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Texas Derby: Austin FC searching for Lone Star sweep after 3-1 Houston Dynamo win

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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

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.

Second-half success

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.


Remembering Queen Elizabeth's 'Texas Swing' and Austin visit
photo courtesy Lee Cooke

Mayor Lee Cooke and his wife Barbara welcome Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II at Bergstrom Air Force Base, May 21, 1991

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II Thursday, many Austinites are treasuring their personal memories of her from a May 1991 visit to Austin with her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“I remember it well,” then Mayor Lee Cooke told Austonia in a Thursday phone call. “It was her first trip to Texas. I welcomed her, with my wife Barbara Cooke, when she got off the plane at Bergstrom Air Force Base (now ABIA). We went to the Capitol where I presented her with the key to the city” while Governor Ann Richards and Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock looked on.

“We hosted a dinner for the Queen that night at the LBJ Library, with Lady Bird Johnson,” Cooke said, noting that the Queen was “congenial and easy to talk to,” while her husband, who Mayor Cooke took on a tour of electronics manufacturing plants, “was not one for small talk.”

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