2023 Season

Match Preview Presented by Lexus: Austin FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC | August 30, 2023


Austin FC is set to play its first home league match in over six weeks this Wednesday, returning to Q2 Stadium to host Seattle Sounders FC. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT.


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

  • Stream: Click here to watch the match, or access it through any device compatible with the Apple TV app. An MLS Season Pass subscription is required.
  • 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

As the Western Conference playoff race begins to heat up, Austin FC will hope to continue its recent league form at Q2 Stadium to make a push up the table. Before the Leagues Cup break, the Verde & Black won three consecutive home MLS games, by a combined score of 8-1.

Gyasi Zardes and Ethan Finlay both scored in each of those three victories, while the team as a whole was difficult to break down. That pair was also responsible for both goals the last time Austin and Seattle met, a 2-1 away win for the Verde on May 17. With five of Austin’s next eight games coming in front of the team’s home support, there are plenty of points up for the taking.

ATXFC might also be buoyed by the return of center back Leo Väisänen. Though it’s unclear if he’ll play a role on Wednesday, the Finnish international was off the injury report and in the matchday squad last Saturday for the first time since suffering an injury in May.

Seattle Sounders FC Outlook

The Sounders are in third place in the Western Conference but haven’t been on song as of late, going winless in their last six matches across all competitions. Most recently, the team earned a point in a 1-1 away draw against Minnesota.

Seattle’s 15 road points rank fourth-most in the conference, and they managed to avoid defeat on both of their previous visits to Q2 Stadium. Jordan Morris leads the team with nine goals this season, while Leo Chu has contributed an impressive eight assists to go with three goals of his own. At the other end of the pitch, Seattle’s 26 total goals conceded are tied for the fewest in MLS in 2023.

In the brief history of this fixture, finding the net first has proven to be key. The team which has opened the scoring has not lost in any of the five previous meetings between Austin and Seattle.