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Tacoma Defiance Defeats Austin FC II 3-1 in Season Opener

March 15, 2024 - MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
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Tacoma Defiance's Faysal Bettache versus Austin FC II's CJ Fodrey
Tacoma Defiance's Faysal Bettache versus Austin FC II's CJ Fodrey
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AUSTIN, TEXAS - Tacoma Defiance defeated Austin FC II 3-1 in the opening match of its 2024 MLS NEXT Pro campaign. Stuart Hawkins, Faysal Bettache and Gio Miglietti all scored Tacoma, as the club knocked off the defending MLS NEXT Pro Cup champion at Parmer Field.

After Austin's Sebastian Pineau saw his second yellow and was sent off early in the second half, Hawkins scored in the 67th minute, getting his head on a rebounded shot and redirecting it into the back of the net. Bettache doubled Tacoma's lead in the 75th minute, receiving a ball from Georgi Minoungou at the top of the area and lacing a left-footed shot into the far corner of the goal.

After Austin pulled one back in the 83rd minute, Miglietti iced the match in second-half stoppage time, finishing a pass from Kalani Kossa-Rienzi past the outstretched leg of Austin's Marcus Alstrup.

Following the result, Tacoma returns to Starfire Stadium next week for its home opener against Colorado Rapids 2 on Sunday, March 24 (7:00 p.m. PT / Apple TV).


Tacoma Defiance 3 - Austin FC II 1

Friday, March 15, 2024

Venue: Parmer Field

Referee: Melvin Rivas

Assistants: Bill Bolsen, Jason Guillen

Fourth official: Sean Caouette

Weather: 65 degrees and mostly cloudy


TAC - Stuart Hawkins 67'

TAC - Faysal Bettache (Georgi Minoungou) 75'

ATX - Bryan Arellano 83'

TAC - Gio Miglietti (Kalani Kossa-Rienzi) 90+4'


ATX - Alonso Ramírez (caution) 32'

ATX - Sebastien Pineau (caution) 48'

TAC - Stuart Hawkins (caution) 49'

ATX - Sebastien Pineau (ejection) 52'

ATX - Micah Burton (caution) 70'

TAC - Owen O'Malley (caution) 77'

ATX - Steeve Louis Jean (caution) 90+7'


Tacoma Defiance - Lars Helleren; Kalani Kossa-Rienzi, Antino Lopez, Stuart Hawkins, Travian Sousa; Frank Daroma, Sota Kitahara (Owen O'Malley 64'); Burke Fahling, Faysal Bettache - captain, Georgi Minoungou (Gio Miglietti 77'); Yu Tsukanome (Elias Katsaros 85')

Substitutes not used: Trevor Wilson, Pedro, Chris Aquino, Sebastian Gomez

Total shots: 13

Shots on goal: 7

Fouls: 16

Offside: 3

Corner-kicks: 6

Saves: 3

Austin FC II - Marcus Alstrup; Steeve Louis Jean, Antonio Gomez, Salvatore Mazzaferro, Anthony De Anda; Alonso Ramírez, Micah Burton, Bryan Arellano (Christopher Garcia 84'); Anthony Garcia (Jonathan Santillian 64'), Sébastien Pineau, CJ Fodrey

Substitutes not used: Aaron Cervantes, Joah Reyna, Luke Spadafora, Mason Miller, Drake Fournier, Gavin Wolff

Total shots: 8

Shots on goal: 5

Fouls: 20

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 4

Saves: 4


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Tacoma Defiance's Faysal Bettache versus Austin FC II's CJ Fodrey
Tacoma Defiance's Faysal Bettache versus Austin FC II's CJ Fodrey


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