2023 Season

Match Preview Presented by Lexus: Minnesota United FC vs. Austin FC | July 8, 2023


Riding a three-match unbeaten streak, Austin FC hits the road again this weekend for an away match against Minnesota United FC on Saturday, July 8. The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Allianz Field.


Fans can watch the match in English or Spanish in over 100 countries via 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 to watch the match.
  • 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

After back-to-back 3-0 home wins to close out June, Austin began its July schedule with a 1-1 away draw against Inter Miami. While the team wasn’t quite at its best, it earned a point thanks in part to Nick Lima’s first goal for the Club and a seven-save performance by Brad Stuver.

With seven points from its last three matches, the Verde & Black find themselves only four points out of fourth place and with a game in hand as the business end of the season draws ever closer. Beginning with Minnesota on Saturday, Austin has three MLS matches remaining before the Leagues Cup break, each representing the opportunity to continue climbing the table.

Austin defeated the Loons 2-1 at Q2 Stadium on May 31, with Sebastián Driussi scoring the winner on his return from injury. If they’re to come away with three points this weekend, the Verde & Black will need to reverse the recent trend in this series, which has seen the home team win each of the last three meetings.

Minnesota United FC Outlook

Minnesota snapped a six-match winless run in its last outing with an emphatic 4-1 home victory over Portland. The Loons sit 11th in the Western Conference, but are only two points behind Austin.

The team’s talisman Emanuel Reynoso has offered a boost since returning to the side, scoring three goals in four appearances. Minnesota will be without three key figures at the other end of the pitch on Saturday though, with Michael Boxall (suspension), Dayne St. Clair (international duty), and Kemar Lawrence (international duty) all unavailable. Head Coach Adrian Heath is also suspended for the match. While the Loons have only one home loss in 2023, they’ve drawn more than half of their MLS matches at Allianz Field, settling for a point on five occasions.

Bongokuhle Hlongwane remains a key part of their success, leading the team in goals (five) and goal contributions (seven). Minnesota already made one major move in the transfer market, signing Finnish international forward Teemu Pukki, though it’s unclear if Pukki will be eligible in time to face the Verde & Black on Saturday.

Possible Minnesota Lineup

(4-2-3-1, R-L) - GK: Clint Irwin; Zarek Valentin, Brent Kallman, Miguel Tapias, DJ Taylor; Hassani Dotson, Wil Trapp; Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Emanuel Reynoso, Franco Fragapane; Mender Garcia