Austin FC

Portland Snaps Austin’s Home Win Steak (May 29, 2024) 

Austin FC fell to Portland Timbers 2-0 on Wednesday night in a match of two faces.  The lost was Austin’s first on its home pitch this season.   

Kudos to Portland.  Austin owned the first half.  Possessing the ball 62% of the time, and out shooting the Timbers 15-8.  But the visitors did not bend and did not break. 

Austin missed major opportunities.  Sebastian Driussi was on the losing side of a penalty kick, and was later rejected on a one-on-one against Portland goal keeper James Pantemis. 

Tired Legs Don’t Stop Austin Over KC (May 18, 2024)

Playing on less the three days of rest, the Austin FC defeated the Sporting Kansas City by a final score of 3-to-2 for their fifth straight home win.  Jader Obrian tallied a brace and Sebastian Driussi added the eventual game-winning goal for Austin. 

Austin jumped to what was believed to be an early with Dani Pereira’s score in the fifth minute of play, but the goal was overturned for an offside infraction. 

Sporting KC took the lead in the 19th minute as Johnny Russell first beat defender Brendan Hines-Ike and the goalkeeper Brad Stuver from close in.  

Driussi’s Late Goal Leads Austin Past Houston (May 15, 2024)

Sebastián Driussi’s goal in the 87th minute lifted the Austin FC to a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo FC. The win was Austin’s fourth consecutive at home, its fifth clean sheet of season, and its second win over Houston this season as part of the Copa Tejas series. 

By most every measure, the match should have gone to Houston, or at best, ended in a draw.  Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff called his team’s performance “sloppy at times,” and his team was fatigued in the last 20 minutes of the match.

Austin FC Shuts Down Conference Leading LA Galaxy (April 27, 2024)

Diego Rubio and Jader Obrian each scored in the first 20 minutes, and Brad Stuver masterfully stared down 17 total shots to lead the Austin FC over the LA Galaxy 2-to-0. 

Obrian was the man of the match for Austin victory, setting up Rubio’s goal in 7th minute, with a skillful exchange of passes.  Obrian then scoring his own in the 19th on quick counterattack that began with an Alex Ring tackle.  

Austin FC 2023 Media Cup (December 1, 2023)

Austin FC’s 2023 season came to an unofficial close with the annual playing of the Media Cup.  The match pits members of the Austin FC front office and local media face-off in a 60-minute match played on a short field at Q2 Stadium. 

Contrary to its name, the contest is not one of media versus the front office.  (Frankly, the media doesn’t play well enough to make it an interesting match).  Instead, Austin FC Senior Vice-President, Ryan Madden, and his Media and Communications colleagues, evenly divvy up the players between two teams, the Verde and the Black. 

Austin FC Trounces DC United (October 4, 2023)

Austin FC won for the first time in ten weeks, breaking a 10-game winless streak, by defeating the D.C. United 3-to-0 at Q2 Stadium.  Austin keeps it meager playoff hopes alive with the victory. 

The win should have given Austin cause to celebrate.  Instead, Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff appeared defensive, combative, and uncomfortable before a friendly press corp.  

Austin Can’t Finish Against Portland (September 17, 2023)

Austin FC’s performance against the Portland Timbers reminded me of an old drinking song that ends in “second verse, same as the first.”  Ironically, the results would have been easier to take, had I been drinking. 

The Verde and Black fell to Portland by a final score of 2-to-1.    Austin has earned one point in the last seven matches.  And it avoided a seven-game losing streak with a last second goal against New England.  

Austin FC Falters Late, Again, Falls to Seattle (August 30, 2023)

For the second match in a row, Austin FC yielded a late goal to lose.  This week it was Albert Rusnak who collected a poorly cleared ball to score in the 90th minutes and give the Seattle Sounder FC a 2-to-1 victory. 

The same occurred four day earlier when Dallas collected a goal in the last 10 seconds of stoppage time to earn a 1-to-0 win. 

Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff was visibly nervous as he faced a friendly post-match media group, unable quiet his hands and often shifting his body position.  

Austin Drops from Leagues Cup, Lacking Maturity, Discipline (July 29, 2023)

Austin FC’s match against FC Juarez in the Leagues Cup group play was a tale of two halves.  The team play well for the first thirty minutes.  And then the bottom fell out, as the team fell 3-to-1 and was eliminated from competition. 

“The second half was good, but you give up a goal, and give up a second goal quite quickly,  showed a lack of maturity and we looked a little naïve,”  Austin FC’s head coach Josh Wolff said “The first goal was a massive error.  The second goal, plenty of guys in the box… And the third one, the guy dribbles inside two of us and slots it home.”  

