MLS wants a downtown location. Austin does not have any land available downtown. What little room they do have left is going to offices, hotels, parking garages, and banks. Austin is extremely business friendly, but violently anti-sports, especially if they have to foot the bill. If MLS wants a team in Austin, its gonna have to go to the Mopac/Domain/Round Rock area, which is in the far north of the city where it looks like Amazon HQ2 is gonna end up (and again a spitting image of San Antonios situation where it is not downtown, but a city main artery). I understand the appeal of Austin, lord knows theres a ton of MLS fans there right now, but the local government is going to slaughter it I am extremely confident this is dead on arrival, and if MLS does do this, it is going to be extremely embarrassing having to move this team again to say, San Antonio, who will be happy to give MLS an out from their embarrassing situation. If they go through with this, what is going to happen is Crew moves to Austin, it gets hung up at local government for eternity a-la New England Revs (who in my book SHOULD be the ones moving), and MLS is going to cut the chord because its not a sacred cow like NYCFC, and San Antonio will be waiting in the wings to spare MLS complete embarrassment, and at least keep the team in the area (but not before going through a local government gauntlet on their own, which MLS will have lost a great deal of leverage and will have to work with the city of San Antonio itself to accomodate the team).