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Austin FC sign midfielder Tomas Pochettino of Argentina

Sep 9, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; A few of the Austin Anthem members pose for the ground breaking ceremonies at McKalla Place. Mandatory Credit: John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; A few of the Austin Anthem members pose for the ground breaking ceremonies at McKalla Place. Mandatory Credit: John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Austin FC signed midfielder Tomas Pochettino of Argentina as the club’s second Designated Player, the expansion team announced Thursday.

Pochettino, 25, has been with Argentina’s Atletico Talleres since 2018, registering seven goals and 10 assists in 62 matches.

“We are excited that he has chosen Austin as the next step in his career progression,” Austin sporting director Claudio Reyna said in a release. “Tomas will be an extremely important player for Austin FC, and he will contribute significantly to the development of our attack as a creative threat. I know how excited Tomas is to arrive in Austin, and our club is looking forward to seeing his creativity translate well in MLS.”

Pochettino came up through the prestigious Boca Juniors academy, making his professional debut with that club in 2015.

“I am very happy and excited to wear Austin FC’s jersey this season and be part of their inaugural campaign in MLS, a league that has shown continuous growth throughout the years,” Pochettino said in a release. “I look forward to doing my best on the field and repaying all the trust the club has put in me.”

He is the club’s second Designated Player, following the August signing of forward Cecilio Dominguez of Paraguay.

–Field Level Media