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Rigoni's Late Winner Lifts Austin FC to 1-0 Victory Over Houston Dynamo FC

April 20, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
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Houston, TEXAS - Two (2) substitutes combined for a late goal to lift Austin FC to a 1-0 away victory over Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday night at Shell Energy Stadium, as CJ Fodrey set up Emiliano Rigoni for an 86th-minute match-winning goal. The assist was the first of Fodrey's MLS career, and the victory means Austin has now won 6 of 9 all-time meetings against Houston.

Houston turned on the pressure early, and Brendan Hines-Ike made a crucial block in the 7th minute to prevent the hosts from taking the lead. The Verde & Black then quickly found their footing, creating three (3) quality chances of their own. The Dynamo responded with an opportunity just before halftime, but a strong save from Brad Stuver kept Houston out. Stuver continued to be solid throughout the game, making six (6) saves in total while keeping his second clean sheet of the season.

As the second half wore on, Head Coach Josh Wolff made several substitutions which helped turn the tide of the match in Austin's favor. In the final moments, Fodrey's flicked header played Rigoni in behind the Houston defense, and the Argentine's accurate low finish to the far post ensured that the Verde & Black claimed all three (3) points.

Goal-Scoring Summary

ATX (0-1) - Emiliano Rigoni (assisted by CJ Fodrey) 86'

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Box Score - Houston Dynamo FC vs. Austin FC | April 20, 2024

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Match Information

Venue: Shell Energy Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 78 degrees

Referee: Rubiel Vazquez

Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt

Assistant Referee 2: Walt Heatherly

Fourth Official: Gerald Flores

VAR: Luis Guardia

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Next Match

Austin FC will play its sixth home match and tenth match overall of the 2024 Major League Soccer regular season against LA Galaxy on Saturday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m. CT. The match will stream live in English and Spanish on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, and will feature national television broadcasts on FOX and FOX Deportes.

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.

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