Austin FC

Austin FC Clinches Home Playoff Game  (September 17, 2022)

Austin FC will play at Q2 Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.  The team clinched a Western Conference postseason home game with a 1-to-1 draw with the Nashville SC.

The match saw Sebastian Driussi scored his 21st goal of the season off the 15th assist of the season by Diego Fagundez.  

Match for the Record Books, Austin Over Salt Lake (September 14, 2022)

Records were set.  With tonight’s 3-to-0 win, the Austin FC clinched their first, ever, playoff spot.  And leading Austin to that victory was Moussa Djitte, who scored the first hat trick in the club’s history. 

“To grab three goals in the manner that we did, for it to be Moussa Djitte, I couldn’t be happier for him.  The guy’s is an incredible person,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff after the match.  “Moussa has his physicality.  There isn’t a player on that team that can deal with Moussa.”  

Luck Follows Portland Past Austin (August 31, 2022)

The Portland Timber escaped with a 2-1 win over the Austin FC on a stormy, rain delayed evening.  Luck was on the Timber’s side as they narrowly avoid a half-dozen near goals by Austin. 

Portland opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a free kick by Eryk Williamson, setting up a header by Bill Tuiloma.  Tuiloma by squeezed by Jon Gallagher on a set piece to force the ball past goalkeeper Brad Stuver.  

Austin FC Routs League Leader LAFC (August 26, 2022)

To say Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff was gushing would be an understatement.  His team dominated the best team in the league, bringing home a 4-1 victory before a home base bursting with enthusiasm. 

The game was easily the biggest game in Austin FC history, and the proudest night in their short life. 

“Really pleased and proud of our performance tonight.  It’s a massive win for this organization.  It doesn’t get much better.  You’re playing the best team in the league.  You’re on national TV,” said Wolff.  

Astonishing Comeback: Austin Over Sporting KC (August 13, 2022)

Sebastian Driussi capped an epic comeback to lead the Austin FC over the Sporting Kansas City.  The game-winning goal in the 4th minute of stoppage time to give Austin a 4-3 victory. 

Kansas City led 3-1 at the start of second half but fell under the pressure of the home town enthusiasm. 

“There are a lot of good stadiums in this league, but the atmosphere here is incredible. They give us spirit. They give us energy,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff after the match.  

San Jose Scores Late to Draw Against Austin (August 6, 2022)

Two goals by Sebastian Driussi and one by Julio Cascante earned the Austin FC a draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.  San Jose came back in the final minutes of the match to earn the draw.   

The Verde and  Black opened the scoring in the 6th minute of play.   Diego Fagundez’s corner kick set-up Julio Cascante at the center top of the goalkeeper’s box.  The assist was the 60th of Fagundez’s MLS career, making him just the 13th player in league history to record at least 60 goals and 60 assists.

Austin FC Tripped-up by Red Bulls (July 24, 2022)

The Austin FC were up-ended by the New York Red Bulls, by a score of 4-3,  in a match filled with uncharacteristic errors by the home team. 

“We didn’t start this game in a very good way.  New York immediately put it on their terms,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.  “They slowed down the tempo of the game.  The ball was not in play that often.” 

Hunger and Humility Push Austin over Houston (July 12, 2022)

“Their hunger and humility to go out and do it.  That’s the sign of a good team,”  said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff after his team’s 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Houston Dynamo FC. 

Houston’s Adalberto Carrasquilla split the legs of Austin goalkeeper Brad Stuver to give the Dynamo the lead in the 11th minute of play. 

CF Pachuca Tops Austin FC in International Friendly (June 11, 2022)

Liga MX’s CF Pachuca “Los Tuzos” handily defeated MLS’s Austin FC, 4-1, in an international friendly match played at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Pachuca tallied four first half goals which were matched by a single second half penalty goal by Austin. 

