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Deja vu at Q2! Austin FC defeats Portland Timbers 3-1

Austin FC saw double at Q2 Stadium as they beat the Portland Timbers once more in a 3-1 comeback victory. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Just as they did seven weeks before, Austin FC saw double at Q2 Stadium as they beat the Portland Timbers once more in a 3-1 comeback win on Saturday.

The team, which previously beat the Timbers 4-1 in their first victory at Q2 Stadium, took down Portland with three back-to-back-to-back goals in the first half.

Designated Player Cecilio Dominguez got the ball rolling in the 11th minute after earning a penalty kick in the box. Three minutes later, Diego Fagundez, Austin FC's first goal-scorer, converted a cross from Nick Lima with a well-placed header that doubled the lead, and newcomer Sebastian Driussi sealed the deal soon after with his first goal for the team.

Austin FC's three goals also garnered three points in MLS standings, and the club is now tied for last in the Western Conference with the Houston Dynamo after spending weeks at the bottom of the West. The triumphant win quenched a long-running thirst for goalscoring for Austin FC, which still has the fewest goals in the league with 17 this season.

The team started out hot as Cecilio Dominguez nearly found an open space in the box in the seventh minute before taking a tumble with the Timbers' Jose Van Rankin. The play originally wasn't called but soon became Austin FC's first penalty kick of the season as referees awarded the Timbers with a foul upon video review. Dominguez then put it away.

Three minutes later, Fagundez rose to the occasion with a header of his own.

In a frenzied drive that saw touches from Alex Ring, Jon Gallagher and Fagundez once more, new DP recruit Sebastian Driussi got the final goal of the half as the club went into halftime with a 3-0 lead. Driussi, an Argentine forward who previously played professionally in Russia, tallied his first goal with the club after three starts with the team.

The Timbers fought back in the 55th half as Austin keeper Brad Stuver lost a run-in with Portland's David Aspirilla, giving the Timbers their lone goal of the match. But Stuver had far from a poor performance—the All-Star contender made five saves in the match.

The win served as a confidence boost for Austin, whose morale seemed to waver as they fell to the bottom of the conference. Dominguez in particular saw redemption after being benched on Wednesday, while the team got some of their mojo back as they left their run-in with Portland triumphant once more.

The club will take a week off before returning to Q2 to play rival FC Dallas in what the club hopes to be another comeback match on Sunday, August 29.


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