March 6, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Austin FC News Release
Austin, TEXAS – In front of a sold-out crowd of 20,738 on Sunday afternoon at Q2 Stadium, Austin FC defeated Inter Miami CF 5-1, spurred on by two-goal performances from Sebastián Driussi and Ethan Finlay. It was the Club’s second-consecutive home victory – and second-consecutive match scoring five goals – to begin the 2022 Major League Soccer season.
The Verde & Black dominated possession in the early stages, and were rewarded for their attacking intent with a pair of goals four minutes apart midway through the first half. Driussi and Diego Fagundez combined to good effect for the second match running, as Driussi met Fagundez’s cross in midair and tucked a clever finish inside the post.
Žan Kolmanič then picked out Julio Cascante from the play following a free kick, and the Costa Rican powered home a header to double ATXFC’s advantage. Brad Stuver stopped Miami from getting a goal back before halftime, making two smart saves.
Austin didn’t let up on the other side of the break, with Driussi netting his second of the match and the Club’s third in the 51st minute from an outside-of-the-boot flick. Miami got on the scoresheet through Leo Campana two minutes later, but Finlay restored the three-goal cushion on 64 minutes, nodding in a cross from Alex Ring.
Finlay rounded off another rampant attacking display with a right-footed rocket to the far post in the 90th minute, and Austin FC remained perfect through the first two matches of the 2022 MLS season.
ATX (1-0) – Sebastián Driussi (assisted by Diego Fagundez, Maxi Urruti) 22′
ATX (2-0) – Julio Cascante (assisted by Žan Kolmanič, Daniel Pereira) 26′
ATX (3-0) – Sebastián Driussi (unassisted) 51′
MIA (3-1) – Leo Campana (assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín) 53′
ATX (4-1) – Ethan Finlay (assisted by Alex Ring, Sebastián Driussi) 64′
ATX (5-1) – Ethan Finlay (assisted by Diego Fagundez) 90′
MIA – Jean Mota (caution) 25′
ATX – Nick Lima (caution) 29′
ATX – Maxi Urruti (caution) 38′
MIA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 42′
ATX – Diego Fagundez (caution) 72′
MIA – Gregore Silva (caution) 76′
MIA – Gonzalo Higuaín (caution) 88′
Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff and Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver press conferences
Austin FC vs. Inter Miami CF | Q2 Stadium (Austin, TX) | March 6, 2022
Austin FC: Brad Stuver, Žan Kolmanič (Jon Gallagher 77′), Kipp Keller (Ruben Gabrielsen 54′), Julio Cascante, Nick Lima, Daniel Pereira (Jhojan Valencia 78′), Alex Ring ©, Sebastián Driussi, Cecilio Domínguez (Ethan Finlay 54′), Maxi Urruti (Moussa Djitté 67′), Diego Fagundez
Substitutes not used: Rodney Redes, Hector Jimenez, Felipe, Andrew Tarbell
Head Coach: Josh Wolff
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 15; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 5
Inter Miami CF: Clément Diop, DeAndre Yedlin, Christopher McVey, Jean Mota (George Acosta 84′), Jairo Quinteros, Noah Allen (Leo Campana 46′), Mo Adams (Robert Taylor 46′), Brek Shea, Gregore Silva ©, Gonzalo Higuaín, Ariel Lassiter (Emerson Rodríguez 79′)
Substitutes not used: Aime Mabika, Drake Callender, Modesto Méndez
Head Coach: Phil Neville
TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 15; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Kieso
Assistant Referee 2: Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Adam Kilpatrick
VAR: Younes Marrakchi
Assistant VAR: Gjovalin Bori
Weather: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees
Statistical Source: MLSSoccer.com / Opta
Austin FC will play its first away match and third match overall of the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 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 regional 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.
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