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Austin FC closes out La Copita with 5-1 win in front of dedicated Verde fans
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Having a closed-door scrimmage wasn't enough to stop proud Verde fans, who watched from outside the gates of St. David's Performance Center as Austin FC defeated USL team San Antonio FC 5-1 to close out La Copita.


Austin FC tallied five goals in their first La Copita win, with forward Cecilio Dominguez scoring two goals, and forward Danny Hoesen, midfielder Tomas Pochettino and midfielder Alex Ring contributing one goal each.

The club finished out La Copita, which saw the three Texas MLS teams go head-to-head for the first time, with a 1-1-1 record.

Dominguez kicked off ATXFC's lead early in the scrimmage with a goal in the third minute of play, while Hoesen doubled the lead with a header in the 15th minute.

Pochettino put ATXFC up by three off a free kick in the 35th minute, and San Antonio FC responded for the first time in the scrimmage four minutes later.

Austin FC ended the first half with a 4-1 lead after Dominguez scored again in the 44th minute of play, while Ring put the final ball in the back of the net off a penalty kick in the 54th minute.

While midfielder Xan Kolmanic was able to make it to Austin and take to the pitch for the first time, forward Rodney Redes was out on injury due to a "ding" in his knee, head coach Josh Wolff said. Wolff said forward Aaron Schoenfield was also out on knee injury and may be on the bench for a little while.

ATXFC will have one final test against the Rio Grande FC Toros on Sunday before packing up to play their first-ever MLS match at LAFC on Saturday, April 17.

Wolff said that the team will face a big defensive challenge against LAFC.

LAFC has one of the best-attacking teams in the league," Wolff said. "They have some quality in and around goal just as we do, and they will punish you. And they've never been shy of putting up goals. I expect them to be one of the best, if notb the best team in the league this year."

The scrimmage will be even more closed than the ones preceding it- the team hasn't even disclosed what time the match will occur- but all MLS matches will be available on the Austin FC & Q2 Stadium app.

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