A 96th-minute goal from Carter Manley saw Austin FC fall to a 2-1 defeat against San Antonio FC in the Club’s first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday night at Toyota Field.
The hosts gave a solid account of themselves throughout the first half. The two sides battled hard but genuine chances were hard to come by. The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell the Verde & Black’s way in the 27th minute when Danny Hoesen got behind the defense. The forward's shot rebounded off the post and fell for Diego Fagundez, whose effort on the doorstep was somehow stopped amid a goalmouth scramble.
Fagundez was not to be denied though, and broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the second half. After receiving a pass from Sebastián Driussi, Fagundez slipped past his defender and fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net.
One of the USL Championship’s top teams, SAFC continued to push and found an equalizer through Elliot Collier in the 82nd minute. The match then went to extra time as neither side was able to find a winner in the closing stages of regulation.
San Antonio goalkeeper Jordan Farr made a quality save to keep Fagundez from restoring Austin’s lead in the 94th minute, and SAFC took the lead moments later via a header from Manley. ATXFC were unlucky not to find an equalizer of their own in the 110th minute when Felipe’s header glanced off the crossbar, and ultimately saw their Open Cup campaign come to an end on the night.
- PROLIFIC PAIR: Sebastián Driussi and Diego Fagundez have assisted each other on three goals in eight matches this year. Between them, the pair have a combined 15 goal contributions.
- BONUS SOCCER: The match was the first to feature extra time in ATXFC’s short history.
- QUICK TURNAROUND: The Verde & Black are back in action in less than 72 hours, the shortest time between matches so far this season.
Austin FC will play its fifth home match and eighth match overall of the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 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 regional TV broadcast on UniMás Austin, as well as 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.