For the second time in the last four (4) days, Austin FC defeated an in-state rival 3-0 at Q2 Stadium, earning a victory over Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday night. The match attendance of 20,738 marked Austin’s 47th consecutive MLS home sellout, extending the league’s longest active streak.
As he did in Wednesday’s win over Dallas, Ethan Finlay opened the scoring for Austin FC in the first half. With 22 minutes on the clock, he popped up at the back post to finish off a deflected ball from Sebastián Driussi.
Driussi provided a creative spark once again 10 minutes later. The Argentine played a pinpoint cross across the face of goal, which Gyasi Zardes headed in to double Austin’s lead.
On the other side of halftime, Julio Cascante increased the advantage to three (3). Rising highest in a crowded penalty area, the Costa Rican powered in a header from Dani Pereira’s cross for his sixth goal involvement in the last five (5) matches.
From there, Austin effectively defended its lead to clinch the result, which moves the Verde & Black into first place in the 2023 Copa Tejas standings.
ATX (1-0) – Ethan Finlay (unassisted) 22’
ATX (2-0) – Gyasi Zardes (assisted by Sebastián Driussi, Diego Fagundez) 32’
ATX (3-0) – Julio Cascante (assisted by Dani Pereira, Jon Gallagher) 50’
Austin FC will play its ninth away match and twentieth match overall of the 2023 Major League Soccer regular season against Inter Miami CF on Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT. The match will stream live for free in English and Spanish on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.
On radio, the match will be broadcast on iHeart Radio’s ALT 97.5 in English, as well as on TUDN Radio Austin (104.3-HD2, KLQB) in Spanish.