Pachuca took the lead in the 3rd minute of play, capitalizing on an errant pass and culminating in Roberto de la Rosa’s goal.  Nicolas Ibanez doubled Pachuca’s lead on an easy tap-in in the 22nd minute.  Gustavo Cabral score again for Los Tuzos on a header from the center of the box in the 28th minute.  Erick Sanchez added the team’s final goal near the end of the first half, easily beating Austin GK Brad Stuver.  

Austin FC Battles Back, Earns Draw Against Orlando SC (May 22, 2022)

The match between the Orlando SC and the Austin FC looked bleak for the Verde and Black as they quickly fell to a 2-0 deficient. But catastrophic penalties by Orlando allowed Austin to salvage a 2-2 draw. 

An uncharacteristic mental error by Brad Stuver in the second minute of play fed the ball to Junior Urso, who set-up Ercan Kara for an easy goal.  

Austin FC Falls Flat Against LA Galaxy (May 8, 2022)

The Austin FC’s four-game winning streak in MLS matches was broken in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Austin’s played improved in the second half, after a very sloppy first, but did not rise to the occasion.    

The match’s only goal came when Mark Delgado intercepted a hapless Ethan Finley pass at the top of the box, bouncing a shot off the post to beat Andrew Tarbell in the 6th minute of play.  

Austin FC Overpowers Vancouver Whitecaps (April 23, 2022)

Austin FC dominated the Vancouver Whitecaps in route to a 3-0 victory, recapturing first place in the MLS Western Conference. 

Maxi Urruti’s first half brace led Austin over Vancouver.   Sebastian Driussi’s goal early in the second half iced the game for the home team.   Driussi also assisted on Urruti’s first goal. 

Urruti wasted no time, finding the back of the net in the 11th minute of the match.  He completed the brace in the 26th minute.  Urruti made 5 of the team’s 10 shots 

Austin FC Salvages Draw with Seattle (March 20, 2022)

A hard fought second half with key substitutions earned the Austin FC a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders FC. 

Key Austin substitutions of Maxi Urruti (for Moussa Djitte) and Diego Fagundez (for Ethan Finley) in the 57th minute changed the tenor and tone of the match concluded with Fagundez goal in the 70th minute

Records Continue to Fall as Austin FC Tops Inter Miami CF (March 6, 2022)

The Austin FC dismantled the Inter Miami CF by a final score of 5-1.  Austin’s 5-0 win last week over FC Cincinnati was the biggest season opener in MLS history.  And the combined 10 goals are the most scored by any team in the first two games of the season. 

Sebastian Driussi led the Austin FC with two goals and an assist.  Ethan Finlay added an additional two goals and Julian Casante had one.  Miami sole goal came off the foot of Leonardo Campana.  

Austin Tops Cincinnati in Dream Win (February 26, 2022)

It was a dream start to the first match of the season for the Austin FC as they scored once in the first two minutes, twice in the first 14 minutes, and three times in the first half.  The Verde & Black didn’t stop scoring until three minutes in to stoppage time, making it a 5 – 0 victory over the FC Cincinnati. 

Cecilio Domínguez scored twice, including in the match’s first goal, and Alex Ring and Sebastián Driussi each had first half goals. Moussa Djitté forced an own goal for a fifth for Austin.  

Verde FC Top Listos United in Austin FC Media Cup, December 3, 2021

The Austin FC capped their inaugural Major League Soccer season with the Austin FC Media Cup.  The Cup featured the Verde FC against the Listos United, with players drawn from members of the Austin FC front office and local media.  The friendly contest was held at the St. David’s Performance Center, home of the Austin FC training facility and Austin FC Academy. 

The Verde FC top the Listos United by a final score of 4-3.  

Austin FC Dominate Second Place Sporting KC, November 3, 2021

The Austin FC closed out its 2021 home schedule with a dominating 3-1 win over the playoff bound Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night at Q2 Stadium. It was the fourth win for the Verde & Black in the last five games at home. Austin scored its fastest goal in Club history, with Sebastián Driussi converting from close range just 30 seconds into the match. 

