Despite going down to 10 men prior to halftime, Austin FC rallied to record a 1-0 away win over CF Montréal on Saturday night at Stade Saputo, courtesy of a 67th-minute goal from Maxi Urruti. The result moves Austin FC into second place in the MLS Western Conference.
Scoring chances were hard to come by for both sides in the first half. Each team went close once: Sebastián Driussi’s shot went inches wide of the post in the 19th minute, and Brad Stuver made a smart stop to deny Kei Kamara later on.
The Verde & Black were then dealt a blow just before the break, when Dani Pereira was sent off for a second yellow card offense.
Stuver made another incredible save on Kamara early in the second half, diving to his right to deny the striker from point-blank range. Austin nearly took the lead in stunning fashion in the 58th minute, when Diego Fagundez fired a powerful shot off the post after Driussi picked him out with a through ball.
However, it wouldn’t take much longer for the Verde & Black to open the scoring. An excellent Jon Gallagher cross from the left flank found Urruti, who took a quality touch to control the ball and finished with a delicate chip over the onrushing Montréal goalkeeper Sebastian Breza.
After grabbing the lead, the team put in a stalwart defensive shift to protect it. In the final minutes, Stuver recorded his third key stop of the match, scrambling to tip a blocked shot from squirming over the goalline. Austin maintained its advantage until the final whistle to earn its fourth away win of the season.
- MAXI'S MAGIC: Urruti’s goal was the 21st game-winning goal of his career, making him just the 29th player in MLS history to reach that mark. It also moved the Argentine into 10th place in career goals among active MLS players.
- BESTING THE EAST: Austin FC remains unbeaten through five matches against Eastern Conference opponents, with a record of 4-1-0 this season.
- NORTH OF THE BORDER: The Club won in Canada (and outside the United States) for the first time in its history.
Austin FC will play its eighth home match and sixteenth match overall of the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season against FC Dallas on Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. CT. The match will feature a regional TV broadcast in English language on KNVA (The CW Austin), as well as a livestream on AustinFC.com and the Austin FC app.
In Spanish language, the match will feature a livestream on UnivisionAustin.com and the Univision Austin app.
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.