Austin FC announced Claudio Reyna as the club’s first sporting director.

Reyna comes to Austin from NYCFC, where he was the team’s first employee in 2013.

“I am excited to proudly join the ongoing community engagement efforts that Austin FC has implemented well with the passionate followers of our sport in Austin, and there is a large part of me that is looking forward to working directly with Austin’s impressive Hispanic and Latino communities, particularly as my Latino heritage is an important part of my life story,” said Reyna in a statement.

Austin will join MLS during the 2021 season.