Goalkeeper Brad Stuver, who has become a fan favorite in this inaugural season, acknowledged both of these stories in a heartfelt letter he wrote to fans on the club’s website.
The letter acknowledged the challenges the expansion team faced during their first campaign. Despite a few encouraging early wins, Austin have lost 11 of their last 13 games to end their hopes for a place in the Audi MLS Cup playoffs. But the direct address to the fans was a combination of acknowledging this current futility and noting the encouragement the supporters have given.
“While the results on the ground have not been where we would like them to be, we cannot express how grateful we are to know that we have your support,” Stuver wrote. “Every time we put the Austin FC crest on, we know we’re playing for all of you. We know we stand for more than the name on the back of the shirt, we are the crest on our chest. The same one as you wear on yours. “
Stuver has pledged to redouble his efforts for the remainder of the season, during which Austin will look to break out of his current status as last in the Western Conference.
“Our goal now is to push into this final round of games and show everyone what we’re capable of,” Stuver wrote. “Together we will accomplish everything we thought about. Together we can make the next nine games a true reflection not only of who we are as individuals, but more importantly, of who we are as a club. . “
This optimism was echoed in a post by the Austin FC social media team, showing head coach Josh Wolff encouraging his team to train for the remaining nine games on their 2021 schedule.