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They had 'em in the first half: Austin FC loses first MLS scrimmage 3-2
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In their first-ever showdown against an MLS opponent, Austin FC lost 3-2 to the Houston Dynamo to kick off La Copita at their brand-new St. David's training facility Saturday afternoon.


The match was closed to the media and public but was live streamed on the Austin FC app. It was a preseason performance for everyone- ATXFC, announcers Adrian Healey and Michael Lahoud and La Murga, who could be heard fine-tuning their Austin FC chants as the scrimmage went on.

Although many were contenders, it was midfielder Alex Ring who took the captain's armband for the scrimmage. Ring was the "ringleader" at former club NYFC and provided a crucial assist later in the match.

Here's the first starting 11 to rep the Verde jerseys:



Midfielder Tomas Pochettino earned the first-ever Austin FC goal early into the first half, shooting a curved free kick into the top right corner of the Dynamo net 15 minutes into play.

Pochettino's goal would go unanswered for the remainder of the half, although turnovers and a shaky Verde defense gave some insight into what was to come.

Back-to-back Dynamo goals in the 54th and 56th minute brought Houston back into the game, but a deflected shot by Ring put forward Rodney Redes in the perfect position to score minutes later. Redes dove to drive the shot into the net, tying the scrimmage 2-2 for the club's second-ever goal.

Some new faces entered the lineup in the 64th minute, including 19-year-old Sebastian Berhalter and Owen Wolff, Josh Wolff's 16-year old son who has been practicing with the club.


Houston was able to seal the deal in the 71st minute to win their first scrimmage in La Copita.

While standout performances came on both sides of the ball from Redes, Ring and Pochettino, a shaky defense was unable to hold off the Dynamo's advance. Seventeen of the club's 24-player roster got some playing time in the match.

Austin FC will look to patch up their defense and up their endurance as they head to FC Dallas for their second La Copita scrimmage at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The match will be live streamed on the Austin FC app.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway