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Despite late-game comeback, Austin FC loses in PKs to I-35 rival FC Dallas
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A second-half comeback wasn't enough for Austin FC as they lost 4-2 in penalty kicks in their second match of La Copita against Texan rival FC Dallas on Wednesday.

After not scoring in the first half, the Verdes overcame a two-goal deficit and caught a lead in the second half. A final goal from FC Dallas brought gameplay to a draw, however, and FC Dallas clinched the win by going 4-2 in PKs.

The newest scrimmage saw a brand-new lineup, with midfielder Alex Ring handing off the captain's armband to defender Hector Jimenez.

Many players in the starting 11 were facing an MLS opponent for the first time, goalkeeper Brad Stuver said.

"The message going into this game was that we rotated a lot of guys, everyone was going to get a chance to play this week," Stuver said. "And for a lot of these guys, it was their first time going up against an MLS opponent."

Here's the Verdes' starting lineup for their first-ever away game:

The Verde defense was unable to keep up with their I-35 opponents in the first half. The first score of the game went to FC Dallas in the 11th minute, followed by another by Matt Hedges in the 35th minute.

Austin FC bounced back after Jared Stroud knocked his first Austin FC goal into the back of the net to kick off the second half. Diego Fagundez quickly tied it up after by capitalizing off a penalty kick, and Designated Player Cecilio Dominguez brought on the first ATXFC lead of the scrimmage with another penalty kick just 20 seconds after he subbed in to the game.

Head coach Josh Wolff's 16-year-old son, Owen Wolff, was the first sub of the game in the second half. Last matches' standouts, including forward Rodney Redes and midfielder Tomas Pochettino, once again made an appearance on the pitch as Austin FC adjusted their lineup to finish the game.

Wolff said it was good to see the starting 11 get a good 75 minutes of work in as they continue to work on their endurance.

"We're right in the middle of our conditioning aspects, and we won't be fully fed probably for for a month or so," Wolff said. "But this is just part of our build, and it was good to see guys competed well for 75 minutes."

With less than 10 minutes to go, FC Dallas flipped the switch with a final goal to tie up the scrimmage and move into penalty kicks.

"Ringleader" Alex Ring was the first to kick in a penalty goal, with midfielder Daniel Pereira following soon after. With a flawless performance from FC Dallas and two missed PKs from Dominguez and forward Danny Hoesen, the home team was able to clinch the scrimmage and beat ATXFC in their first ever test on the road.

Wolff said that the preseason scrimmage gives the team a good look at what is going well and what could use some tuning up before their inaugural season.

"These games against Houston and Dallas give us a good indication of where we're at and things we need to continue to work on," Wolff said. "But I think it also gives the the players some positive feedback that the work is coming along."

The scrimmage was the team's first to have a media audience and was live streamed on Austin FC and Q2 Stadium's new app. Commentators Adrian Healey and Michael Lahoud took to making play-by-play analyses for the team.

Next up, the club is back at their new training facility, St. David's Performance Center, to take on USL Championship team San Antonio FC at 4 p.m. on Saturday. This match will not be broadcast on the Austin FC app and will be closed to the media and public.


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