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VerdeVUE Pod: Austin native, new signing McKinze Gaines joins club; Driussi, Djitte arrive in Austin

We chat with McKinze about how he got his shot to sign for his hometown team, playing in the same youth club as Kekuta Manneh and he answers rapid-fire questions!

AUSTIN, Texas — KVUE has launched "VerdeVUE Pod," the station's Austin FC podcast. We'll talk about everything: from the match highlights to previewing the next game and everything in between, such as the players' game day rituals, rapid-fire questions and more.  

Austin FC forward and native Austinite, McKinze Gaines, joins the podcast this week! We chat with Gaines about how he got his shot to sign for his hometown MLS team, playing in the same youth club as teammate Kekuta Manneh and, of course, he answers our RAPID-FIRE questions!

Episodes of VerdeVUE Pod will post to KVUE's YouTube page.

WATCH: VerdeVUE Pod: KVUE's Austin FC podcast



  • 0:20 – Where's Brittany? 
  • 0:45 – Recaps of Colorado loss / Houston win / FC Dallas loss – rollercoaster ride continues 
  • 2:00 – Austin scores in bunches again in Houst on Dynamo match 
  • 5:00 – When Austin scores, the swag/confidence is tenfold 
  • 6:30 – Josh Wolff did not start his 3 designated players in rivalry game, why? 
  • 8:00 – 3 designated players subbed on in 60th minute; Sebastian Driussi makes his debut 
  • 8:45 – McKalla Oooh La La curse? 
  • 11:00 – Jake on McKalla song 
  • 16:00 – Resting key players for safety ... load management 
  • 19:00 – To be fair, starting lineup against FC Dallas accomplished its job 
  • 21:00 – Moussa Djitte arrives in Austin; Fans waited at airport to greet him 
  • 23:30 – No. 99? Thoughts? 
  • 25:30 – McKinze Gaines joins the podcast 
  • 26:00 – McKinze Gaines, Austin FC teammate Kekuta Manneh played for same youth soccer club, Lonestar Soccer 
  • 26:45 – McKinze Gaines talks about Kekuta's coolest goal he's seen him do 
  • 27:30 – McKinze Gaines on playing for hometown team; he was born and raised in Austin 
  • 29:30 – McKinze Gaines trained with Austin FC ONLY ONE DAY before getting opportunity to suit up against Tigres 
  • 32:00 – McKinze Gaines on playing soccer overseas 
  • 34:10 – RAPID FIRE 
  • 40:00 – Austin FC vs. Real Salt Lake preview 
  • 45:30 – Brad Stuver All-Star snub 
  • 49:00 – ABC FC update

For the latest Austin FC news, visit kvue.com/austinfc. And to get the latest Austin FC news straight to your phone, text "SOCCER" to 512-459-9442.  


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