Austin FC took down the Houston Dynamo—including newly-minted Atletico Madrid star Hector Herrera—in a decisive 3-1 win at Q2 Stadium Tuesday night.
The club has secured four wins in a row, including three on the road, and leads the league with 41 goals. The Verde and Black once again sit at the top of the MLS West and will look to sweep their Texas Derby week with a win against FC Dallas Saturday.
Here's a look at the best moments of the match:
11' Houston strikes first
After a 3-0 showout in Atlanta, Austin seemed to take a step back in the first half of the Houston match. The Dynamo picked up on the slack as Adalberto Carrasquilla snuck an easy shot into the opposite corner of goal 11 minutes into the match.
15' Austin bites back
Beautiful from all angles. 😍 pic.twitter.com/tbkeghWi6T— Austin FC (@AustinFC) July 13, 2022
Austin FC quickly found a way to equalize thanks to a quick drive and a yellow card on Houston's Teenage Adebe, which set up a free kick. With one swift shot, Diego Fagundez caught Houston keeper Steve Clark looking as he sailed the ball into the top right corner to tie it up by the 15th minute.
La Flecha VERDE. 🏹 pic.twitter.com/9IPaSzaqSc— Austin FC (@AustinFC) July 13, 2022
The Texas showdown was poised for a draw going into the second half. But even as international star Herrera was cheered into his second MLS match in the 46th minute, Austin FC managed to retake control of the match.
After two near-miss headers, Austin's Sebastian Driussi forced the ball into the visitor's box before passing it out to Maxi Urruti, who pulled a mirror-image on Houston with a shot to the opposite corner to take the lead.
In a true teamwork goal, Austin FC Captain Alex Ring then sealed the win as he headed in a cross from Ethan Finlay to finish the match 3-1.
Austin is one of the top metro areas where homebuyer income saw the greatest surge during the pandemic and it came at a cost to locals.
A new analysis by real estate services firm Redfin reports that affluent out-of-towers have contributed to surging home prices in metros like Austin. Due to this trend, Redfin notes, many local buyers with lower incomes have been priced out.
“For white-collar workers earning high salaries, remote work is a huge financial boon,” said Sheharyar Bokhari, Redfin senior economist. Jobs with that flexibility, Bokhari says, enable them to move from a tech hub like San Francisco to a more affordable part of the country where they can get more home for their money and even put some toward a rainy day fund.
“It can have the opposite effect on locals in those destinations–especially renters–who are watching from the sidelines as home prices skyrocket while their income stays mostly the same,” Bokhari said.
In Austin, the median homebuyer income surged 19% from 2019 to 2021, ultimately reaching $137,000. In that time, the median home price growth was 48%, just behind Boise, Idaho which was more than 50%.
But the housing market is starting to slow. Redfin says high mortgage rates and unsustainable price growth have driven demand down. In fact, Austin is among the 20 housing markets that have cooled the fastest in the first half of this year.
“People are still moving in from California and they still have enough money to buy nice homes in desirable neighborhoods, sometimes with all cash,” said Austin Redfin agent Gabriel Recio. “But the days of homes selling for 25% over asking price with multiple offers are over. Buyers are no longer as eager now that mortgage rates are up and there’s buzz in the air about the slowing housing market.”
As a result, Recio says, local and out-of-town buyers have an opportunity to buy a home at the asking price or even under.
Redfin carried out its analysis using data from the home mortgage disclosure act to review median household incomes for homebuyers who took out a mortgage, though it doesn’t include buyers who paid using all cash.
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School is back in session—do you know the latest TikTok trends?
With Austin ISD resuming session on Monday, school officials are keeping tabs on the newest TikTok trends that could pose classroom disruptions and property damage.
TikTok trends swept through Austin-area schools last year with the “Devious Lick” challenge, which encouraged students to steal from school property and reportedly caused $15,000 in damages at Round Round ISD; and the “slap a staff member” challenge.
On the distraction end, a substitute teacher was dismissed from Bowie High School in December after bringing in a karaoke machine to class and singing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for the class on TikTok.
Officials told KXAN they are staying aware of the trends as they change during the 2022-2023 school year and the district will investigate perceived threats. Since TikTok trends vary in severity, they will also evaluate to see which trends could cause harm or not.
Finally, the school district said it does not tolerate violence or bullying and will focus its efforts on protecting students both physically and digitally.