Austin FC tries to redeem a disappointing draw at home last week.
The club is in the final stretch of securing its first-ever playoff qualification. A win this Saturday at Q2 Stadium against lowly Sporting Kansas City would put them three points closer to that magic number.
It won’t be an easy task as ATX have now drawn 3 of their last 5 matches at Q2 Stadium. The players, the coach, and all 20,738 fans need this home win.
Club captain Alex Ring and goalkeeper Brad Stuver were key factors in a victory against SKC two weeks ago. They’ll need to pick up where they left off to push Austin into the win column again.
With a healthy lineup, and Wolff showing no signs of resting his star players, expect the Verdes to easily push past their record-setting 50-goal mark achieved last week.
Austin FC has played Sporting KC only one other time at Q2 Stadium, resulting in a 3-1 victory for the home side.
Tale of the tape
- Austin FC – 2nd in the Western Conference (GF: 50, GA: 31, Pts: 45)
- Sporting Kansas City – 14th in the Western Conference (GF: 23, GA: 44, Pts: 23)
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Austin FC vs. Sporting KC Kickoff
Sporting ended a three-game skid in a win over the Galaxy last week. While the final result was 4-2, there were moments in that match where SKC commanded a three-goal lead against their California visitors.
That game was a huge boost for Kansas City, especially for a club that is second to last in the league in giving up goals.
For this team to have a chance in the Capital City they’ll need contributions on both sides of the ball — especially from captain Johnny Russel and MLS vet Graham Zusi. In terms of performance in the final third, it falls on the shoulders of Daniel Salloi and the aforementioned Russell. Being their two designated players up top, last in goals won’t cut it against Austin FC.
This game favors Austin in many ways. On top of Kansas City’s lackluster scoring, SKC is dead last in progressive passes, which could prove to be an important stat with Wolff’s style of play. Less pressure on ATX’s midfield and backline gives them an opportunity to be very aggressive on the attack.
It all adds up to SKC’s defense giving up multiple goals to ATX.
Austin FC – 3
Sporting Kansas City – 0
- Out: Freddy Kleemann (left knee)
- Out: Hector Jimenez (left groin)
How to watch Austin FC
Austin will take on Sporting Kansas City at Q2 stadium — 8:08 p.m. (CT) kickoff on August 13.
- Tickets: SeatGeek (Use code CAPCITYSOCCER for $20 off your first purchase.)
- TV: The CW Austin
- Streaming: UniMas Austin (delayed start), Austinfc.com, Austin FC app, UnivisionAustin.com, Univision Austin App, ESPN+ (Out of Market)
- Radio: KASE-FM (Alt 97.5), KLQB-FM(104.3)
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