For the first time, Austin FC and Texas football will play on the same day as the Longhorns kick off their season at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Luckily, the teams play hours—and countries—apart this Saturday as Austin FC heads to Vancouver, but plenty of fans will stick to tailgates and watch parties right here in the city.
Here's where to watch both games this weekend:
Official Austin FC watch party- 6406 N I-35 Frontage Rd
Austin FC fans not looking to book a flight can catch all the action at Austin FC's official watch party. Starting at 4 p.m., Pluckers Wing Bar will host an all-day festivity with wings, beer and the team's Verde Van stocked with all the latest merch.
Austin Anthem watch party- 979 Springdale Rd
Austin FC's original fan club Austin Anthem will head to Vancouver this Saturday, but many more will be here in Austin at the Austin Eastciders Collaboratory. Enjoy some iconic Austin-made cider while watching your favorite team play starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.
30+ Pub Clubs
For a more relaxed viewing experience, check out Austin FC's 30+ Pub Partners to see if your neighborhood bar is on the list.
Texas Tailgating: Bevo Blvd, Smokey's Midway and Longhorn City Limits
Even if you're not making your way into Texas Memorial Stadium, there's plenty of action in and around the field to keep you entertained. Eat from 10 of Austin's best food trucks at Hook 'Em Hangout on the stadium's northeast side, enjoy carnival-esque activities on Bevo Blvd and Smokey's Midway, and listen to live music including a headline by Shakey Graves all day at Longhorn City Limits.
For maps, details and more, click here.
Texas Tailgarten at Scholz- 1607 San Jacinto
Starting at 10 a.m., UT's biggest and longest-running tailgate will be back in action at Scholz Biergarten. Live music performances will include DEPARTURE ATX, JD Clark & Stuck In the Mud Band with DJ Island Time performing before the game.
KLBJ and 101.X Texas Tailgates-207 W 18th St
We want to tailgate with YOU for every Texas Home Game! 21+up CAN JOIN THE CELEBRATION in the parking lot of the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. @CoorsLight will be hanging with us all season long with Texas-related football fun, beverages, and more! https://t.co/bGH7pa1F0jpic.twitter.com/oMsNXNtlWC— 93.7 KLBJ FM (@KLBJ937) August 31, 2021
Promo events for two Austin radio stations, KLBJ and 101.X, will take place in the parking lot of the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Follow @KLBJ937 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to enter and enjoy beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka, Mike's Hard Lemonade and more starting at 12:30 p.m.
Other tailgate tents
In addition to the high-profile attractions like Bevo Blvd and Longhorn City Limits, plenty of organizations are offering some public admittance into their tailgate tents. Here's a few:
- Longhorn Tailgaters will be located at the corner of San Jacinto and 17th Street and are open to the public if you join online.
- Horn-Ball Tailgaters, also located at the corner of San Jacinto and 17th Street, offer general admission and season passes on their website.
- The Texas Exes tent offers all-you-can-eat-and-drink passes to Texas Exes members and their friends/family for $75 per person. Live music and cocktails are included. Click here for more information.
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Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.
Austin FC, which has flirted with the top spot in the MLS West this season, has now solidly reached the summit just a year after its second-to-last first season finish. The new top dogs are now 7-2-3 overall.
Here's a look at three highlights from the match:
Flashback in LA
For many Austin FC fans and naysayers alike, the match was more than a fight for the MLS West throne: it also served as a symbol of how far the team has come.
The two clubs first met on the Banc of America pitch as Austin FC saw its first game and first loss all at once in a 2-0 battle last April. It was an exciting but shaky start to the club's first season, and the loss seemed to set the tone for the rest of its inaugural year as the club dipped to second to last in the conference.
If Austin's first season was hallmarked by its first match, then its second-year success was foretold by its back-to-back five-goal victories to kick off the season.
Since then, the club has battled its own first-year shadow, claims of "bonus games" and a few unexpected obstacles—both on and off the pitch—but it has almost always come out on top.
That fight to the top was fully realized Wednesday, even as the club played its toughest opponent yet. Even with a man down in the middle due to Daniel Pereira's red card last game, the club kept its cool through even the trickiest moments of the match. Jhojan Valencia, who patched the Pereira hole in midfield, got his first MLS start and first MLS assist as Ruben Gabrielsen scored the first goal of the game.
Gabrielsen came to Austin FC as a potential hero for the team's center back position, but the club's resident Viking has already nabbed two goals in his first season with the team.
"That's center forward material," Austin FC announcer Adrian Healey said as Gabrielsen took control of Valencia's pass, paused to fake out the defense, and calmly tucked the ball into the left corner to complete the first goal of the match.
Even as LAFC dominated possession for much of the match, Austin FC saw another wide-open goal opportunity crumble as midfielder Diego Fagundez's shot hit the corner goalpost in the 23rd minute.
But Fagundez wasn't finished. The midfielder was short on his Verde hair dye but full of surprises as he nimbly sunk a shot over LAFC defense to make it 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Fagundez, who has spent more time setting up goals for his teammates (becoming the No. 1 assister in the MLS in the process), finally took the center stage with his second goal this season.
Owen Wolff, head coach Josh Wolff's own son, had a scoring opportunity of his own foiled by the goalpost as he started his first MLS match as one of the youngest starters in the league this season.
But Austin FC wouldn't score again; instead, LAFC powerhouse Carlos Vela made the win a bit trickier in the 86th minute as he got past Austin keeper Brad Stuver to cut the lead in half. The other Wolff quickly subbed in a five-prong defense as the club kept steady for the final 10 painstaking minutes to win the match.
BONUS: Stuver's career-making match
Six saves on the night in LA for Brad Stuver! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/02V6hcUd3Y— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 19, 2022
After two weeks on the bench due to a knee gash, Austin's star keeper Brad Stuver had the Stuver-iest match of all time (yes, we're making it a word) as he pulled off six saves to help his team to No. 1.
Stuver looked like a pinball machine as he pulled off save after save with his feet, hands and body to keep it nearly 100% clean on the back end.
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