Austin FC Falls from Contention Amid Missed Opportunities, October 16, 2021

Austin FC dominated Minnesota United FC in nearly every statistical measure, except one, the final score.  Minnesota defeated the ATXFC, 1-0, mathematically eliminating the first-year team from playoff contention. Austin’s hopes for a third consecutive home-win quickly faded in the 16th minute of play.  Minnesota’s Hassani Dotson’s cross in front of the goal found an uncovered Franco Fragapane with an empty net and an easy tap-in.  

Dominguez’s Brace Leads Austin FC Over Real Salt Lake, October 2, 2021

A brace (two goals) by Cecilio Dominguez pushed the Austin FC past the Real Salt Lake for a 2-1 victory.  The win was the second consecutive at home. 

Possession was split evenly between both teams, but the difference was the pummeling Austin gave Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa.  The ATXFC generated  18 shots with 8 on-target to Salt Lake’s 9 shots, 3 on-target.  

Djitte, Gaines Lead Austin FC to Victory, September 26, 2021

The Austin FC topped the LA Galaxy FC in a historic match that saw newcomers Moussa Djitte and Austin’s own McKinze Gaines deliver their first goals for the Verde & Black.  The duo led the team to a 2-0 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak. Djitte’s goal came in the 64th minute as the striker collected his own rebound and beat LA goalkeeper Jonathan Bond from the box to the top right of the goal.  

Second Half Collapse Dooms Austin FC, September 18, 2021

Within a 14-minute span the Austin FC blew a 3-1 halftime lead against the San Jose Earthquakes and found themselves looking out of at a 3-4 hole, a hole they could not claw out of. Saturday’s match was a far cry from the 0-0 draw in the team’s first meeting on June 19th at Q2 Stadium.  The energy displayed by the Verde & Black made for an exciting match, despite the massive letdown for the home fans. 

Austin FC Disappoint Against LAFC, September 15, 2021

The Austin FC put in another solid performance, only to fall short again, this time to the LAFC by a 2-1 score.  The loss was Austin’s fourth straight, and the ninth one-goal loss of the season. LA opened the scoring in the 59th minute on a penalty kick by Cristian Arango.  The referee ruled that a crossing pass hit Diego Fagundez’s arm and awarded LAFC a penalty kick after consulting VAR.  

Disappointment: Austin FC Falls Badly to FC Dallas, August 29, 2021

The match between the Austin FC and the FC Dallas was the soccer equivalent of a drive-by shooting.  Dallas scored three goals in five minutes in route to a 5-to-3 rout over Austin. The Dallas duo of Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi scored two goals each in the first half.  Pepi also assisted on Ferreira’s first goal.  Jader Obrian added a fifth Dallas goal against a shell-shocked Brad Stuver in the 8th minute of second half.   

Austin FC Start Fast in Blowout Win, August 21, 2021

The Austin FC have the Portland Timbers’ number. Austin pummeled Portland in their first meeting on July 1st.  Their second meeting on Saturday was more of the same, even better.  The Verde and Black scored three time in the first 29 minutes in route to a 3-to-1 victory over the Timbers.  

Austin Loses Battle of the Bottom, August 18, 2021

The Austin FC, 13th in the MSL Western Conference, took on the Vancouver Whitecaps, 12th in the conference, in what should have been a home field advantage win.  Instead, Austin squandered a first half lead and fell to the Whitecaps, 2-to-1. It was the third consecutive loss for Austin FC. Austin’s Alex Ring opened the scoring, taking Sebastian Driussi’s corner kick and heading it past Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.

Surprises Abound as Austin Falls to Dallas, August 7, 2021

“These games against Dallas and Houston, the mentality has to be there,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff entering the first ever Copa Texas. “Sure, there’s the tactical element, but there’s also the will and the belief that you can get it done irrespective of tactics. It’s about players making decisions and having intensity and quality.”You can throw that last part out the window.  It seemed Austin’s match-up against the FC Dallas was all about tactics, and those tactics failed.  