Frustrating Breakdowns puts Mazatlan over Austin (July 21, 2023)

You know it’s bad when the first words out of Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff’s mouth are, “Frustrating.  The goals given up were frustrating.”

Austin FC lost to the worst team in Liga MX, Mazatlan FC, 3-1 in the first game of the 2023 Leagues Cup group stage play. 

Neither team created many opportunities in the first half as each team lost a player to injury.   

Mazatlan broke the stalemate four minutes into the second half as Eduard Bello found Josué Colmán on a cross for the first goal of the match.  

Fast Start Puts Austin over Sporting KC (July 15, 2023)

Back-to-back goals by Gyasi Zardes and Ethan Finlay gave the Austin FC an early lead, as they went on to defeated the Sporting KC, 2-to-1. 

Both of Austin’s goals were high quality.  Jon Gallagher launched a brilliant cross to set up Zardes from close in for the first score.  And less than two minutes later, Finlay right-footed an impressive cross by Diego Fagundez to find the back of the net.  

Clean Execution Eludes Houston Dynamo 2 in Loss to Austin FC II (July 7, 2023)

The Houston Dynamo 2 could not convert on numerous chances and fell to the Austin FC II, 3-to-0 in their MLSNextPro meeting.  Houston could have easily changed the tenor of the match if they executed on just one of their early set-play chances. 

Austin took the lead with CJ Fodrey’s score in the 44th minute of the first half.  Austin came out hot in the second, scoring in the 56th minute off the foot of Sebastien Pineau.  The home team iced the match in the 79thminute when Christo Vela found the back of the net.  

Austin FC Shuts Down Houston Dynamo (June 24, 2023) 

Austin FC’s trashing of FC Dallas was no fluke.  The Verde & Black maintained the momentum and soundly defeated the Houston Dynamo, 3-to-nil.  The victory effectively clinches Austin defense of the 2023 Copa Tejas cup. 

“The result of Wednesday night (game against Dallas) was validated with a very strong performance tonight.  I think the guys performed extremely well.  Two shut-out wins at home against your in-state rivals certainly answers some questions,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.  

Austin FC Thunder Past FC Dallas (June 21, 2023)

The fans had to wait through a two-hour weather delay, but it took only 17 minutes for the Austin FC to make it worth their while.  By the end of the evening the Austin FC found the back of the net times than any other match this season, and soundly defeated the FC Dallas 3-to-nil. 

The match was the second in a row with delays due to thunderstorms.

Driussi Returns, Leads Austin Over Minnesota (May 31, 2022)

The Austin FC defeated the Minnesota United FC 2-to-1 in the storybook return of striker Sebastian Driussi. 

Driussi, Austin FC’s best player, entered the pitch in the 61st minute and scored the game-winning goal 21 minutes later.  It was Driussi’s first appearance since suffering a groin injury in late April. 

“I’m happy to be back, and it feels great to score the goal that gave us the victory,” said Driussi through an interpreter.  

Austin FC Out of U.S. Open Cup (May 24, 2023)

The Austin FC fell to the Chicago Fire FC by a score of 2-to-0 in the round of 16 and is out of the U.S. Open Cup.   Austin’s performance was lackluster, at best. 

“Disappointing,” was the first word out of Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff’s mouth following the match. “Physically, we looked fatigued.  It was sloppy from the get-go.”

Rafael Czichos and Kacper Przybylko scored for Chicago.  Both goals came on set pieces (play is stopped for either a free kick or corner kick), which pointed to lack of communication on the field.  Wolff acknowledged there was frustration among the players in the first half.  

Last Minute Goals Lifts Austin Over Toronto (May 20, 2023)

Gyasi Zardes collected a rebound in from Toronto FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson and headed the ball into the top left corner of the goal in the first minute of stoppage time.  The goal gave the Austin FC a 1-to-nil win, their first back-to-back win of the season. 

The natural reaction to the goal was: what took you so long. 

Austin thoroughly dominated Toronto, controlling the ball 63% of the time, out-shooting them 16-to-3, and not allowing a single shot-on-target.  Austin completed nearly 500 passes with an accuracy of 83%, to Toronto 300 passes and 70% accuracy.  

Austin FC Winless Streak Continues (May 13, 2023)

Jesus Ferreira’s goal in the final minute of regulation play was enough to carry FC Dallas over the Austin FC.  Austin has not won a game in their last eight matches. 

