According to reports, Crew SC players and staff were told about the upcoming move to Austin by friends, family, and social media.
Some Columbus Crew SC players are saying they heard today's news from friends or social media. There was also a team meeting this morning.
— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) October 17, 2017
— Alex Stanek (@AlexStanek) October 17, 2017
The team is currently fighting for victories in the 2017 playoff season. Some fans believe that putting the team off their game is exactly what Anthony Precourt had planned.
1. Blindside fans and distract team
2. Team under-performs, interest plummets
3. Complain about lack of support as justification for move!
— (((Dan Middleton))) (@DMiddletonCbus) October 17, 2017
Precourt announced Tuesday morning that the team would be leaving Columbus unless a new stadium could be arranged for Crew SC.