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On this week's preseason presser, Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff said he's excited for the team's second preseason scrimmage as well as the MLS's full schedule that was released Wednesday.


ATXFC will play USL team Louisville City FC in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday. Wolff said he's looking forward to another test for the club against one of the top teams in the USL.

"They'll be organized, they'll be physical (and) they'll have a good capacity to run and deal with the tempo of the game," Wolff said. "We're still building out our identity in our game, (and) I'd like to see our offensive side continue to grow."

Wolff requested lots of goals from their first preseason scrimmage against USL team OKC Energy on Friday, March 19, and he got what he asked for. After a slow first half, the team quickly scored five unanswered goals against the team. But Wolff still wasn't quite satisfied.

"I thought the first half provided some challenges, (but) I thought we worked through those pretty well," Wolff said. "But it was difficult. I was glad to see multiple guys score goals, and we probably could have scored a couple more."

Now that nearly three weeks of training have been underway, Wolff said he's seen some unexpected standouts from players like Pereira, forward Kekuta Manneh, forward Jon Gallagher and midfielder Jared Stroud. Manneh, who has soccer-playing roots in Austin, is now the team's top scorer after landing two goals and an assist against OKC.

"(Manneh) has a very unique skill set," Wolff said. "Kekuda has a number of places that he could play for us... I've been happy with Kekudah's progress and more just his personality and his character. What he brings each day, it's been great."

Wolff said he's also enjoyed the competitiveness between the team's unsigned SuperDraft picks, Aedan Stanley and Daniel Steedman.

ATXFC's Week 3 presser came just minutes after the MLS released its full season schedule. Austin FC saw for the first time exactly who the team would play for their 34 matches in the 2021 regular season.

"The challenge is on us to keep getting better and to and to progress," Wolff said. "I think we'll learn a lot about ourselves in the first two months being on the road, but that's not going to define us. Hopefully, along the way we continue to get better, refine our game model and get the results that we desire and deserve."

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