Austin FC fell 2-1 to Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at Shell Energy Stadium.
The Verde & Black scored the opening goal with a header from Gyasi Zardes, assisted by a powerful long cross from Nick Lima in the 22nd minute. This marks Zardes' 100th career goal in MLS and his third consecutive MLS match with a goal. Houston managed to score an equalizer in the 37th minute when Héctor Herrera found a loose ball in the box and shot it into the bottom left corner.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver made a crucial save in the 57th minute, making a diving save on a shot from Herrera to keep the score tied at 1-1. Maxi Urruti’s shot in the 79th minute came close to giving Austin the lead, but his shot sailed just wide of the post. Houston found the late game-winner in the 87th minute after a corner kick got lost in the box and Iván Franco was able to push the ball into the back of the net.
ATX (0-1) – Gyasi Zardes (assisted by Nick Lima, Sofiane Djeffal) 22’
HOU (1-1) – Héctor Herrera (unassisted) 37’
HOU (2-1) – Iván Franco (assisted by Daniel Steres, Héctor Herrera) 87’
Austin FC will play its eighth home match and fifteenth match overall of the 2023 Major League Soccer regular season against Minnesota United FC on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will stream live in English and Spanish on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app. An MLS Season Pass subscription is required in order to watch.
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.