Expansion team Austin FC very competitive at 2-5-3; readies for MLS Cup Champion Crew in Sunday Night National TV Matchup

AUSTIN FC

2021 RECORD:
2-5-3, 9 pts.
11th in West Conf.
Head Coach: Josh Wolff

Josh Wolff is the head coach of Austin FC. He is also a former assistant coach for Columbus Crew 2014-2018. (courtesy Austin FC)

COLUMBUS CREW

2021 RECORD:
4-3-2, 14 pts.
5th in East Conf.
Head Coach: Caleb Porter

MLS REGULAR SEASON: MATCH #11
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m. CDT
LOCATION: Q2 Stadium (Austin,TX)
REFEREE: Victor Rivas
ASSISTANT REFEREE #1: Chantal Boudreau
ASSISTANT REFEREE #2: Diego Blas
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Elton Garcia

Q2 STADIUM: AUSTIN, TX
Q2 Stadium is the state-of-the art 20,500-seat, soccer-specific
venue that features a natural grass playing surface and a signature
canopy structure offering shade and coverage for all seats, while
providing an unequaled event atmosphere. Approximately 30% of
Q2 Stadium seats (6,000 seats) feature breathable mesh seating
technology, making the stadium home to the most breathable mesh
seats in a major league venue in the world. Q2 Stadium also features
cutting-edge lighting capabilities as the first stadium in the world to
install 100% of the field lighting system with tunable RGB LED lights.
For additional information please visit www.austinfc.com/stadium.

A rendering of Austin FC’s Q2 soccer stadium in Austin, Texas. 2019 photo by Original work Gensler Austin FC, Fair use, https en.wikipedia.org

MATCH PREVIEW

Austin FC returns home to Q2 Stadium on Sunday to host Columbus
Crew in what will be the Club’s second-ever home match. Austin
comes in after just playing Wednesday night, dropping a 0-2 result to
Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field. Captain Alex Ring was forced to
bow out of the match before it even started after suffering a knock
in training on Tuesday. Defender Nick Lima soon followed him to the
injury list after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the first minutes
of the match. Austin created a couple of chances after halftime but
was unable to cut into Minnesota’s lead. The Verde & Black currently
sit in 11th place in the Western Conference after collecting nine (9)
points in their first 10 matches, eight (8) of which came on the road.
Two (2) Austin FC players, defender Hector Jimenez and goalkeeper
Andrew Tarbell could potentially face their former club after helping

Columbus Crew win MLS Cup last year. Columbus have had an up-
and-down start to their season after lifting the Philip F. Anschutz Tro-
phy last year, but they do sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Caleb Porter’s side come into Sunday’s match having won three (3)
of their last four (4) matches, though the one (1) match they did not

win came on Wednesday night as they lost 1-0 against the Phila-
delphia Union. Columbus remains a strong one defensively, having

conceded just seven (7) goals in nine (9) matches, and has scored
two (2) or more goals in at least four (4) of their nine (9) regular
season matches.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: Defender Nick Lima (Left Hamstring); Defender Ben Sweat (ACL);
Midfielder Ulises Segura (Left Knee); Forward Aaron Schoenfeld (Left Knee);
Forward Danny Hoesen (Left Hip).
QUESTIONABLE: Defender Matt Besler (Right Foot); Defender Alex Ring
(Right Ankle).

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: A player may be listed as “Ques-
tionable” or “Out” due to Health and Safety Protocols for the follow-
ing reasons:

  • Quarantine due to participating in high risk behavior.
  • Quarantine related to being a high risk close contact.
  • Pending COVID-19 test results.
  • An inconclusive COVID-19 test result.
  • A positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Other illness not related to COVID-19.

