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Soccer team hymnal (don’t ask) evokes City Council vote

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

The announcement this week that Austin would receive a new Major League Soccer franchise came with plenty of pomp and fanfare, including the unveiling of the official team hymnal (which is apparently a thing in soccer?) for the Austin Anthem fan group. The third stanza/section of the hymnal is titled “Seven-Four” in a not-at-all veiled reference to the 7-4 City Council vote that approved the land deal for city property that will be used to build the team’s stadium after months of heated and frothy debate. It reads: “7-Fooour, 7-Fooour/It’s not the score, it was the vote/That got us all our brand-new home.” Worth noting that Austin Anthem isn’t directly tied to the team’s Precourt Sports Ventures management group so the hymnal’s content isn’t its direct creation, but you’ve gotta wonder how smart it is for any soccer-related entity to poke a group of elected leaders on a contentious issue when the stadium still has to go through planning approvals and possible variances that would require Council approval.

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