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Austin FC wins! Takes 3-1 Verde victory over No. 2 Sporting KC for final home match

Austin FC's Julio Cascante celebrates after scoring in Austin's last home match of the season. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Austin may have had a bittersweet night in their final home match on Wednesday, but they made sure to soak it all in as they took down powerhouse Sporting Kansas City for a 3-1 victory at Q2 Stadium.

Despite a chilly Austin night, stands were still packed with jacket-clad Verde fans who endured the late weekday match to see their team's last hoorah of the season.

And they got what they've been wishing for all season. In just the first minute of play, star transfer Sebastian Driussi scored on a header to make the fastest goal in history. That wasn't the only first, either—after another Verde goal off a header from Julio Cascante in the 22nd minute, winger Jared Stroud took advantage of his rare starting role with his first MLS goal to make it 3-0 Austin in the 60th minute.

Sporting KC would score just five minutes later as a rare shot slipped past keeper Brad Stuver, but as the story goes, the David and Goliath battle went in No.13 Austin's favor as they triumphantly took home a late-season win.

Austin was awarded three points for the win. While the formerly last-place West Conference team is still far from the playoff line, the win propelled the team over Texas rivals Houston Dynamo and put them within a point of fellow Texans FC Dallas.

They'll look to rise up another spot in the rankings as they take on the Portland Timbers (who have lost to them twice before) for a final away match on Sunday.

Here are the biggest moments of Austin's final home match:

FT: Austin wins!

65' Sporting KC scores

Just after Stroud's goal, Sporting KC responds with their first goal off a header from Johnny Russell. Kansas City has narrowed the lead, but Austin is still up 3-1 with 25 minutes to go.

60' Jared Stroud scores for Austin

It's his first start in a long time, and Austin FC winger makes sure that fans remember what they were missing out on as he scores to give Austin a 3-0 lead by the 60th minute.

Stroud knocks one in to the bottom left corner off of a fast break by Diego Fagundez to secure his first career MLS goal.

22' Austin doubles the lead

It's a good time to be an Austin fan. Left back Zan Kolmanic sets up a beautiful cross from behind the box to Julio Cascante, who heads it in off a set piece situation to double Austin's lead in just the 22nd minute of play.

Austin supporters go wild as their team continues to hold the edge over No. 2 Kansas City.

1' Austin FC scores!

Scoring has never looked this easy. Less than a minute into the match, Austin FC easily snakes their way down the field as Diego Fagundez sets up a cross. Sebastian Driussi is ready, heading the ball in for what must be the quickest and cleanest goal in Austin FC history.

It's just 41 seconds in, and Austin is already going out with a bang.

Verde and plaid before the match

(Claire Partain/Austonia)

Right before the match, bagpipe ensemble Capitol City Highlanders, repping Austin FC players on their backs, welcomed fans with a few songs just outside of the stadium.

Starting lineup: a back line shakeup

Center back Jhohan Romana caught an injury in Dallas, and it looks like Captain Alex Ring will move from his usual spot in center midfield to fill in his shoes.

Tomas Pochettino, Daniel Pereira and Diego Fagundez will likely fill out that midfield slot.

Up front, Jared Stroud will see a rare starting role alongside forwards Moussa Djitte and Sebastian Driussi.


Pickleball gold rush links LeBron with Austin and a network of local investors like Brené Brown

King James

It's not on the level of LeBron signing with the Spurs, but who knows, maybe you'll see him at Guero's one day, having a Rob's Especial marg and a No. 1 dinner?

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, LeBron's business partner Maverick Carter, and a bunch of other sports-related investors are buying a Major League Pickleball expansion franchise.

Oddly, MLP teams aren't associated with places, so at this point it's just "an expansion team."

But Major League Pickelball is based in Austin, created, according to the Austin Business Journal, by Dreamland and Richard's Rainwater owner Steve Kuhn.

League investors include familiar Austin names like C3 Presents founders Charles Attal and Charlie Walker, Parsley Energy founder and partial Austin FC owner Brian Sheffield, Silicon Labs Chairman Nav Sooch, and pickleball enthusiast Brené Brown.

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