Match Preview Presented by Lexus: Sporting KC II vs. Austin FC II | April 2, 2023


Austin FC II will make the trip north to Rock Chalk Park, in Lawrence, Kansas, to face Sporting KC II for its first-ever road match on Sunday, April 2. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT.

Austin FC II won its inaugural match last Friday night at Parmer Field at St. David’s Performance Center, defeating Houston Dynamo 2 by a score line of 2-1 in front of a sold-out crowd.

It was Valentin Noël who scored the club's first-ever goal, knocking in an equalizer in the 64th minute on an assist from David Rodríguez. Noël found the back of the net again in the 83rd minute, putting home a shot by teammate Jonathan Santillan that was blocked by the keeper. Noël was one of four players to score two goals in the Opening Matchday of the MLSNP weekend. Goalkeeper Damian Las’ lone save of the night came in the most critical moment in the match, blocking a shot by Dynamo 2 in stoppage time, helping ATXFC II achieve the win.

Sunday’s match will be the home-opener for Sporting KC II, as they look to earn their first win of the MLSNP season. Sporting KC II is coming off a 2-1 defeat from a stoppage time winner at Colorado Rapids 2, as Rapids 2 scored in the 91st minute. Sporting KC II was one of 21 clubs to partake in the MLSNP inaugural season in 2022, finishing with 31 points and a record of 8-12-2.

Sunday marks the first of two meetings this season for the two sides, with Sporting KC II visiting Parmer Field at St. David’s Performance Center on August 25.

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