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Austin FC blows past in-state rival Houston Dynamo for first Copa Tejas win of the season

Austin FC beat Houston 2-1 in a comeback win on Saturday. (Daniel Pereira/Twitter)

Austin FC staged a comeback to take home its fourth straight win over in-state rival Houston Dynamo FC in Houston on Saturday.

The 2-1 victory marks the Verde and Black's first win in Copa Tejas, the fan-led competition between Texas' professional football teams.

The win also cemented Austin's spot at the top of the MLS West and pushed the club's second-season record to 6-2-1.

Austin got off to a shaky start as goalkeeper Brad Stuver was injured from the Dynamos' sole goal in the fifth minute of play. But sub Andrew Tarbell kept a clean sheet for the rest of the match, propelling the club to a win alongside goals from midfielder Daniel Pereira and star Sebastian Driussi.

Pereira scored his first MLS career goal in the 39th minute to tie the match, finding an Ethan Finlay cross for a one-touch shot into the net.

The second-half goal was all Driussi, who pivoted just outside of the box to score on a skillful shot in the top right corner in the 65th minute to seal the match. The goal was Driussi's seventh of the season as he continues to lead the leagues in goals scored.

Next up for Austin FC is the LA Galaxy, which will head to Austin's Q2 Stadium at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 to take on the Verde and Black.


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