Player Performances After Matchday 20: Austin FC vs Inter Miami

Austin FC traveled to DRV PNK Park to face the Messi-less Inter Miami. Austin was hopeful for three against a bottom-table team but ended with just a point after drawing 1-1.

The game started slowly, as the score was 0-0 at halftime, with few shots given by either squad. But, in the early minutes of the second half, both teams scored, with Miami striking first and Nick Lima and Austin responding just minutes later.

Overall, it was a game against a weak-looking team that we seemed to play down to and didn’t play with the same sense of urgency we saw in the Copa Tejas matches last week.

The starting XI stayed the same; the only change was Alex Ring returning from injury and starting as Aleksandar Radovanovic left after his loan ended with ATXFC.

Austin FC Starting XI vs Miami
Austin FC Starting XI vs Miami | 7.1.23

Who Is Stepping Up?

This game could have had a different result if it wasn’t for the great performance by Brad Stuver. He stayed calm and made crucial saves throughout the night, ending with seven saves.

The lone goal came on a strike by Nick Lima. This is the defender’s first goal of the season, and it came right after conceding a goal. Nice to see Lima get his goal.

Alex Ring played well before being taken out in the 53rd minute. He had a few crucial blocks on balls in scoring position that saved some scoring chances. Julio Cascante was also very solid on the night.

Sebastian Driussi didn’t play well early in the match but recovered, delivered some nice passes, and had himself a few scoring chances. He looked good in attack during stretches of the match.

Austin FC YETI

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Who Is Dropping Off?

Gyasi Zardes was invisible as he left the field with zero shots on target and only 12 touches on the night. He has been taking advantage of his chances as of late, but this match he didn’t even get into those chances.

Ethan Finlay and Diego Fagundez both had rough nights as they failed to win the ball consistently and only created one chance of the night, which was a close shot by Diego. Both players, who have been on the rise, didn’t perform as well here.

Maxi Urruti and Emiliano Rigoni both came in as super subs, right? Wrong. Both came in with fresh legs, but couldn’t produce chances to take a late lead. Both players feel like players who have been stuck underperforming.

The guys take the road on Saturday to visit Allianz Field as they look to get points against Minnesota United. The match starts at 7:30 pm.

Were you satisfied with a point in Miami? Do you believe we can win in Minnesota? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. I didn’t get to watch the game because of work, but my son filled me in. More of the same. Rigoni is a huge disappointment, can’t figure out if it’s him or the system. Diego the same, never thought he was good one on one.
    I think our style restricts or players from being creative. #Wolffout⚽🍻

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