(Los Angeles) Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey “always dreamed of being on the field and helping build a team” in sports: he got it with his debut this week in MLS for Austin, a new club with a minority. partner.
The Hollywood star said she is intent on helping the club gain a foothold in her hometown by playing the “culture minister” for the franchise, during a video conference with the press on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old insisted: “I am not interested in the role of a mascot.” “I have always studied and enjoyed the amazing teams that succeed and continue – whether it’s the All Blacks in rugby or the New England Patriots in soccer.”
Founded in 2018, Austin FC will make its home debut on June 19 at the newly constructed 20,500-seat Q2 Stadium. The club has already sold all of its subscriptions, i.e. 15,500 during the season, and another 15,000 orders are in the waiting list.
According to McConaughey, this interest reflects a deep passion for soccer in the fastest-growing Texas city in the United States, according to census figures released in March of last year.
“Austin was really a football city before Austin FC,” he said. “It’s a very diverse and prosperous city. We have 150 people moving here every day. Football is a global sport and we have people from all over the world in our city who didn’t have a team to support them. It was time.”
“What success can we achieve in the first year?” He said, “We will see.” “But we didn’t build Austin Club in one day, and we’re not going to be a fad. The seed sowed, we want to be a big and strong oak tree. Ready for a 100-year war. We have a long-term vision. ”
McConaughey refuses to compare the successes, and the achievement he has already experienced as an actor, with those he hopes to try out in sports.
“Let me blood, sweat and tears first. Let me spend several seasons. Live defeats and victories. Rises. Low. Then come to the end and lift the trophy. Then I can tell you how I feel.”