A CLUB OF FIRSTS
HOME ROAD OVERALL
OVERALL 0-0-1 2-5-2 2-5-3
VS. WEST 0-0-1 2-4-3 2-5-3
VS. EAST 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0
SCORING FIRST 0-0-0 1-1-1 1-1-1
CONCEDING FIRST 0-0-0 1-4-0 1-4-0
LEADING AT HALF 0-0-0 1-1-1 1-1-1
TRAILING AT HALF 0-0-0 1-5-0 1-5-0
TIED AT HALF 0-0-1 0-1-1 0-1-2
LEADING AT 75’ 0-0-0 1-1-1 1-1-1
TRAILING AT 75’ 0-0-0 0-4-0 0-4-0
TIED AT 75’ 0-0-1 0-0-2 0-0-3
ONE-GOAL GAMES 0-0-0 1-1-1 1-1-1
SCORING 0 GOALS 0-0-1 0-3-2 0-3-3
SCORING 1 GOAL 0-0-0 1-1-1 1-1-1
SCORING 2 GOALS 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0
SCORING 3+ GOALS 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0
ALLOWING 0 GOALS 0-0-1 1-0-1 1-0-2
ALLOWING 1 GOAL 0-0-0 1-1-1 1-1-1
ALLOWING 2 GOALS 0-0-0 0-4-0 0-4-0
ALLOWING 3+ GOALS 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
PACIFIC TIME ZONE 0-0-0 0-2-1 0-2-1
MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0
CENTRAL TIME ZONE 0-0-1 1-3-1 1-3-2
EASTERN TIME ZONE 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
PRIMARY JERSEY 0-0-1 0-1-1 0-1-2
SECONDARY JERSEY 0-0-0 2-4-0 2-4-0
PRIMEBLUE JERSEY 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-1
ON FOX | FS1 | FOX SPORTS 0-0-0 0-3-1 0-3-1
ON ESPN | ESPN 2 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
ON UNIVISION | UNIMAS 0-0-1 0-1-0 0-1-1
ON KXAN (NBC AUSTIN) 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
ON KBVO (MY NETWORK TV) 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0
ON KNVA (THE CW AUSTIN) 0-0-0 2-0-1 2-0-1
ON GRASS 0-0-1 2-5-1 2-5-2
ON TURF 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-1
ON DAY GAMES 0-0-0 0-2-1 0-2-1
ON NIGHT GAMES 0-0-1 2-3-1 2-3-2
ON WEEKENDS 0-0-1 2-4-2 2-4-3
ON WEEKDAYS 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0
ON MONDAY 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
ON TUESDAY 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
ON WEDNESDAY 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0
ON THURSDAY 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
ON FRIDAY 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
ON SATURDAY 0-0-1 2-2-1 2-2-2
ON SUNDAY 0-0-0 0-2-1 0-2-1
IN APRIL 0-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0
IN MAY 0-0-0 1-3-1 1-3-1
IN JUNE 0-0-1 0-1-1 0-1-2
IN JULY 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
IN AUGUST 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
IN SEPTEMBER 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
IN OCTOBER 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
IN NOVEMBER 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

Austin FC played its first-ever MLS regular season match vs. Los Angeles FC
on April 17, 2021 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.
(Final score 0-2 L)
Austin FC won its first-ever MLS match on April 24, 2021 vs. the Colorado
Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Stadium. (Final score 3-1 W)
Head Coach Josh Wolff recorded his first-ever win in MLS as a Head Coach
on April 24, 2021 vs. the Colorado Rapids. (Final score 3-1 W)
Midfielder Diego Fagundez scored Austin FC’s first-ever MLS goal in the 59th
minute of the match against the Colorado Rapids on April 24, 2021.
(Final score 3-1 W)
Forward Cecilio Domínguez became the first-ever Designated Player to score
for Austin FC on April 24, 2021 vs. the Colorado Rapids.
(Final score 3-1 W)
Forward Cecilio Domínguez recorded the Club’s first-ever brace. (Final score
3-1 W)
Forward Jon Gallagher registered Austin FC’s first-ever assist in MLS in the
67th minute vs. the Colorado Rapids on April 24, 2021. (Final score 3-1 W)
Midfielder Daniel Pereira recorded the Club’s first-ever yellow card on April
24, 2021 vs. the Colorado Rapids.
Midfielder Daniel Pereira made his professional debut vs. Los Angeles FC on
April 17, 2021 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.
(Final score 0-2 L)

Goalkeeper Brad Stuver recorded Austin FC’s first-ever clean sheet vs. Min-
nesota United FC on May 1, 2021. (Final score 1-0 W)

