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Three takeaways from Austin FC's hot-and-cold 2-2 draw to the San Jose Earthquakes

Maxi Urruti scored his first goal for Austin FC with a highlight-worthy one-touch kick to the back of the net Saturday. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Despite a masterful first goal by Maxi Urruti, Austin FC gave up two goals in two minutes to take its second draw in a row against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

The club's hard work was thwarted by missed opportunities and late-game mistakes as the club took home its second draw in a row. Still, the Verde and Black took home a point and sits precariously at third place in the West, ending a 10-game losing streak on the road with the 2-2 match.

Here are three takeaways from another tumultuous Austin FC draw:

Urruti with a beauty

In a few short weeks, new striker Maxi Urruti has already established himself as a clear starter for the team, and that title was solidified in style with a risky one-touch flick to score his first goal in Verde.

Urruti's goal got the points going for Austin FC, while Sebastian Driussi followed as he faked out the San Jose goalie with ease in a penalty kick to score his fourth goal of the season.

But it's Urruti's highlight-worthy goal that will be remembered most from the draw, even if some of that sheen was marred by two San Jose goals in two minutes to finish out the match.

With the goal, the 31-year-old MLS veteran became the first person to score for all three Texas teams.

Austin FC has a consistency problem

If Austin FC's last draw was characterized by a sloppy start and comeback finish, this game showed the opposite.

While Austin FC held on just long enough to keep a point in the match, the stat board revealed that the match could have easily turned in San Jose's favor.

The Verde and Black seemed to take a rare step back in the game and held on to the ball less than the home team. Meanwhile, San Jose used Austin's apparent lack of stamina to retake the match. The Earthquakes dominated the stats in shots, passing and shooting accuracy, crosses, corners and more, while Austin's Brad Stuver kept it even with nine saves by the end of the game.

Too often, Austin's games appear to be a tale of two halves, and this match continues that trend.

Mistakes, including plenty of missed opportunities and Nick Lima's foul in the box that led to a San Jose goal, kept the team from solidifying the dominance that characterized the club's first two matches of the season, while fatigued starters and late-game subs seemed to struggle to keep up with the pace of the game as the Earthquakes took back the match.

Is the #WolffOut crowd back?

Whispers of the #WolffOut crowd may have never left, but for the first time since last season, the most head coach-hating extremists of the Austin FC fanbase were back in full swing after the 2-2 draw.

Their reasoning, once again, comes down to head coach Josh Wolff's substitution decisions. In the 61st minute, goalscorer Maxi Urruti was subbed out of the match, while hustlers Ethan Finlay and Diego Fagundez were swapped for Rodney Redes and Jared Stroud.

San Jose's fateful first goal came just three minutes later. While it's unfair to say the substitutions were solely to blame for the match's results, the head-scratching moves did seem reminiscient of other, far more catastrophic matches last season.

It's important to note, however, that Designated Player Cecilio Dominguez was unavailable in the match, and a third-place slot in the West may seem hard to criticize. Still, plenty of fans vented their frustrations to Wolff, the team and more as another apparent win slipped through the club's grasp.


‘Like speed dating of cats’ at Purr-fecto Cat Lounge
Purr-fecto Cat Lounge

Lina Martinez with her newly adopted cat, Emmanuel, who she renamed Sullivan.

Timmy and Tommy are ready to play.

As the 2-month-old white-and-tabby brothers swat feather wands, chase toys and generally hold court inside Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, a half-dozen potential adoptive parents look on lovingly, trying to get their attention.

“This is kind of like the speed dating of cats,” said Lupita Foster, owner of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge. “I intentionally didn’t put in any tables. That’s why we call it a lounge instead of a cat café because we have these lounge areas where you can sit and relax and cuddle.”

Foster, who has owned a cleaning company, Enviromaids, for 18 years, was inspired to open Purr-fecto Cat Lounge after adopting her own cat, Romeo, from a local shelter.

“When you want to adopt a cat, you have to spend a lot of time with them to get their personality,” Foster said. “I wanted to do something to help the community and something that makes me feel good, that warms my heart. A business with a purpose. This was a perfect idea.”

Actually, a purr-fect idea.

Inspired in part by a cat lounge she visited in Los Angeles, Foster began laying the groundwork for the business in late 2021 and officially opened the doors of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, located at 2300 S. Lamar Blvd., in July 2022. Since then, she’s worked with rescue organizations such as Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue and Sunshine Fund Cat Rescue to facilitate nearly 100 cat adoptions.

At any given time, there are 10-15 cats living in the space, which features an ideal blend of calm, cool corners and adorably Instagrammable backdrops with phrases such as “I want to spend all my 9 lives with you.”

Lina Martinez, 32, learned about Purr-fecto Cat Lounge from a friend’s Instagram post and made an appointment to visit two days later.

“My first impression was, ‘AWW!’” Martinez said. “The kittens were to die for. I felt happy and at peace – just what I needed.”

Visitors to the cat lounge pay $15 for a 30-minute CATXperience session or $30 for a 70-minute session that is spent getting to know the personalities of each cat. Foster said the first thing she typically sees from visitors to the lounge is a smile.

“Everybody that enters the door is smiling,” she said. “And we’ve seen people who have cried because they can’t have kids and they decide to go and adopt a cat instead.”

Foster said she loves bringing in cats who might not have a chance to be adopted at traditional shelters. She told the story of one cat named Izzy, who was partially blind, who was adopted by a family that had a deaf cat at home.

“Izzy was not going to get adopted anywhere else, but she’s extremely beautiful,” she said. “If she was in a cage in a rescue and you tell people she’s blind, she was probably going to be overlooked. But visiting our space, she doesn’t seem like she’s blind. She knows her way around. She moves around perfectly.”

Although Martinez, who had been casually looking for a pet to adopt since moving to Austin nearly four years ago, was interested in a cat named Ruby that she had seen on Purr-fecto’s social media, at the lounge she instead found herself drawn to 5-month-old mixed breed Tuxedo cat.

“I thought he was a star,” she said. “He worked the room and introduced himself to everyone. When I laid down to pet Ruby, he ran from the other side of the room and cuddled with me. It was game over. He got me.”

And she, of course, got him, complete with a commemorative photo that read “My Furrever Family” the day she took him home. Although his original name was Emmanuel, she renamed him Sullivan after her favorite DJ.

“Purr-fecto is special because of the amount of effort and love they put into taking care of the cats,” Martinez said, “and finding them good homes and making possible adopters feel at home.”

Foster, who spent a recent Thursday hosting a group of teenagers in foster care at the lounge, several of whom expressed interest in working there, said the best part about her new endeavor is that her heart is always full.

“I just feel complete,” she said. “I always felt as an entrepreneur that I was missing something. I knew I accomplished a lot, but in my heart I was missing a little connection with the community. Now I’m creating connections between humans and pets and that’s amazing. I’m creating family bonds. It’s just about love, you know. And we need that.”

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