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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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