Austin Tops Houston in Copa Texas First, August 4, 2021

The Austin FC wasted no time to make it known: they were a force among the Texas MLS teams.  Tomas Pochettino scored the first of his two goals in the 7th minute of play to lead the ATXFC to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo.  The match was the first in the Copa Texas series between Austin, Houston, and the FC Dallas. 

Austin FC’s Drought Continues, July 31, 2021

July has been one of the rainiest months in years, but a drought has befallen the Austin FC.  The team dropped its third straight MLS match, and hasn’t scored a goal in an MLS match in 270 minutes since the Austin FC.  The saga continued as the lost to the Colorado Rapids by a score of 1-0.  

Austin Loses Heart Breaker to Seattle, July 22, 2021

The Austin FC had not played an MLS match since July 7th.  The result was a re-energized, but equally as in effective, team.  The Verde & Black fell to the Seattle Sounders FC before a capacity crowd and a nationally televised audience by a score of 1-0.  The only score of the match came of a miraculous chip shot from Seattle substitute Raul Ruidiaz from 43  yards out.  

Historic Meeting Austin FC, Club Tigres, July 13, 2021

The Austin FC made history as they played their first international match in Q2 Stadium against the Club Tigres UANL.  The Tigres are the seven-time Liga MX Champion and the reigning CONCACAF Champions League winner.  The Tigres bested Austin by a score of 3-1. Tigres defender Diego Reyes opened the scoring in the 25th minute off a corner kick ...

Austin FC Drops First Home Match, July 7, 2021

The wrong kind of history was made as the Austin FC lost their first match at Q2 Stadium to the LAFC by a score of 2-0.  It was Austin’s fourth match with home field advantage. The Verde & Black controlled most of the match, but LA capitalized on the Austin’s mistakes and led in the only statistic that count: goals.  

Historic Night for Austin FC, July 1, 2021

The Austin FC (3-4-5) behaved just like a Central Texas summer: a long dry spell quenched by a hurricane.  The dry spell included six shutouts over the last seven matches.  And the hurricane came by way of a massive 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers (4-1-6).  The match included the first home-pitch goal and the first home win for the Verde & Black. 

Austin FC Earn Draw Against Defending Champions, June 27, 2021

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Austin FC Earns Draw in Inaugural Match, June 19, 2021

The atmosphere was electric, the stadium was glowing, and the fans were energized.  It was a historic night as the Austin FC played its inaugural home match at Q2 Stadium before capacity crowd of 20,738 very loud fans. Unfortunately, someone forgot to bring the offense, again.  The match against the San Jose Earthquakes ended in a 0-0 draw. 

Los Verdes, La Murga Know How to Put on a Show, June 19, 2021

It wouldn’t be a soccer match without a rally.  And the leaders of the Austin FC Major League Soccer rally are Los Verdes ATX and La Murga de Austin. The groups work collaboratively and could easily be confused.  To keep it simple, consider Los Verdes to be the broader booster club and La Murga to be the musical band for the club. 

Matthew McConaughey Preps Austin FC, June 16, 2021

After years of preparation, and eight long weeks on the road, Austin is ready.  Ready, that is for the first home match of the Austin FC.  The team brings a 2-win, 4-loss, 2-draw record to the inaugural opener of Q2 Stadium in a match against the San Jose Earthquakes.  The match will be played before a sold-out crowd that has been aching for professional soccer since rumors of a team first circulated in 2018. 

Austin FC: Privacy is Job 1, May 12, 2021

A recent Austin FC media event taught me an important lesson on Major League Soccer.  Teams protect their privacy like a reluctant celebrity. Don’t get me wrong.  The team’s public relations team was top notch.  The most professional and courteous group of professionals that you will meet.  But they tightly managed the messaging by limiting access.   

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