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Austin FC Acquires Free Agent Goalkeeper and 2020 MLS Cup Champion Andrew Tarbell

December 23, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Austin FC News Release

Austin, Texas - Austin FC, the 27th club in Major League Soccer (MLS), announced today the acquisition of free agent goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. Per League and Club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Tarbell joins Brady Scott in the goalkeeper roster and becomes Austin FC's 14th acquisition ahead of the Club's inaugural season in 2021.

"Andrew is someone we are excited to acquire," commented Austin FC Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna. "He gained valuable experience in San Jose, starting over 40 MLS games, as well as registering numerous starts in 2020 in both regular season and playoffs. We look forward to developing him inside our game model and watching him compete for playing time."

"I'm honored and grateful to be a part of the first ever Austin FC team," commented Tarbell. "I'm excited to get to work with my new teammates and coaches in preparing for this new season. I look forward to meeting the fans and calling Austin my home."

Tarbell ("pronounced TAR-bell") arrives to Austin having played for five (5) consecutive seasons in Major League Soccer (2016-19 with the San Jose Earthquakes and 2020 with Columbus Crew SC). Tarbell was recently crowned 2020 MLS Cup Champion with Columbus, after making seven (7) regular seasons appearances (six (6) starts), registering a 0.97 GAA, and making two (2) post season starts in as many matches, earning two (2) shutouts.

Prior to Tarbell's championship season with Crew SC, the 27-year-old played for the Earthquakes between 2016-19, making 41 starts in 42 matches and registering 128 saves in MLS regular-season action while also recording seven (7) starts in U.S. Open Cup play. While on loan in 2017, Tarbell made four (4) appearances (four (4) starts) with USL side Reno 1868 FC. Drafted as a 2016 Generation adidas player, the Mandeville, Louisiana native was part of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team pool. At the collegiate level, Tarbell played for Clemson University from 2012-15, making 56 appearances (55 starts), helping the Tigers reach the final of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament in 2015.

As of December 23, 2020, Austin FC's roster consists of:


Brady Scott (USA)

Andrew Tarbell (USA)


Julio Cascante (Costa Rica)

Nick Lima (USA)

Jhohan Romaña (Colombia)

Ben Sweat (USA)


Hector Jimenez (USA)

Alex Ring (Finland)

Ulises Segura (Costa Rica)

Jared Stroud (USA)


Cecilio Domínguez (Paraguay)

Jon Gallagher (Ireland)

Danny Hoesen (Netherlands)

Rodney Redes (Paraguay)

Transaction: Austin FC acquired free agent goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell on December 23, 2020.

Player Details Andrew Tarbell

Name: Andrew Tarbell

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6'3"

Born: October 7, 1993

Age: 27

Birthplace: Mandeville, Louisiana

Nationality: United States



Columbus Crew SC 2020 9

Reno 1868 2018 4

San Jose Earthquakes 2016-19 42




San Jose Earthquakes 2016-19 7


Statistics source: / Soccerway

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