Austin FC recorded its first-ever goal scored in the first half vs. Minnesota
United FC on May 1, 2021. (Final score 1-0 W)
Austin FC recorded its first-ever consecutive match wins vs. Colorado Rapids
on April 24, 2021 (Final score 3-1 W) & Minnesota United FC on May 1, 2021.
(Final score 1-0 W)
Midfielder Diego Fagundez became Austin FC’s first-ever player to score in
consecutive matches (2) – Colorado Rapids on April 24, 2021 (Final score 3-1
W) & Minnesota United FC on May 1, 2021. (Final score 1-0 W)
Austin FC wore the Verde and Black primary kit for the first time on May 9,
2021 vs. Sporting Kansas City. (Final score 1-2 L)
Defender Alex Ring recorded the Club’s first-ever red card on May 9, 2021 vs.
Sporting Kansas City. (Final score 1-2 L)
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver recorded the Club’s first-ever penalty kick save on
May 15, 2021 vs. the LA Galaxy. (Final score 0-2 L)
Austin FC recorded its first-ever draw on May 30, 2021 vs. Seattle Sounders
FC (Final score 0-0 T)
Austin FC played its first-ever match in front of a sold-out crowd (20,738) vs.
the San Jose Earthquakes on June 19, 2021 at Q2 Stadium. (Final score 0-0 T)
Austin FC recorded its first-ever point at home vs. the San Jose Earthquakes
on June 19, 2021 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX. (Final score 0-0 T)

AUSTIN FC BY THE NUMBERS

Austin FC played it’s first-ever home match at Q2
Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 19,
2021 in front of a sold-out crowd (20,738).
Midfielder Jared Stroud is tied for the Club lead in
assists (2), ranked third in shots (16) and second on
shots on target (6).
Forward Cecilio Domínguez scored a brace in Austin
FC’s win over Colorado in Week 2. He is the third player
to score a brace in one of expansion team’s first two
(2) matches since 2012.
Austin FC is currently tied for fourth in fewest
conceded goals (11) amongst Western Conference
clubs.

Midfielder Diego Fagundez is five (5) assists short of
joining Major League Soccer’s 50 goals-50 assists
club.

Goalkeeper Brad Stuver tied a career-high 9 saves
against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 19, 2021

Austin FC is currently tied for tenth in the league in
shots (129).

Eleven countries are represented on Austin FC’s
inaugural roster.

Midfielder and Club Captain Alex Ring has started in
120 out of 121 MLS regular season games played.
Defender Matt Besler has appeared in 302 MLS regular
season matches throughout his career.

Six (6) of the Club’s next seven (7) regular season
matches will be played at home.

Stroud has also made an appearance in all ten matches,
with seven (7) starts and 601 minutes of play.

Domínguez currently leads Austin FC in goals scored
(3), shots (23) and shots on target (10).

Seattle Sounders FC (5), Los Angeles FC (10), Real Salt
Lake (10), Colorado Rapids (11).

Fagundez is on track to become the second-fastest
MLS player to join the 50-50 club. Landon Donovan
became the youngest ever to join the club
(25 years, 55 days).
Stuver currently leads the league in saves (48) with
81.4% shots faced saved, leads Austin FC in minutes
played (900) and tied for fourth in the league in clean
sheets (3).
Austin FC is also currently ranked fifth in pass
percentage (84.0%) and twelfth in possession (50.0%)
and twelfth in shots on target (38).

Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Ireland, Neth-
erlands, Paraguay, Slovenia, The Gambia, United States

and Venezuela.

Ring has recorded 10,715 minutes of play throughout
five (5) MLS regular seasons.
Besler is currently ranked seventh in MLS regular
season matches played amongst active players.

2021 MLS TEAM OF THE WEEK
WEEK 2 Head Coach Josh Wolff
Forward Cecilio Domínguez
WEEK 3 Midfielder Alex Ring
WEEK 4 Goalkeeper Brad Stuver (bench)
WEEK 7 Defender Matt Besler (bench)
WEEK 8 Goalkeeper Brad Stuver (bench)

AUSTIN FC IS LOADED WITH FORMER COLUMBUS CREW PLAYERS

*Sebastian Berhalter (on loan; can’t play against The Crew)

*Aaron “The Big Celery” Schoenfeld

*Hector Jimenez

*Ben Sweat

*Kekuta Manneh

*Andrew Tarbell

*Brad Stuver

Anthony Precourt Chairman of Austin FC is also controversial former owner of the Columbus Crew (file photo)

COURTESY AUSTIN FC PUBLIC RELATIONS

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