Reds SG.
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.
Lover of the beautiful game, Ryan is a fanatic of the French National team and PSG. He works across numerous industries in the city of Austin and is working to engage ATX businesses with the soccer loving community to strengthen Austin Anthem.
Responsible for all marketing, social communications and brand strategy for Manchester United in the United States. Namely, the provision of brand, design and marketing leadership to all internal stakeholders and being brand guardian of the Club's output to provide a coherent, consistent experience for supporters in America.
A hands-on marketer and life-long United supporter, the "Hat & Soccer Guy" also works alongside global brands on how to leverage "The Beautiful Game" within their marketing strategies over the course of his parallel eighteen-year media and technology professional career and is occasionally seen pitch-side donning the infamous mascot Fred The Red costume.
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.
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. He has been playing for a league since their move four years ago. An avid lover of the game, Traci is happy to support her husband and founder of MLS in Austin 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.
Josh has been heavily involved with promoting and helping to grow and support the local Austin soccer community for over 6 years. He held various leadership roles with the local American Outlaws Austin Chapter and has consulted for soccer ownership groups and interests. Josh saw the potential of an MLS team in the Austin Market, leading to the founding of MLS in Austin (now Austin Anthem) in 2013.
He also helps coach his kid's soccer team and has spent over 20 years in the technology and media industries.