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.”
Wolff went on to say, “you got to get goals. Goals change games. It took a little longer than we would have like.”
Austin had several chances in the first half. Emiliano Rigoni came close to scoring on two occasions, a Gyasi Zardes strike was called offside, and a Dani Pereira goal was called back for a foul.
Austin controlled the match in time of possession (55% to 45%), shots (14 to 9) and shots on target (5-to-2). The Verde & Black were also more aggressive in duels won (58-to-34) and tackles won (13-to-7).
Wolff acknowledge on this week’s win built upon last week’s lost to first year club St. Louis SC. “We have a process. We evaluate, we review, we refine, we come back to work. Today was another very good day of that.”
Wolff was also called out key contributions from the fans, Alex Ring, Leo Vaisanen and the substitues.
“They (the fans) certainly were helpful. You start with the atmosphere, coming back here to Q2. They were boisterous last weekend as well. We built off that performance.”