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Columbus city leaders to meet with Crew SC owner, MLS commissioner next week

News broke last month that the owner of the Columbus Crew, Anthony Precourt, is looking to move the team - possibly to Austin, Texas.
Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Photo Date: 7/26/15 (Columbus Crew SC / Facebook)

Alex Fischer of Columbus Partnership told 10TV the meeting between him, the owner of Columbus Crew SC Anthony Precourt, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and the mayor of Columbus Andrew Ginther will take place later this month.

Fischer said the meeting to discuss the future of Crew SC will take place in New York Nov. 15.

News broke last month that the owner of the Columbus Crew, Anthony Precourt, is looking to move the team - possibly to Austin, Texas.

Fischer has said Columbus is willing to buy the club to keep it in Columbus.

Mayor Ginther and Fischer released this statement last month:

Congratulations to the Columbus Crew SC, our hometown team that’s getting ready to begin the playoffs. Your on-field performance is making Columbus prouder than ever, especially now.

To Columbus Crew SC fans everywhere, we know this is a tough time. Thank you for your outpouring of support for the Black and Gold.

Sunday’s rally says it all about our great city, players and fans. We are amazed at the encouragement we’ve received from you – and from Major League Soccer fans across the country – in support of Columbus and our efforts to keep Columbus Crew SC in our city. We appreciate all of the backers who recognize Columbus’ rightful place in the history of the MLS and U.S. soccer.

We are resolved to do our part to keep the Columbus Crew SC in Columbus. Over the weekend, we made contact with Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and MLS Commissioner Don Garber. We reiterated our views to each very directly and have requested in-person meetings with both to discuss options for keeping the team in Columbus. They have agreed, and we expect those meetings to occur over the coming weeks.

Until those meetings take place, we don’t expect to have anything new to report. We will keep our public comments focused on cheering on our beloved Columbus Crew SC during the playoffs.

Thank you, soccer fans. Glory to Columbus.

Crew SC will play Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference Finals. The first game of that series is in Columbus on Nov. 21.