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Colder than Minnesota: Austin FC pulls off first-ever shutout

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Before Austin FC's matchup against Minnesota United FC, Diego Fagundez told the press that his first goal with Austin FC was just the beginning.

"I want people to know who I am and what I what I'm capable of," Fagundez said.

A week after he scored Austin FC's first goal, Fagundez received a cross from Jared Stroud and got another bottom corner shot past the Minnesota United goalkeeper to give the club their second-ever lead.




Austin FC's decisive 1-0 victory over Minnesota on Saturday marks the club's first-ever win streak.

Captain Alex Ring, who held down the club's newest midfield formation, said it felt great to win once again on the road.

"We did it for 90 minutes, we put in the dirty work, and it feels amazing to have to two wins in a row with the guys," Ring said.

The Verde crew kept a 55% possession over a club that likes to keep the ball between their feet. With Tomas Pochettino back after he was benched last week due to a request by the MLS, the club saw new, much-needed structure in their midfield lineup. Instead of benching Fagundez for Pochettino, Austin FC took 20-year-old Danny Pereira off the starting XI, and the move paid off for the club. It proved a good look for the Austin FC midfield, which saw some big holes in the first half against the Colorado Rapids.

Head coach Josh Wolff said the club's lineup is ever-changing as they finetune their starting XI.

"We're still evolving," Wolff said. "The disappointment is that we didn't score more goals, (we) created some really good chances and didn't take those opportunities. And I could still say we could probably continue to create more."

Matt Besler was back after the birth of his third child and Zan Kolmanic saw his first start after fellow left back Ben Sweat suffered an ACL tear, but the Austin FC defense was still a slight weak spot for the club.

Luckily, the club was saved- and hindered- by the post. Austin FC saw its first-ever shutout against the Loons, but it was very nearly tie game when Minnesota's Emanuel Reynoso hot one very nearly on target. The shot beat out goalkeeper Brad Stuver, but the ball deflected off the post and helped Austin keep the lead.

Much like last week, forward Rodney Redes almost got his first goal in MLS but was stopped by the post as well in the final minute of regulation.

Five minutes later, Austin FC's first ever win streak was complete. Wolff said the club's second win on the road was well-deserved.

"These guys have worked their butts off and that bond is being built in," Wolff said. "These fans deserve it and these players deserve it. It's reflective of what we're building."

Three weeks into play, Austin FC is 3rd in the Western Conference. They look to keep their meteoric rise trending upward as they face Kansas City in yet another road match on Sunday, May 9.

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