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Austin signs another goaltender and changes coaches as 2023 season approaches

Austin (KXAN) — This week, Austin Football Club announced a new signing and some personnel changes ahead of the 2023 season.

The club added depth to their goalkeeper by signing free agent Matt Bersano. Bersano, a native of Chandler, Arizona, has spent the last five seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes. He spent his first three seasons with the Quakes on loan at USL Championship Division Reno 1868, recording 20 clean sheets in 57 games. The Austin signed him to a two-year contract with the club’s option for a third year.

“Playing at the Q2 stadium as a guest, I saw firsthand how incredible the energy and atmosphere is on matchdays and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Bersano. Austin is an ambitious club with a great future and I will do everything in my power, both on and off the field, to help the club continue to grow for the third year.”

Bersano played college football for the University of Oregon from 2011 to 2014 and for Pennsylvania State in 2015. He joins starting goaltender Brad Stuver and backup Damian Las on the roster. Andrew Tarbell, who spent the past two seasons as Stuever’s understudy, signed a free agent contract with the Houston Dynamo in November.

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The club made several coaching moves. same. Nolan Sheldon, assistant coach since the team’s inaugural season in 2021, is now the team’s technical advisor. With the addition of Austin FC II, the organization’s development team that will play MLS NEXT Pro and bridge the gap between first team and academy, Sheldon’s new job will be to “work with the club’s first team, second team and academy to ensure consistency philosophy and methodology of players and coaches,” the club said.

When Sheldon moved into a new role, the Austin Football Club hired Terry Boss as an assistant coach to the first team. Boss previously coached at Oregon State University from 2018 to 2021, where he led the Beavers to two NCAA Tournament appearances. He was an assistant to the Beavers in 2013 and coached Bersano, and during his tenure as head coach of Corvallis coached Austin midfielder Sofian Jeffal.

The 2023 season at Austin kicks off on February 25 at Q2 Stadium against 2023 expansion team St. Louis City.

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