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.
He did it again. 🤩
Shoutout to @JollyJ_Tweets for that pass! pic.twitter.com/STPA5t53DX
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) May 2, 2021
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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The Austin airport is warning travelers to “pack your patience” as it expects this Memorial Day weekend to be the busiest in airport history.
This weekend will kick off a period of more than 4.8 million passengers passing through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport by the end of summer—contributing to a projected record-breaking year of 22 million passengers at ABIA.
The surge in traffic at the airport comes as ABIA considers itself officially recovered from the pandemic's impact, an airport spokesperson ABIA Public Information Specialist Bailey Grimmett told Austonia. Additionally, the population growth in Central Texas and more service offered from ABIA has meant more people at the airport, she said. However, it has come under fire for increasingly long wait times at TSA and not having enough parking.
Flying soon? Here’s how to prepare for a busy airport this summer.
Arrive hours early for your flight, especially if it's in the morning
Summer travel lines in September 2021. (Austonia)
The busiest passenger traffic days in summer 2021 were Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays, according to a release but each day of the week is expected to see increased traffic this summer. Lines tend to be longest before 8 a.m. and sometimes mid-morning hours.
Grimmett told Austonia the average person should arrive at the airport two-and-a-half hours before boarding time for domestic flights or three hours early for international flights. You might want to tack on extra time if…
- You need to park or are returning a rental.
- You’re traveling with a big group, children or those who require assistance.
- You’re checking in baggage.
Familiarize yourself with TSA requirements
The worst thing while traveling is getting stuck in security and having to repack all of your belongings. If you’re traveling with a carry-on of toiletries, medication or food, double-check with TSA.gov if you’re not sure.Security screening checkpoints open at 3 a.m. and Grimmett said don’t hesitate to ask a staff member if you need help. Faster screening is available by applying for TSA PreCheck or Clear screening for an extra fee.
Rather wait for the rush to die down?
Grimmett said to expect near-constant high traffic through August, when students return to school and tourist season ends. The lull is short-lived though—ABIA typically sees another travel uptick in October for events like F1 and ACL Festival.
Once you’re inside, refer to our complete guide to ABIA for a look at the amenities.
By Kali Bramble
Calls for firmer regulation of the dockless scooters, mopeds and e-bikes scattered about the city may hit the desks of City Council in coming months, as a recommendation from the Downtown Commission makes its way to the agenda.
The recommendation proposes stricter requirements for providers to remove devices blocking sidewalks, crosswalks and other rights of way and increase fees for subsequently impounded vehicles. The proposal also calls for implementing a ticketing system for riders who violate municipal traffic code or state law.
Since 2018, the steady influx of electronic scooters has left Austin’s Transportation Department scrambling to integrate the devices into city infrastructure. As of this year, companies Bird, Lime, LINK, and Wheels collectively operate a total of 14,100 micromobility devices, many of which are concentrated in Austin’s urban core.
“I walked out of my office at Sixth and Congress today at noon and counted 65 scooters laying on their side,” Texas Monthly founder Michael Levy said in a public comment. “It looks like a war zone.”
Critics of the exploding scooter market cite incidents of devices blocking pedestrian walkways for days on end. Under the commission’s proposal, improperly discarded devices would be subject to impounding within two hours, with the time limit reduced to one hour in the downtown area. A $100 release fee along with a $5 per day storage fee would go toward investment in infrastructure solutions, such as augmenting the 25 existing parking corrals throughout the city.
Detractors also cite episodes of reckless and inebriated scooter riders as an increasing public health problem. While restrictions like in-app speed reduction technology have sought to mitigate such incidents, emergency room workers anecdotally report an alarming number of scooter-related injuries, especially on weekends. Preliminary data from Austin Public Health supports such claims, though it is still a challenge to quantify.
Micromobility advocates, on the other hand, argue that scooters provide an important service to those navigating Austin’s patchwork public transportation system. The Transportation Department considers such short-distance mobility options another solution in its toolbox to combat the city’s over-reliance on cars.
Still, scooter skeptics wonder if these benefits outweigh consequences. Levy noted that cities like San Diego have responded very differently to the burgeoning industry, instituting strict regulations and penalties that have reduced the presence of scooters without banning them entirely.
The Downtown Commission’s recommendation proposes citations for scooter riders violating municipal parking and traffic laws amounting to $100 for first-time offenders, followed by $250 for subsequent offenses. The proposal would also ban scooter-riding on a number of highly trafficked sidewalks, though these remain unspecified.
The commission hopes such tools could work alongside efforts by the Transportation Department to ramp up enforcement, including the recent establishment of 10 full-time mobility service officer positions charged with regulating scooter use. Increased revenue from licensing fees and ticketing could also serve to finance infrastructure solutions.
“It’s shocking to me that we currently only get around $1 million a year out of these fees,” Commissioner Mike Lavigne said. “I did some rough math … and figure we’ve maybe gotten $6 million since this thing started. It seems to me like we could be getting a whole lot more to invest in making it more sustainable, like more docking stations and corrals, so there’s somewhere for these scooters to go.”