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Austin FC Beats LAFC 2-1 to Reclaim Top Spot in MLS Standings

May 19, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Austin FC News Release


Los Angeles, CA - Goals from Ruben Gabrielsen and Diego Fagundez pushed Austin FC to a 2-1 away win over Los Angeles FC on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. The result sees ATXFC reclaim first place in both the MLS Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace, and the Verde & Black took the lead 13 minutes in through Gabrielsen. Following a corner kick, Jhojan Valencia did well to win the ball back and find Gabrielsen. The Norwegian defender took an excellent touch to control and picked his spot at the far post.

Brad Stuver came up with a key double save to preserve Austin's advantage four minutes later, denying LAFC star Carlos Vela's ferocious follow-up strike from an initial stop. ATXFC was then inches away from a second goal when Fagundez's shot rocketed off the crossbar.

In the second half, Austin went into game management mode, and did so very effectively. Stuver made more critical saves on multiple occasions, and ATXFC added another goal in brilliant fashion on 80 minutes. Sebastián Driussi played Fagundez in behind with a clever rabona, and this time Fagundez made no mistake with the finish.

LAFC pulled a goal back with a late Vela penalty kick, setting up a nerve-wracking finish. But the Verde & Black held firm to claim one of the most significant victories in Club history.

Goal-Scoring Summary

ATX (0-1) - Ruben Gabrielsen (assisted by Jhojan Valencia) 13'

ATX (0-2) - Diego Fagundez (assisted by Sebastián Driussi) 80'

LAFC (1-2) - Carlos Vela (penalty kick) 86'

Misconduct Summary

ATX - Jhojan Valencia (caution) 37'

LAFC - Kellyn Acosta (caution) 39'

LAFC - José Cifuentes (caution) 39'

ATX - Owen Wolff (caution) 50'

LAFC - Jesus Murillo (caution) 63'

ATX - Brad Stuver (caution) 85'

ATX - Sebastián Driussi (caution) 89'

ATX - Kipp Keller (caution) 90+7'

Media Assets (courtesy of Austin FC)

Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff and Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver press conference

Los Angeles FC vs. Austin FC Match Highlights - May 18, 2022

Boxscore

Los Angeles FC vs. Austin FC | Bank of California Stadium (Los Angeles, CA) | May 18, 2022

Lineups

Austin FC: Brad Stuver, Žan Kolmanič (Jon Gallagher 75'), Ruben Gabrielsen, Julio Cascante, Nick Lima (Kipp Keller 76'), Jhojan Valencia (Felipe 64'), Alex Ring ©, Sebastián Driussi, Diego Fagundez (Danny Hoesen 90+3'), Maxi Urruti, Owen Wolff (Ethan Finlay 64')

Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, Hector Jimenez, Moussa Djitté, Rodney Redes

Head Coach: Josh Wolff

TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 20; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 6

Los Angeles FC: Maxime Crepeau, Jesus Murillo (Mamadou Fall 69'), Diego Palacios, Sebastien Ibeagha, Ilie Sanchez, Latif Blessing (Francisco Ginella 45+1'), Jose Cifuentes, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Vela ©, Kwadwo Opoku (Brian Rodriguez 69'), Danny Musovski (Cristian Arango 46')

Substitutes not used: John McCarthy, Cal Jennings, Doneil Henry

Head Coach: Steve Cherundolo

TOTAL SHOTS: 18; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 16; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 14; SAVES: 0

Match Information

Referee: Armando Villarreal

Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson

Assistant Referee 2: Mike Rottersman

4th Official: Tim Ford

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Assistant VAR: Eric Weisbrod

Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

Statistical Source: MLSSoccer.com / Opta

Next Match

Austin FC will play its seventh home match and thirteenth match overall of the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season against Orlando City SC on Sunday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The match will feature a regional TV broadcast in English language on KBVO (MyNetworkTV), 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.


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