Travis Haselswerdt (2nd from left) with VfB fan manager Christian Schmidt (left), Marketing Director Rouven Kasper and Deputy  Austin Mayor Ashley Alter.  Photo: Baumann/Julia Rahn

Travis Haselswerdt (2nd from left) with VfB fan manager Christian Schmidt (left), Marketing Director Rouven Kasper and Deputy Austin Mayor Ashley Alter. Photo: Baumann/Julia Rahn

Travis Haselswerdt has been a loyal and enthusiastic fan of VfB Stuttgart for years. He has now come to Austin from Cleveland – and is returning with a special present.

The flight took three and a half hours – then Travis Haselswerdt was in Austin from Cleveland. He had arrived on Wednesday evening, and he was sure in advance that the visit would be worthwhile. Travis has been a fervent fan of VfB Stuttgart for years, after witnessing a home game live in 2018 he now had another opportunity to experience his favorite club up close.

VfB has been on a trip to the USA in Texas since Monday, on Thursday there was first a public training session and then a fan festival in the evening. Of course, Travis used both opportunities to observe the team and meet other VfB fans. In the evening he was even one of the main characters at the German-Texan Heritage Society event.

A speech in German

The fan club “VfB Americana” has existed for a number of years – founded by Travis Haselswerdt. Now he has been included in the list of official fan clubs of the Stuttgart Bundesliga club. There were warm words from VfB fan manager Christian Schmidt (“Welcome to the family”), the official certificate of appointment – and a small speech of thanks from Travis. In German.

The 47-year-old talked about the shared passion that brings ups and downs. But, he said, “that’s how it is in a family, isn’t it?” Travis is still in Austin until Sunday, on Saturday (10 p.m. / CET / Sky and DAZN) he will watch the game in FC Austin’s Q2 stadium his VfB against 1. FC Köln.



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