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 40-hour workweek has reigned since around the time of the Great Depression. But a new schedule gaining steam could lead some companies to throw out the practice of having employees clock in five days a week.
Promising results are coming out halfway into a six-month trial of four-day workweeks in the U.K. with 35 out of 41 companies responding to a recent survey saying they were “likely” or “very likely” to continue the reduced week after the pilot ends.
The trial, which began in June, is run by nonprofit 4 Day Week Global, think tank Autonomy, the 4 Day Week UK campaign and researchers at Cambridge University, Boston College and Oxford University. It involves 3,300 workers across 72 companies who are trying out one paid day off per week between Monday and Friday.
During the four-day week, 34% of companies reported that productivity “improved slightly” and 15% say it “improved significantly.”
With the survey indicating that a four-day workweek could have some perks for companies and employees alike, will Austin join in on the trend?
On job searching tools like LinkedIn and Indeed, some jobs based in Central Texas are boasting a four-day work week. And Coltech Global, a recruiting firm based in London with a growing presence in Austin, began the four-day work week about a year ago.
Jessica Sutcliffe, a staffing consultant at Coltech, joined the company to help grow the U.S. market. She says due to the time difference between the U.S. team and the UK one, the company implemented a four-day week.
"I’ve found it very beneficial as it allows time to rest and complete life admin, whilst also enjoying life, travel and be able to come back to work rested/fulfilled outside of work, which ultimately helps focus inside of those core work hours," Sutcliffe said via email.
In an Instagram post, Coltech said that not only are employees feeling the benefits of being more refreshed in the mornings, having reduced illness and a less stressed atmosphere, but it’s also improving their carbon footprint since there’s less time spent traveling to the office and using energy.
Niki Jorgensen, director of service operations at human resources service provider Insperity, noted similar factors driving companies to make the change to a reduced work week.
“The most significant benefit for a company to adopt the four-day workweek is the improvement of employee morale,” Jorgensen told Austonia via email. “Over the past two years, numerous studies have shown employees think a four-day workweek reduces stress and burnout. With reduced stress and burnout comes improved employee engagement.”
And while Austin is already drawing in plenty of workers who are in their early careers, a four-day week may help companies stand out to that bracket’s top talent even more.
“Companies can leverage this to make their company more appealing, especially to younger generations who strongly consider factors outside of compensation when choosing employment,” Jorgensen said.
She went on to offer a few tips for making a smooth transition to a four-day week like setting expectations and staggering coverage so that it’s still possible to see clients five days a week. Also, employers should be flexible. She says some employees may not be able to get 40 hours of work done in a shorter week due to responsibilities like childcare, so employers should consider how they can still accomplish their duties.
Before ditching the 40-hour workweek though, it can help to take a temperature check to see if an extra day off is the right fit for the workplace.
“Do not implement a flexible schedule such as the four-day workweek if business owners and managers cannot commit to the level of trust and flexibility needed to ensure the schedule’s success,” Jorgensen said.
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