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Austin FC Acquires 21-Year-Old Slovenian Defender Zan Kolmanic

March 3, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Austin FC News Release


Austin, Texas - Austin FC, the 27th club in Major League Soccer (MLS), announced today that the Club has acquired 21-year-old Slovenian defender and 2018-19 PrvaLiga Champion Žan Kolmanič on loan ahead of the Club's inaugural 2021 season. Per League and Club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa, Kolmanič will occupy an international roster spot. The Slovenian international is set to join Austin FC mid-March, 2021.

"We are pleased to welcome Žan to Austin FC," commented Claudio Reyna, Austin FC Sporting Director. "He is a young, promising left back whose profile and style of play aligns with our match identity. We look forward to having Žan join the remainder of the roster in the coming weeks."

"Joining Austin FC is a very positive step for my professional development", commented Kolmanič. "I'm grateful to have the opportunity to join Major League Soccer and play for Austin FC, a Club that has high ambitions for its first ever season."

Kolmanič (pronounced "Jhan CALL-ma-nitch") joins ATXFC after spending the 2017-21 seasons with 15-time Slovenian PrvaLiga Champion NK Maribor, where he made 45 appearances (43 starts) and contributed six (6) assists across all competitions, helping NK Maribor capture the 2018-19 PrvaLiga Championship. Kolmanič also made seven (7) appearances (seven (7) starts) in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 UEFA Youth League with the NK Maribor U-19 side.

At the international level, the native of Murska Sobota, Slovenia, has made 39 combined appearances with the U-21, U-19, U-18, U-17 and U-16 Slovenian National Teams.

Following the acquisition of Kolmanič, Austin FC's roster consists of:

Goalkeepers

Brady Scott (USA)

Brad Stuver (USA)

Andrew Tarbell (USA)

Defenders

Matt Besler (USA)

Julio Cascante (Costa Rica)

Hector Jimenez (USA)

Freddy Kleeman (USA)

Žan Kolmanič (Slovenia)

Nick Lima (USA)

Jhohan Romaña (Colombia)

Ben Sweat (USA)

Midfielders

Diego Fagundez (USA)

Daniel Pereira (Venezuela)

Tomás Pochettino (Argentina)

Alex Ring (Finland)

Ulises Segura (Costa Rica)

Jared Stroud (USA)

Forwards

Cecilio Domínguez (Paraguay)

Jon Gallagher (Ireland)

Danny Hoesen (Netherlands)

Kekuta Manneh (The Gambia)

Rodney Redes (Paraguay)

Aaron Schoenfeld (USA)

Transaction: Austin FC acquire Žan Kolmanič on loan from NK Maribor on March 3, 2021.

Player Details Žan Kolmanič

Name: Žan Kolmanič (pronounced "Shan CALL-ma-nitch")

Position: Defender

Height: 5'10"

Born: March 3, 2000

Age: 21

Birthplace: Murska Sobota, Slovenia

Nationality: Slovenia

LEAGUE STATISTICS

CLUB YEAR MATCHES GOALS

NK Maribor 2017-21 42 0

TOTAL 42 0

CUP AND NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICS

POKAL SLOVENIJE (SLOVENIAN FOOTBALL CUP) YEAR MATCHES GOALS

NK Maribor 2017-21 3 0

TOTAL 3 0

UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE YEAR MATCHES GOALS

NK Maribor U-19 2017-19 7 0

TOTAL 7 0

NATIONAL TEAM YEAR MATCHES GOALS

Slovenia U-21 2020 1 0

Slovenia U-19 2019 15 0

Slovenia U-18 2018 5 0

Slovenia U-17 2017 12 0

Slovenia U-16 2016 6 0

TOTAL 39 0

TROPHIES YEAR TITLE

NK Maribor 2018-19 Pokal Slovenije

Statistics source: MLSsoccer.com / Soccerway


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