Chris Bils, Austin American-Statesman

Chris Bils

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Danny Hoesen, Joe Corona highlight Austin FC expansion draft additions

Hoesen, Corona highlight Austin FC expansion draft → Read More

Austin FC acquire 2021 squad members on first day of trading

Austin FC acquire 2021 squad members on first day of trading → Read More

Bright verde and black: Austin FC unveils first-ever jersey

It was almost exactly a year ago when Austin FC majority owner Anthony Precourt and president Andy Loughnane huddled around a box. Inside was the first → Read More

MLS expansion draft highlights busy December for Austin FC

Decisions made in December will go a long way toward determining the on-field fate of Austin FC in 2021.On Thursday, Major League Soccer revealed several → Read More

Soccer notebook: Will Austin FC stadium deliver on promise to feel like home?

There’s something about this place that feels familiar. Maybe it’s the other soccer stadiums I’ve been to, particularly Children’s → Read More

Brooks goal powers Texas to 1-0 win over Baylor on senior night

With her blazing speed and powerful right foot, you’d have a hard time convincing anyone who saw Cameron Brooks score the winning goal in a 1-0 over Baylor on Friday night that she was anything other than a forward. Until about a year ago, she said, she never played the position. “I was originally a … → Read More

Soccer notebook: Grass, seats have McKalla Place looking verde

Almost daily, Austin FC president makes his way to the third floor of the north building of the stadium still under construction at McKalla Place. → Read More

Austin FC adds Netspend as jersey sleeve partner

When Austin FC takes the pitch next spring, its players will be wearing an Austin success story on their sleeve.On Thursday, Netspend became the third → Read More

On her debut, Texas forward Presley Echols sinks Oklahoma

A rivalry that already had a special place in the Echols house now means even more, after Texas freshman Presley Echols scored her first career goal to beat Oklahoma 1-0 on Friday. After sitting out the first two matches of the season, the 18-year-old from Highland Park made her debut in style, breaking the Longhorns’ … → Read More

ESPN’s Adrian Healey tabbed to be voice of Austin FC

Long before he became a fixture of soccer on TV in the U.S., Adrian Healey visited Austin as a Boston-area alternative rock radio DJ in 1994. His memories → Read More

Late strike hands Texas 1-0 loss to Kansas in soccer opener

In a conference-only schedule, every result will take on added significance for Texas soccer this fall. In the season opener on Friday, Kansas scored a late goal to steal a 1-0 road win at Myers Stadium. Ceri Holland struck via a counter attack in the 81st minute, cutting inside from the left wing and beating … → Read More

Soccer notebook: Austin FC season tickets almost sold out

Austin FC general season tickets were the last to go on sale, in late July. They’re already gone, team president Andy Loughnane confirmed to the American-Statesman on Tuesday. Some seats in the supporters section are all that are left at the end of a 14-month process that shattered expectations at every turn.Around 25% of the 20,500-seat stadium will still be unclaimed, and those seats will be… → Read More

MLS celebrates 25 years with the help of Matthew McConaughey

On Monday morning, Major League Soccer got a jolt of mainstream relevancy that the league has rarely enjoyed during its first 25 years.It is possible that → Read More

‘It’s a brother thing’: A coincidental tribute for Guadarrama in Austin Bold return

On Friday, everything came up 33 for Sonny G. A 3-1 loss to OKC Energy FC put a damper on Austin Bold FC’s return to action, but Sonny Guadarrama → Read More

Soccer is coming back, but some Austin Bold players are sitting this one out

Kris Tyrpak calls it the easiest, most difficult decision he has made in his 28 years.The Dripping Springs native will not play Friday for Austin Bold FC, → Read More

Reimagined Austin FC stadium end includes beer hall, opportunity for expansion

Austin FC is trading office space for beer. Soccer fans nod in approval.A reimagined north end of the stadium, revealed by the club on Tuesday morning, → Read More

Soccer notebook: For supporters, the price for Austin FC tickets is alright, alright, alright

Sarah Beauchamp has been a soccer fan as long as she can remember, introduced to the game by a father who picked up the sport in the 1970s at Irving MacArthur High School and still laces up his boots despite qualifying for Social Security.So she was thrilled on Tuesday when she received the email she’s been eagerly awaiting since 2017. It’s time for her family to buy season tickets for Austin… → Read More

UWS National Cup canceled amid COVID-19 surge

The UWS National Cup, a pro-am women’s soccer championship that was scheduled to take place next month in Round Rock, has been called off due to the → Read More

Soccer notebook: Austin FC speaks out. What’s next?

Listen. Then act.The message has spread far and wide, on social media and on the streets. The death of George Floyd was only the latest example of injustice, but it has sparked a change in the conversation around the fight for racial equality.On Thursday, Austin FC put its own message into the world, via its social media platforms.“We are a young club, and we feel it is important to take time… → Read More

Austin and Armstrong: City takes role in new ESPN documentary, ‘Lance’

"You can go faster."Lance Armstrong is talking to his teenage daughter Grace, who is driving a speedboat on Lake Austin. He peers ahead, before → Read More