Austin FC fell 3-2 against St. Louis CITY SC in the opening match of its 2023 Major League Soccer season at Q2 Stadium. Sebastián Driussi scored for the fifth-consecutive home match, and Jon Gallagher recorded Austin’s second.
St. Louis took the lead in the 24th minute through Tim Parker, who bundled in a corner kick from Eduard Löwen.
The Verde & Black battled back at the very end of the first half. Leo Väisänen played a long ball over the top, and Driussi brought it down before cleverly chipping St. Louis goalkeeper Roman Bürki to level the score.
Austin continued to show attacking intent early in the second half, and Gallagher popped up in the 72nd minute to put the hosts in front. Taking a pass from Diego Fagundez, Gallagher – who had just come onto the field moments before – fired an accurate low strike in off the far post.
The scoreline would flip again though, with the visitors finding an equalizer of their own six minutes later through Jared Stroud. João Klauss then scored the game-winner for St. Louis in the 86th minute. Austin hit the crossbar in stoppage time, but ultimately fell to a defeat.
- STL (0-1) – Tim Parker (assisted by Eduard Löwen) 24’
- ATX (1-1) – Sebastián Driussi (assisted by Leo Väisänen) 45+4’
- ATX (2-1) – Jon Gallagher (assisted by Diego Fagundez) 72’
- STL (2-2) – Jared Stroud (unassisted) 78’
- STL (2-3) – João Klauss (assisted by Nicholas Gioacchini, Eduard Löwen) 86’
Austin FC will play its second home match and second match overall of the 2023 Major League Soccer regular season against CF Montréal on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will stream live in English, Spanish, and French on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app. An MLS Season Pass subscription is required in order to watch the match.
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.