Austin FC Strengthens Goalkeeping with the Signing of Stefan Cleveland

MLS Club Announces Acquisition of Goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland for the 2025 Season, Bolstering the Position and Promising Solid Performance
Stefan Cleveland (30)  in action during the MLS game between
Stefan Cleveland (30) in action during the MLS game between / SOPA Images/GettyImages

Last Sunday, Austin FC surprised fans by announcing the signing of goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland as a free agent for the 2025 season, with the option to extend the contract to 2026. At 29 years old, Cleveland brings valuable experience, having served as the primary backup to Stefan Frei at Seattle Sounders FC from 2020 to 2023.

The decision to reinforce the goalkeeper position did not go unnoticed by analysts and Austin FC supporters. Since entering the MLS in 2017 as the Chicago Fire FC draft pick, Cleveland has accumulated four clean sheets in 29 appearances. The club, which finished last season in 12th place in the Western Conference, aims to achieve the necessary solidity for a higher standing in the competition through this signing.

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Rodolfo Borrell, sporting director of Austin FC, expressed satisfaction with Cleveland's arrival, highlighting his quality and stating that he will be a robust addition to the club's goalkeeper group. With the season set to kick off on February 24, when they face Minnesota United FC at home, the green and black fans eagerly await the positive impact that Cleveland can bring.

Brad Stuver, the starter since the expansion season in 2021, will now face competition from an experienced goalkeeper, while Damian Las, named the Best Goalkeeper of MLS NEXT Pro in 2023, completes the options on the bench. Cleveland's signing suggests an ambitious approach by Austin FC, aiming not only for defensive consistency but also for an improvement in the MLS standings.

With the community and fans eager to welcome the new addition in Austin, the expectation is that Stefan Cleveland will contribute significantly to the club's goals, strengthening not only the defense but also the identity of Austin FC in Major League Soccer.