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210 beats 512: Austin FC loses to underdog San Antonio FC in 2-1 upset

San Antonio FC beat Austin FC 2-1 in an underdog upset Wednesday night. (San Antonio FC/Twitter)

We may never know whose tacos truly are better, but one nagging Central Texas question was answered Wednesday as an underdog San Antonio FC beat Austin FC 2-1 in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup at San Antonio's Toyota Stadium Wednesday night.

Austin's shortest road trip ever also produced the club's longest match to date as the MLS and USL sides fought through 120+ minutes of gritty play.

As a higher-division professional team, Austin FC clearly had the upper hand as it entered the match, even when some of Austin's less-experienced players took to the starting pitch.

And it was Austin who struck first, weaving through enemy lines for a clean cross and goal from favorites Sebastian Driussi and Diego Fagundez to start off the second half.

Austin's comfortable lead faltered with a near-goal that was called offsides and finally crumbled as the home team pulled off a close-up pass and shot to tie the game with less than ten minutes left in regulation.

The two were then given thirty more minutes to decide the match, and San Antonio capitalized on that chance early with a double-header shot to score the final goal of the match.

Red and green enemy lines were evident, but chants for each city's area codes were sometimes interchangeable in the stadium's dueling stands as the final 26 minutes came to an end. And just like the two San Antonio FC season ticket holders who held their own Alamo-style in the middle of the Verde crowd, San Antonio weathered the storm, taking shot after shot from Austin before coming back from behind and taking the match 2-1.

Austin FC will look to recoup at its home fortress with its third match in an eight-day stretch against the San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium on Saturday.


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