Austin FC Adds to Season of Thrills With Comeback Victory Over Sporting KC

8/14/2022 6:51:00 PM

Driussi’s stoppage time winner sparks ATXFC euphoria

Stoppage time goal sparks euphoric win for AustinFC.

Driussi’s stoppage time winner sparks ATXFC euphoria

Austin FC midefielders Diego Fagundez (left) and Sebastián Driussi embrace following a 4-3 win over Sporting Kansas City at Q2 Stadium (courtesy of Austin FC) It takes something really special to get Josh Wolff out of character, especially with a microphone in front of him.was traded to the Dolphins.San Antonio FC notched their club-record 18th win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night at Toyota Field.Chicago (26-10), the defending WNBA champion, had an opportunity to take the No.

But the habitually measured Austin FC coach was something far away from that following his club’s “euphoric” (his word) 4-3 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Q2 Stadium Saturday night.“The intensity with the fans was incredible.“The wideouts, they connect.I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like that.Most importantly, the win coupled with a loss by San Diego Loyal on Saturday put SAFC seven points clear of San Diego atop the USL Championship Western Conference standings.For me that’s about as memorable a moment as I’ve ever had as a coach,” Wolff said through a grin that, this time, he could not hide.’ But he does it without hurting their feelings — a rare trait that he has.He couldn’t hide the stains of freshly-tossed beer across his signature green Bonobos shirt, either, or the rare locks of hair pushed astray from his typically tidy coif.The opener of the three-game series will be Wednesday in Chicago.

He even threw a Tiger Woods-esque fist pump toward some onlooking supporters who were doubtlessly experiencing the same emotional high.Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Patrick Mahomes looks to pass during a Chiefs game in January 2022.“Third game in eight days.The “moment" he was referring to, specifically, was Sebastián Driussi’s stoppage time winner, the league’s best player scoring his league-best 17th goal, few more memorable than this one.Not for its technical extravagance – by Driussi’s standards, in fact, it was a relatively routine finish – but in that, when Driussi’s shot hit nylon and the Argentine superstar ripped off his jersey to celebrate with the south stand, it represented the climax of an adrenaline-fueled 100 minutes of soccer that saw Austin FC turn yet another two-goal deficit into not only a result, but a win.” Mahomes has quickly garnered a reputation for his stellar decision-making and uncanny ability to make a difficult play seem routine.Which of course naturally means that, yet again, the Verde and Black found themselves Saturday night in an early hole, having let Sporting KC, the Western Conference bottom dwellers, seize a 2-0 lead in the opening 23 minutes.The first shot on target Saturday for either team came in the 34th minute off the foot of SAFC’s Nicky Hernandez.Both came off rebounds offered up by ATX goalkeeper Brad Stuver.Share this article:.Phoenix (15-21) played without Diana Taurasi, who missed the game with a quadriceps injury.

While, in fairness, the second one was hardly an error, Stuver took responsibility for both in the halftime dressing room, according to Wolff.Jon Gallagher restored some order in the 27th minute, striking home a volley from his left back position to halve the deficit.“I said I’m going to do that tonight.But a sloppy challenge from Ethan Finlay in the Sporting KC penalty box granted the visitors a spot kick in 40th minute, which Johnny Russell converted to send both teams to the break separated by a 3-1 scoreline.“The first thing I said [at halftime] is, ‘The last thing we need to do is panic,’” Wolff said.“We don’t throw the plan out the window.It was a nice goal.

We took a shot in the face.So what? That’s life, man.You got to pick yourself up and keep moving.Vegas counterattacked, and Lights forward Daron Iskenderian nearly scored the equalizer in a one-on-one with San Antonio goalkeeper Jordan Farr, who snagged the ball one-handed out of the air.” The Oaks did exactly that, dominating the second half with help from a deep bench of substitutes.After Julio Cascante made it 3-2 with a header in the 63rd minute, one of those substitutes, Danny Hoesen, rifled a gorgeous waist-high volley into the side netting for the equalizer in the 85th.

After a massive roar, Q2 Stadium had about 10 minutes to catch its breath before Driussi completely brought down the house with the match-winner.That’s the kind of shot that if it goes in, it changes the game.The three points further solidified Austin FC’s place as a top-two team in the West, with nine points separating El Tree from third place.Next up, an Aug.20 trip to the Twin Cities to take on fourth-place Minnesota United, where Austin FC will look to improve on its MLS-best eight road wins in 2022.Hernandez took the kick and aimed for the back post, where Jasser Khmiri beat several other players to the ball and headed it toward the goal.For more Austin FC news and analysis, visit The Austin Chronicle.

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