Maxi Urruti scored a first-half brace and Sebastián Driussi added a league-leading sixth goal of the season as Austin FC cruised to a 3-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night, in front of the Club's 22nd-consecutive MLS sellout crowd of 20,738 at Q2 Stadium. The result completes ATXFC’s first-ever three-match MLS winning streak, and is the Club's first-ever win against Canadian opposition.
The Verde & Black got off to a flying start, taking the lead in the 11th minute. Driussi intercepted a Vancouver backpass and slid the ball to Urruti, who fired in a first-time finish with his right foot.
Urruti doubled his tally and Austin’s advantage 15 minutes later. He received a pass from Alex Ring with his back to goal, turned, and placed a precise strike inside the far post. Despite chances for Vancouver either side of halftime, the ATXFC defense held firm.
Driussi then put the outcome of the match beyond doubt in the 68th minute, heading the ball home after Julio Cascante flicked on a long throw-in from Nick Lima. From there, Austin efficiently saw out a victory which moved the Club into first place in the MLS Supporters' Shield standings, and improved the Verde & Black to 8-1-1 in their last 10 home matches.
- WHITECAPS’ WORST NIGHTMARE: Urruti’s goals were his eighth and ninth in 19 career matches against Vancouver. In MLS history, only one player (Chris Wondolowski) has more goals vs. the Whitecaps.
- DEPENDABLE DIEGO: Diego Fagundez surpassed 20,000 MLS career regular season minutes played on the night, just the 89th player in the league’s history to do so.
- SEEING IT OUT: ATXFC are now unbeaten in their last seven matches (six wins, one draw) when leading at halftime.
Austin FC will play its fourth away match and ninth match overall of the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season against Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. CT. The match will feature a live stream in English language on Twitter (@TUDNUSA).
In Spanish language, the match will feature a national TV broadcast on UniMás and TUDN.
On radio, the match will be broadcast on KASE-FM (ALT 97.5) in English, as well as on TUDN Radio Austin (104.3-HD2, KLQB) in Spanish.