It's been a week since newcomer Sebastian Driussi's less-than-triumphant debut, when strange lineup choices by Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff resulted in a 2-0 loss to Texas rival FC Dallas.
Since then, Wolff criticism has intensified as fans question his decision to rest Driussi, DP Cecilio Dominguez and midfielder Tomas Pochettino well into the second half as the team continues to grapple with scorelessness. Austin has been shut out of nine of their last 12 matches.
Tasked with his first-ever head coaching job and the burdens of building an expansion team, Wolff and staff have made some unmistakable mishaps in the team's first season. On the flip side, however, the team's three signees have finally made it into town, and Driussi could get his first start with the team as they gear up for their first match at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
What to expect
On the road and at home, we always feel your support. We love y'all. 💚🖤 pic.twitter.com/hHqdHkExHc— Austin FC (@AustinFC) August 8, 2021
Austin is now 12th in the Western Conference after a few weeks at the bottom of the standings. Their next opponent, Real Salt Lake, currently sits just below playoff berth at eighth in the conference.
Salt Lake has been winless since July 7, when they pulled off a triumphant 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The club is led in attacks by midfielder Damir Kreilach, who has scored eight goals for the team, and Albert Rusnak, who helped the team out of their scoring drought in their 3-2 loss to the Portland Timbers.
With just 13 goals in the season, Austin has scored the least of any MLS team, and they'll be pitted against Mexican international team keeper David Ochoa as they look to rack up some more points. Still, the team's 3-2 win over Houston on Aug. 4, led by two goals from MLS Player of the Week Tomas Pochettino, could indicate what's to come for Austin's ever-evolving team.
Projected starting lineup
Driussi, the team's most expensive signee to date, was obtained by Austin FC during the summer transfer to alleviate scoring woes. He got in 30ish minutes against FC Dallas, but with a 2-0 deficit, was unable to show his true talents in his first Austin FC match. He'll be expected to start at the top of Austin's lineup this weekend.
Both stars Tomas Pochettino and Cecilio Dominguez were out of the starting lineup as well, entering the pitch in the 62nd minute alongside Driussi. Wolff cited health and rest concerns as his motive for benching the team's top three players, but he's almost guaranteed to not repeat the move after post-match backlash.
Thanks in part to Wolff's admittedly "cautious" roster, Austin FC also has a mostly-healed lineup. Daniel Pereira is back and helping ramp up a better midfield, while Nick Lima has returned to right back. Just McKinze Gaines (forward), Danny Hoesen (forward), Ulises Segura (midfield), and Ben Sweat (left back) are still on the injured roster. Gaines was spotted training on the sidelines in the week before the Salt Lake match.
Meanwhile, Austin is still waiting for the debut of transfers Moussa Djitte, who arrived in Austin this week after a month of slow paperwork moves, and Austin native McKinze Gaines, who signed in August but has been out on injury. Djitte is expected to join the crew in late August, though no date has been specified for either new player.
- Austin FC's Q2 Stadium is the biggest party in Austin - austonia ›
- Austin's Latino's feels "close to home" with Austin FC - austonia ›
- Sebastian Driussi and Moussa Djitte bring new hope to Austin FC ... ›
- LIVE: Austin FC looks to win with dream team lineup against Real Salt Lake - austonia ›
- Despite 'dream team' lineup, Austin FC fails to score in 1-0 loss out West - austonia ›
East Austin restaurant la Barbecue has been robbed a third time in less than three months, according to a post on the restaurant's Instagram.
In the post, the restaurant included photos of what appeared to be a man exiting a minivan from surveillance footage.
"This guy pulled up in a car full of stuff… he ripped our gate open and stole a couple empty kegs," the post said. "The ring system scared him off so he did not venture back into the area. PLEASE EVERYONE ON THE EAST SIDE BE CAREFUL!!! This guy goes back into his car to grab something before he goes in. I am hoping he won’t be back!!"
The robbery comes as many restaurant and food truck owners have been on guard from recent break-ins. East Austin cheesesteak truck R&B's Steak and Fries has also been robbed three times in around three months, according to owner Kris Elliott. Elliot said the truck was last robbed around a month and a half ago.
