Austin FC gave up four unanswered goals to lose soundly to the LA Galaxy on Sunday night.
Fagundez scored the first goal of the match in the 53rd minute only to see LA equalize eight minutes later. Galaxy went on to dominate thanks to a historic performance from super sub Dejan Joveljic.
Following the Verde and Black’s 14th game of the season, Josh Wolff opined on the day’s performance, results in May, the international break, and his thoughts on his son’s play against LA.
Here are highlights of what Austin FC head coach Wolff said in the press conference after the loss.
“It was a good match; a difficult match, obviously. I liked large portions of the game. We controlled large portions of the first half, and certainly the second half leading up to our goal. It’s difficult to see it slip away there. So many good things, so many positives in that first 60 minutes. In three minutes we lose a little bit of control of the game. By and large, the 4-1 scoreline was not reflective of our performance.”
Thoughts on the club’s results in May
“Each game has its own complexities. I think we left some points out there from that standpoint. We left some points on the board…in Salt Lake we took a red card and that changed the dynamic of the game, even though we almost nicked some points. The season is challenging. Every game is difficult. Every opponent is difficult. I don’t look at it as a month. I look at it more as individual games. So, we lost some points in some games. We left some points on the board.”
What lost the game for Austin FC today
“They [LA Galaxy] hit two goals in quick succession and really changed the momentum, changed the tide of the game. A thrown-in and a goal kick kind of cost us as well. There’s little things to each one of the goals [LA scored]. I don’t really pay much attention to the third and fourth goal. A result was there. The performance for 60 minutes was quite solid. Disappointing to lose our grip there.”
Expectations of the players going into the break
“I talked to them [the players]. Clear your heads. Get away from the game. Enjoy the families. Enjoy each other for spending some time together.” Wolff went on to say “They get 4 or 5 days off. I think that’s important. Doesn’t always happen in the schedule that you have a break like this. The games will come thick and fast at the end of June and July. We got a nice friendly [against CF Pachuca] to get us into a game cadence before we play Montreal.”
Wolff’s assessment of his son Owen’s play
“Owen put in an extremely good performance. A 17-year-old kid going against a couple really difficult players on that side. He and Hector [Jimenez] did a good job once they got ahold of positioning, and being able to build pressure. And with the ball, Owen did quite well. And the assist and other actions that he had getting around the corner — that’s what he’s really shown to our staff and again is a reason he’s going to go in the youth national team.”
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