Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is embracing his role as Austin FC’s minister of tradition.
The minority owner of the Major League Soccer enlargement workforce stated he is specializing in constructing a “legacy” that leverages the town of Austin’s tradition in order that the franchise’s “roots grow deeper, not just wider.”
“I’m not interested in just being a mascot,” McConaughey advised reporters on Tuesday over Zoom for a convention name — one week out from Austin FC’s inaugural season opener towards LAFC on April 17. The workforce’s first house recreation is June 19 on the Q2 Stadium internet hosting the San Jose Earthquakes. Austin FC was based in 2018 and would be the first top-division main skilled sports activities workforce within the Austin space.
“I’ve always dreamed of being on the ground level,” McConaughey stated. “There are shortcuts everywhere. … We’re trying to build a big strong oak (tree). This is a 100-year war. We have the long view for what we’re going to become.”
The 51-year outdated actor attended the University of Texas at Austin and stated he felt drawn to be a component of the workforce’s starting levels as a result of of how common the game of soccer might be. Combining his love of soccer along with his love of Austin makes it the proper alternative, McConaughey stated.
“(Soccer) is just a great uniter,” he stated. “Austin is a diverse city that already is a soccer town. We’re relentlessly optimistic. They’ve never had a team to root for. It’s the world’s game.”
Even although he is making an attempt to take a hands-on method along with his involvement, McConaughey stated he is aware of to go away it to the specialists. He sees his job as being a harmonizer.
“I need to be there as someone who knows Austin so that the team playing and the (city) can be mirror images of each other,” he stated. “Austin FC will be a representation of our city.”
McConaughey’s spouse, Camila Alves, is Brazilian and he stated all of the touring for his films has left an imprint on him concerning the togetherness soccer can present.
“All over the world people come together,” he stated. “That’s my favorite thing about what the soccer ball represents.”