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Austin FC Ties Nashville FC, Clinches Home-Field Advantage

September 18, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Austin FC News Release


Austin, TEXAS - Austin FC secured home-field advantage for the first round of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 1-1 draw against Nashville SC on Saturday night at Q2 Stadium. Sebastián Driussi scored his 21st goal of the season in the 61st-minute, second-most in MLS.

The first half passed without either side recording a shot on target. In the first minute of the second half, Jhojan Valencia clipped the crossbar with a swerving strike from distance, and Dax McCarty did the same for Nashville six minutes later.

Hany Mukhtar then won and converted a penalty kick in the 56th-minute to give Nashville the lead, but the lead did not last long. Diego Fagundez's corner picked out Driussi at the back post, and the Argentine finished the chance.

Both sides created opportunities late on, but neither was able to score a winner, with the match ending level.

Goal-Scoring Summary

NSH (0-1) - Hany Mukhtar (penalty kick) 56'

ATX (1-1) - Sebastián Driussi (assisted by Moussa Djitté, Diego Fagundez) 61'

Media Assets

Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff press conference

Austin FC vs. Nashville SC Match Highlights - September 17, 2022

Lineups

Austin FC: Brad Stuver, Jon Gallagher, Ruben Gabrielsen © (Julio Cascante 70'), Jhohan Romaña, Nick Lima, Jhojan Valencia (Dani Pereira 59'), Owen Wolff (Alex Ring 59'), Sebastián Driussi, Emiliano Rigoni (Diego Fagundez 59'), Moussa Djitté (Maxi Urruti 87'), Ethan Finlay

Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, Hector Jimenez, Felipe, Žan Kolmanič

Head Coach: Josh Wolff

TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 0

Nashville SC: Joe Willis, Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Jack Maher, Shaq Moore, Dax McCarty © (Eric Miller 86'), Hany Mukhtar, Jacob Shaffelburg (Alex Muyl 70'), Sean Davis, Randall Leal (Brian Anunga 86'), CJ Sapong (Teal Bunbury 79')

Substitutes not used: Elliot Panicco, Ake Loba, Ethan Zubak, Taylor Washington, Luke Haakenson

Head Coach: Gary Smith

TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 8; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1

Match Information Referee: Lukasz Szpala Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Bigelow 4th Official: Ismir Pekmic VAR: Jorge Gonzalez Assistant VAR: Joshua Patlak Weather: Clear, 87 degrees Attendance: 20,738 Statistical source: MLSsoccer.com / Opta

Next Match

Austin FC will play its 17th away match and 33rd match overall of the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. CT. The match will feature a regional TV broadcast in English language on MyNetworkTV (KBVO), as well as a livestream on AustinFC.com and the Austin FC app.

In Spanish language, the match will feature livestreams on UnivisionAustin.com, the Univision Austin app, AustinFC.com and the Austin FC 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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