Austin played with intensity in the first half, but reverted to a defensive mode after Rodney Redes’ red card in the 75th minute.  As a result, Dallas lead in nearly every offensive measure: possession (54 to 46%), duels won (55 to 42), tackles won (8 to 5), and shots (13 to 7).  Most surprisingly, Austin mustered only a single shot on target to Dallas’s three,

Austin FC Wins First Ever US Open Cup Match (May 10, 2023)

The Austin FC defeated the New Mexico United by a score of 2-to-0 in the Round of 32 in the  Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament.  Austin is playing in the tournament for its second year, and the win was Austin’s first. 

The U.S. Open Cup is the nation’s oldest national soccer tournament and is celebrating it’s 108th edition.  Ninety-nine professional, semi-professional, and amateur teams that compete in a single elimination knockout format.  The teams compete for the U.S. Open Cup title, prize money, and an automatic CONCACAF Champions League berth. 

Austin FC Scores, But Still Can’t Win (April 29, 2023)

The Austin FC ended a 394-minute scoreless streak,  but defensive lapses for the second consecutive match prevented them from doing no better than a 2-2 draw.  Austin FC has gone six matches without a win. 

Emiliano Rigoni got his first MLS goal in the 40th minute of play, breaking a team-wide scoreless streak spanning over five matches.   Dani Pereira set up the goal with a long cross to the far side of the box.  Rodney Redes header across the goal found a wide-open Rigoni who made the finish.  The match was Rigoni’s 19thfor Austin.   

Austin FC Continues to Disappoint in Scoreless Draw (April 15, 2023)

The Austin FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps faced off in a lackluster MLS match at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Both teams play an equally tame match with neither able to break the deadlock and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. 

The match was especially disappointing for the Austin fans as the team has scored only five goals this season, and have not won a match in their last four outings.  

Austin Luck to Earn Draw Against Colorado (March 25, 2023)

The Austin FC wandered aimlessly for 90 minutes on the pitch, and were fortunate to leave with a 1-to-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids. 

“ It wasn’t our best performance by any stretch of the imagination,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.  “I’d say we were fortunate to get the tie.”  

Austin FC II Come from Behind, Defeats Houston Dynamo 2 (March 24, 2023)

Much like their parent club, the Austin FC, the Austin FC II (ATXFC II) treated their fans to an exciting match.  The ATXFC II came from behind to defeat the Houston Dynamo 2, 2-to-1, before a sell-out crowd in the team’s inaugural match. 

Houston claimed the first goal of the match as Dynamo forward Papa Ndoye beat goalkeeper Damian Las in the 49th minute.

Urruti Steps Up, Takes Austin over Montreal (March 4, 2023)

Maxi Urruti entered the pitch in the 76th minute and saved a match that was going no were by scoring in the 88th minute, giving the Austin FC a 1-to-0 win over the CF Montreal, their first of the season.   

“The guys performed at a very high level,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.  “The disappointing part was we didn’t get enough goals, but we got enough to win.  The shutout is good for our guys, it’s good for our mentality.”  

Austin FC Fall to St. Louis in Stunning Upset (February 25, 2023)

The St. Louis SC, in the first match of their first season, upset the Austin FC on their home pitch by a final score of 3-to-2.  The loss was difficult, not only for the final score, but for the loss of Julio Cascante.  Cascante left the match in the 11th minute of play with an apparent groin injury. 

Not a pleasant birthday present for Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff. 

“Obviously, a difficult night.  Not the way we envisioned it.  Give St. Louis a lot of credit.  We opened the door, they took full advantage of it, and took three points,” said Wolff.    

2022 Austin Media Cup: Verde FC v Listos United (November 28, 2022)

Monday brough the second annual Austin FC Media Cup, the only match the pits the best of the Austin area sports media against the best of the Austin FC front office. 

The match was played at Q2 Stadium on a shorten pitch, and consisted of two, 30-minute halves. 

Thirty-five players faced off on two teams, the Verde FC and Listos United.  Each team had even numbers of the media and Austin FC front office.  Best attempts were made to evenly match the skill level. 

Overwhelming Comeback Gives Austin First Playoff Win (October 16, 2022)

Sensational doesn’t go far enough to describe Austin FC’s come-from-behind, overtime victory over Real Salt Lake in the first round of the MLS Playoff Cup.  It was Austin’s first playoff win in their short, two-year history. 

Austin FC is the only team in MLS history to come back four times from two goals down to win in a single season.  

Questionable Officiating Hands Austin FC Draw (October 9, 2022)

Atrocious officiating by referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere, likely the worse in Q2 history, allowed the Colorado Rapids to walk-away a 1-1 draw against the Austin FC.  Diego Rubio scored the match-tying goal in the final minute of stoppage time.   

Austin’s goal came on a penalty kick converted by Sebastian Driussi.  The opportunity was created when Bryan Acosta fouled Felipe Martins in the box. 

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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