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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.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway