2023 Season

Match Preview Presented by Lexus: Austin FC vs. D.C. United | October 4, 2023


Austin FC faces a crucial cross-conference clash in its push for the postseason on Wednesday night, when the Verde & Black welcome D.C. United from the nation’s capital to the Texas capital. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT at Q2 Stadium.


Fans can watch the match in English or Spanish for free in over 100 countries with MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

  • Radio: The match will be broadcast live locally in English on iHeart Radio’s Alt 97.5, and in Spanish on Univision’s TUDN Radio Austin (104.3-HD2, KLQB-FM).

Austin FC Outlook

Austin has reached must-win territory as it aims to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive season. The Verde & Black find themselves six points off the playoff line with three matches remaining, meaning any loss will likely see them knocked out of postseason contention.

Wednesday’s match against D.C. United is the team’s final game of the season against an Eastern Conference opponent. In the last two seasons, Austin has a terrific record against clubs from the East, with eight wins, three draws and only one loss since the start of the 2022 campaign.

That run includes a dramatic 3-2 victory at D.C. last April, during which the Verde & Black trailed 2-0 and scored three goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation to take all three points back to Austin.

D.C. United Outlook

Like Austin, D.C. is fighting for its playoff life down the stretch. United currently sit in 10th in the Eastern Conference, level on points with ninth-place Montréal but on the outside looking in thanks to the total wins tiebreaker.

However, D.C. is the lone team in MLS with two matches remaining. With the league’s odd number of teams, they’ll be the only club inactive on Decision Day (October 21), meaning Wednesday’s match in Austin and this Saturday’s home tilt against NYCFC are the last chances for Head Coach Wayne Rooney’s side to pick up vital points.

United earned a tough away point at Vancouver last time out, and while D.C. hasn’t won any of its last five matches, it has avoided defeat in four of those five. Former Liverpool and Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is the team’s primary goal threat with 14 on the season, while former Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Kich leads the way in the assist column with nine.