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.
Level in Texas!@EthanFinlay13 finds @danipereira121 on the back post. 1-1. pic.twitter.com/lZCC465ULR
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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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Hazmat suits, low-flying aircraft and more will be seen this week as Austin hosts an exercise to prepare for radiological incident.
The project, called Cobalt Magnet 22, involves more than 30 local, state and federal agencies planning for 18 months to be prepared in the event of radiological threats. It will start Monday and last through May 20.
What to expect: Field teams in protective clothing using radiological monitoring and detection equipment, low-flying aircraft conducting data-gathering overflights, and groups of first responders and others staged at various locations.
The exercise is part of a regular program of training, exercises and planning.
“Th City of Austin is pleased to welcome NNSA and the numerous local, state and federal agencies participating in Cobalt Magnet”, said Juan Ortiz, Director of Austin's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office. “Our goal in this exercise is to test our procedures and make improvements to ensure we’re keeping the Austin/Travis County community protected.”
Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is here to stay as the Club announced he signed a three-year contract extension.
Wolff, who was previously an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team, will coach Austin FC through the end of 2025 under the new contract.
Wolff has been the Austin FC head coach since November 2019. In the team's first year, some hoped to oust Wolff as the team was at the bottom of the Western Conference. But this year, the team is at the top, ranking No. 3.
“This is still a young, growing Club but seeing our vision for Austin FC come to life on and off the field has been one of the great honors of my career. My staff and I will keep working every day to represent the city, and to develop our team both competitively and as human beings. The best is yet to come," Wolff said.