Austin FC

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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