Danny Hoesen, Sebastián Driussi, and Ruben Gabrielsen each scored in the final 10 minutes as Austin FC erased a two-goal deficit in incredible fashion to earn a 3-2 comeback win against D.C. United on Saturday evening at Audi Field.
Austin nearly opened the scoring 15 minutes into the match. Maxi Urruti plucked the ball off D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, but slipped as he shot and fired over.
11 minutes later, Kamara gave the hosts the lead, finishing from 10 yards out. The Verde & Black thought they’d found the equalizer after the half-hour mark through Diego Fagundez, only to see the goal chalked off for an offside player during the build-up.
Kamara doubled his tally and D.C.’s lead in the 40th minute, with Julian Gressel providing an assist for the second time. Before halftime though, Kamara was sent off for his second yellow card offense, a cynical foul on Sebastián Driussi.
ATXFC displayed improvement throughout the second half, and got a goal back in the 80th minute when Hoesen tucked away an excellent cross from Diego Fagundez. Five minutes later, Driussi popped up at the back post to slam home a cross from Hector Jimenez, and Ruben Gabrielsen headed in the winner in the 90th minute to complete an amazing come-from-behind victory.
- COMEBACK KINGS: Prior to tonight, Austin FC had never come from multiple goals down to win a match. Also, D.C. United had not dropped a single point from a winning position in its last six matches.
- OFF THE MARK: Hoesen’s 80th minute strike was his first goal for ATXFC, kicking off the comeback. Gabrielsen too opened his account with the Club.
- ROAD ROT SNAPPED: The away victory was the Verde & Black’s first since May 1, 2021, and they’ve now earned points in two consecutive away matches.
Austin FC will play its first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Verde & Black enter the tournament in the Third Round, and will face USL Championship club San Antonio FC away at Toyota Field. The match will feature an English language live stream on ESPN+.