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WEEK 3: Austin FC looks to score even more for second preseason match
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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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Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 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