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 and defensive 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 was not without its chances. Adam Lundkvist and Alex Ring each had long-range opportunities, and Emiliano Rigoni almost gave Austin the before halftime, but his header sailed just over the bar.
“The opportunities were there to take the three points if we’re honest with how we looked up until the red card,” said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.
“You look at the first half when you go toe-to-toe for 45 minutes and you feel like you’re the better team, I think that’s something we need to look at and be extremely proud of,” said Austi netminder Brad Stuver. “I’m really proud of the way we’ve been playing, we’ve just got to turn that into results.”
“Seattle is a big game, they’re a good team,” said Wolff, looking forward to their next match. “It’s a great place to play and it’ll be a good challenge. There will be some rotation, but I wouldn’t expect lots of changes just for the sake of changes.”