After a disappointing 74 minutes, Austin FC thought they had found the equalizer when Jared Stroud snuck one in goal against Nashville SC.
Stroud, who has provided two key assists, would have been looking at his first goal with the club, and he would've snapped a scoreless spell that Austin FC has recently endured.
The shot went in, but referees took it back amid a roar from Nashville supporters to keep the match 1-0, Nashville. Clubs across Austin erupted into yells for very different reasons as the goal was called offsides. Austin FC would never recover.
Head coach Josh Wolff said that two matches without goals has messed with the club's confidence.
"We're certainly not dangerous enough in front of goal," Wolff said. "We should have scored in the opening minutes of the game. Goals give you energy, they give individuals' confidence in the team."
The club faced yet another injury on the back line and saw little spark most of the match as they fell once again on the road.
For a team that prides itself in tempo and intensity, Austin FC fell behind in both as they saw just one shot on goal in the match. Nashville's rock-solid defense has gone more than 360 minutes without giving up a goal, while Austin FC took a hit on their back line as center back Jhohan Romana fell in the 34th minute of play.
Wolff said that Romana was "grabbing" at something and would be further looked at this week. He also said Daniel Pereira, who may have suffered a more minor injury, will be monitored as well.
One minute later, Nashville scored the first goal of the match.
After being outplayed in the first half, Wolff brought in the two Mentos that typically shake up the Coke bottle: Stroud and striker Jon Gallagher. Gallagher seemed to be in good form after spending a week out on injury, and Stroud's attempt on goal could've changed the game.
Still, Austin was outplayed in the latest of their challenging road series. The club has been pitted against East and West Conference powerhouses for six straight weeks and face another challenge in the Seattle Sounders, who are undefeated and sit atop the West.
Wolff said that perseverance is key in playing the top dog in the West.
"If we can score goals and even create better chances, it'll help take away some of the difficulties in the game," Wolff said. "But we've got to be resilient, we've got to bounce back. It's only going to get tougher, and that's why we have to keep making progress."
Wolff has one message to the fans as they weather the storm until the home opener on June 19: "Hang in there."
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Designs for stations along Project Connect’s Blue Line were presented this week, giving a detailed look at what part of the rail system extending from downtown to the airport could look like.
The planned stations that have gotten the latest focus include Waterfront, Travis Heights and Lakeshore stations past Lady Bird Lake.
At the Waterfront station, the preliminary design aims to prevent visual obstructions and save on costs. This is accomplished by a transit guideway that will lower from the bridge to a level station.
Heading onto East Riverside Drive, the light rail faces a curve requiring a slow down to about 10 miles per hour.
The Travis Heights station could involve relocating a pedestrian crosswalk zone at Alameda Drive to Blunn Creek. Since light rails can't effectively operate on a steep grade, this allows the transit guideway to avoid that.
From there, the rail will extend to the Norwood Park area, and though it will reach along the right-of-way zone, the park will be able to remain open.
A view of the Blue Line by Lady Bird Lake. (Project Connect)
The line involves some coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation. That's because the department is working on an intersection that will have to be built before the phasing of the section of the Blue Line involving an I-35 crossing.
When it comes to the safety of cyclists and walkers, design ideas include a pedestrian hybrid beacon by East Bouldin Creek that would provide a protected signal to cross. And for the intersection TxDOT is carrying out, Project Connect is working with them on pedestrian access across the intersection. It could involve shared use paths along the street and crossings beneath it.
This summer, the public can expect 30% of design and cost estimates to be released. Though the project was $7.1 billion when voters approved it in November 2020, the latest estimates factoring in inflation and supply chain constraints show it could ultimately be upwards of $10 billion.
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Plans for an Amazon warehouse in Round Rock—a $250 million project slated to be a large distribution center—are on hold.
This comes just after the tech giant had its worst financial quarter in seven years.
- Late last year, it announced an expansion at the Domain adding 2,000 more corporate and tech jobs.
- Amazon still owns the site in Round Rock. Plans for it are unclear.
- Early this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is aiming to scrap warehouse space as it faces a slowdown in its e-commerce operations.
Part of that effort involves exploring the possibility of ending or renegotiating leases with outside warehouse owners. Another aspect is a plan to sublease warehouse space.
“It allows us to relieve the financial obligations associated with an existing building that no longer meets our needs,” an Amazon spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal. “Subleasing is something many established corporations do to help manage their real estate portfolio.”
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