"When the weather gets cold, it seems like these things start to happen more often," Elliott said. "We're just happy no one got hurt."
Additionally, he said all 5 of the food trucks in their lot have experienced burglaries. The landlord of the space is taking action by investing in alarm and camera systems. "Been very tough dealing with this problem as us small business owners are just trying to survive during the pandemic," Elliott said.
And it's not just in East Austin. North Austin restaurants Eldorado Cafe and Chez Zee Bistro were both broken into and robbed on the weekend of Jan. 8, while over a dozen food truck robberies and break-ins were reported in the latter half of 2021.
Some, like Chez Zee's Deborah Velasco, wonder if the understaffed Austin Police Department's decision to no longer respond to non-emergency calls is part of the problem. Xose Velasco, owner of East Austin's Discada, said owners are keeping their guard up in the wake of the robberies as he was robbed twice within a month of reopening in November 2021.
"We try to keep the lights on," Velasco said. "We're a little bit more careful."
After 12 months, the long-anticipated massive Tesla factory in Southeast Travis County is up and operating and everyone wants a look inside.
Phase 1 of Giga Texas appears to be tied up as production of the Model Y Tesla is underway, the electric car company revealed on Wednesday in its fourth-quarter earnings call. The factory, located on the former Harold Green-turned Tesla Road, sits on more than 2,000 acres of land in southeast Travis County.
Here's a glimpse inside the factory.
Model Ys will be the first Teslas to come out of Giga Texas with an estimated delivery of August. The wait estimate comes after Tesla noted supply chain issues have affected their factories, which have been running below capacity for several quarters. A deep blue metallic like this goes for $1,000 more than a white or silver Model Y, totaling $61,990.
Model Ys began being produced at Giga Texas at the end of 2020. In general assembly at the factory, the Teslas get their major interior components to finish the vehicle.
Workers at Austin's Gigafactory are attaching seats to a structural battery pack. It's been described by some as the biggest difference between Texas-made Model Y's and the current version at the Fremont, California factory. It shouldn't have a major impact on the owner's experience, but Tesla has updated instructions for the jacking procedure, as the lift points are different.
With a sleek, open office setup, workers can take in a view of the factory from their seats. It's a component CEO Elon Musk wanted for what is now the headquarters of Tesla.
On the Austin, Texas public location Snapchat, a photo of inside Giga Texas has appeared. On the left you can see a sneak peek of a Model Y body.pic.twitter.com/N7zliZ5vkL— Sawyer Merritt (@Sawyer Merritt) 1643081462
With Snapchat's maps, anyone can look at everyday activity happening at the factory. To view these geographically-linked stories, click the bottom left "map" icon and search "Tesla Giga Texas." Once you've found it, you can view the Snapchat story of those in and around the facility. While most stories stay up for only 24 hours, Giga Texas is a designated place on Snapchat, allowing users to view a collection of photos and videos from the inside.
Following Model Ys, Texas-made Teslas will include the Cybertruck, Semi and Model 3. But it might be a while before those other models arrive. EV makers have been hit hard by the chip shortage, and it's thought that changing features are contributing to Cybertruck delays as Tesla works to compete in the electric pickup market.
Joe Rogan paid a visit to buddy Elon Musk this week. The two have been seen around town since both moving to Texas. Naturally, Rogan was impressed with the prototype.
If you're dying to get a closer look at this factory, you just might get to. In December, Musk said the factory would have tours available to the community early this year.
- Tesla driven by drunk teen bursts into flames in Tarrytown crash ... ›
- Tesla can't sell directly to Texans unless law is uplifted - austonia ›
- Tesla 2021 year in review for austin - austonia ›
- Rivian secures spot as latest Tesla challenger - austonia ›
- Del valle ISD partners with Tesla in high school grad program ... ›
- Elon Musk seeks to fast-track $1.1 billion Tesla factory in Austin ... ›
- Austin-based Tesla sees record deliveries in quarter 4 - austonia ›