For the first time ever Austin FC is home to an MLS All-Star player.
Sebastian Driussi was among seven midfielders selected to play in the 2022 MLS All-Star Game. The dynamic Argentine attacker was one 1 of 12 players chosen by a combination of fan, media, and player voting — a true gauge of the respect he has earned in his short time in the league.
When Driussi was introduced in ATX on July 29, 2021 we wrote, “The former Zenit St. Petersburg and River Plate player lands in Austin with a tall task in front of him — unlock one of the most log-jammed attacks in all of MLS and facilitate the free-flowing football Head Coach Josh Wolff’s struggled to implement, save for a few flashes here and there.”
He has certainly done that and so much more.
Since Driussi Dior made his Verde debut, the club’s goals-per-match average improved significantly, rising from 0.81 to 1.61. In 2,076 minutes played this season, he ranks No. 1 in MLS with 16 goals scored. He’s certainly worth every penny of his $2.3 million salary.
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Along with his teammates, Sebastian has lifted Austin FC to the top of the Supporters Shield race, after finishing 12th in the West last season.
“I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches. Without them, none of my individual success or our success as a team would be possible. I’m excited to represent Austin in Minnesota next month.”– Sebastian Driussi
Driussi will compete against the Liga MX All-Star team on Aug. 10 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For more information about the MLS All-Star Game, and other All-Star events leading up to the match, visit MLSSoccer.com.
MLS All-Star team snubs
It’s a slap in the face for league-leading Los Verdes to only get one player on the All-Star roster. LAFC, which trail ATX in the league standings after 20 games, has three players with invitations to Minnesota.
While MLS Golden Boot candidate Driussi was a clear choice for the 2022 All-Star team, at least two other Austin players were snubbed this year.
Diego Fagundez and Alex Ring deserve an All-Star roster spot for not only what they have done to turn the team around this season, but their significant accomplishments over their MLS career.
The 2022 All-Star roster should have an asterisk for leaving out Fagundez and Ring.
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