San Jose earthquakes become Q2 Stadium’s first opponent
Brad Stuver once again makes a crucial save for Austin FC to keep San Jose at bay, this time jostling to his left twice in a row to prevent an Earthquake strike and header.
The fittest goalie in MLS is the only reason Austin FC is still tied right now.
A clever San Jose counterattack almost leads to the game’s first goal, but Austin FC’s Brad Stuver is once again in the right place to make the save.
Carlos Fierro, a forward who entered the game as a replacement for San Jose, hit a narrow shot that forced Stuver to dive to his left side and parry the shot.
The first concrete chance to score for a while for San José, who began to question themselves again in the last minutes of the match.
Austin FC also changed tack, with forward Kekuta Manneh entering the game for Jon Ga in search of the franchise’s first goal at home.
With less than 15 minutes to go, Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes are still goalless in MLS’s opener at Q2 Stadium.
Austin FC vs San Jose Earthquakes: Substitution, 0-0 (71st minute)
Jared Stroud is replaced by Manny Perez in Austin FC’s first substitution.
Club captain Alex Ring has a good look on goal for Austin FC, but his left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area is knocked back by James Marcinkowski into the San Jose net.
Austin’s offensive move showcased some of the team’s best assists so far tonight, but Ring is probably not the player head coach Josh Wolff would have wanted the chance for.
Still, Austin kept the pressure on as we are still goalless at Q2 Stadium.
A few minutes later, Jon Gallagher has a header which is also knocked back by Marcinkowski at close range.
Austin FC, attacking the late supporters, begins to question the earthquakes.
San Jose made a double change for the first substitutions of the match, with Cade Cowell and Shea Salinas replacing Chofis and Andrés Ríos.
Jared Stroud is set to open the scoring at Q2 Stadium for Austin FC, landing a powerful deflected shot from a distance after an Austin corner just passed over the San Jose net.
The effort represents the closest either team had managed to score a goal in the second half, after a few stints in play that had Stroud more involved on the wing.
The second half is underway at Austin, still scoreless between Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes in MLS’s opener at Q2 Stadium.
Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes enter the break in a scoreless draw at Q2 Stadium, though it’s not for lack of trying.
Both teams paced the pitch throughout the first 45 minutes in search of the stadium’s first MLS goal, with Austin midfielder Diego Fagundez forcing San Jose goalkeeper James Marcinkowski to make a save to deny his header. endlessly.
San Jose midfielder Cristian Espinoza also hit the post with a shot for the visitors.
Yellow cards were issued to Florian Jungwirth and Eric Remedi of San Jose, as well as Jared Stroud of Austin FC.
The fan section has been loud and vibrant throughout the first half for Austin, but so far they have had no goals to react to.
It’s Brad Stuver again for Austin FC, diving to his left to make a one-handed save with his left hand to push Chris Wondolowski of San Jose back.
Wondolowski had found acres of space in the right side of Austin’s defense and tried to place his effort in front of Stuver’s goal, but the Austin goaltender was alert and the danger was finally over.
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza shakes the outside of the post for San Jose, either side closest to goal so far at Stadium Q2.
From a tight angle on the right side of the penalty area, Espinoza unleashed a laser from a strike that beat Brad Stuver into Austin’s net.
The effort hit the outside of the right post and went out of play.
The action remains from start to finish after the hydration break, with each team ready to take the lead at any time.
Brad Stuver is called into action for the first time for Austin FC to save a tame effort from distance San Jose midfielder Paul Marie.
Then, in no time, the Oaks are back in the field and pushing on San Jose’s goal, with San Jose midfielder Eric Remedi receiving a yellow card for another foul on Cecilio Domínguez on the left wing.
This is the second yellow card issued to a San José player in the first half hour.
Defenseman Nick Lima ended up shooting from a distance for Austin after the free kick, but it was an easy save for James Marcinkowski into the San Jose net.
Always aimless, always hectic in Austin so far.
The teams took a hydration break in the 30th minute.
The first yellow card of the MLS game at Q2 Stadium is issued to San Jose defenseman Florian Jungwirth after a cynical foul in transition on Cecilio Domínguez of Austin.
Austin couldn’t help the promising free kick that resulted from the foul as well, with defender Julio Cascante fouling by jumping for a header.
It’s end-to-end stuff in Austin right now, with both sides only struggling to create the final end product.
A captivating 10-minute opener at Q2 Stadium between Austin and San Jose nearly resulted in a goal via a header from Austin midfielder Diego Fagundez, but the effort was held up by San Jose goalkeeper James Marcinkowski.
The rolled-up cross for Fagundez’s header was deftly achieved by left-back Žan Kolmanič.
The crowd at Q2 Stadium was loud and engaged from the kick-off, with standing ovations with every free kick Austin won and a misdirected pass by San Jose.
Minutes later, San Jose came close to scoring a first goal thanks to Javier Eduardo López, also known as Chofis, who completed an effort just off Brad Stuver’s net.
Major League Soccer is finally underway in Austin.
After eight consecutive road games to begin the franchise’s existence, Austin FC is underway at Q2 Stadium.
The stadium saw its curtain rise earlier this week as the United States Women’s National Team recorded a 2-0 victory over Nigeria, but now it’s Austin’s turn to play for the first time. in his new home.
Tonight’s first-ever lineup at Q2 Stadium for Austin FC features the same starting XI as in the last two games, with goalkeeper Brad Stuver hoping to continue his good form in front of home fans.
Seasoned MLS defenseman Matt Besler will continue to help anchor Austin’s back line, with captain Alex Ring in midfield and forwards such as Jon Gallagher, Cecilio Domínguez and Jared Stroud keen to try and win the Austin FC’s first goal at Stadium Q2.
San Jose, a four-game losing streak, and head coach Matías Almeyda will look to spoil the Austin party tonight, with United States Men’s National Team veteran Chris Wondolowski leading the quakes attack. Earth.
The atmosphere surrounding tonight’s game has so far been everything it was designed to be, with fan groups including the Austin Anthem, Los Verdes and the official Austin Fan Section group. FC, La Murga de Austin, bringing passion both inside and outside of Q2 Stadium.
Many celebrities from the Austin area are also in attendance for the big occasion tonight, including Culture Minister and team co-owner Matthew McConaughey, who led the fan groups in a song preview. match before unveiling Austin FC’s first tifo at Stadium Q2.
Austin FC: Brad Stuver, Žan Kolmanič, Matt Besler, Julio Cascante, Nick Lima, Tomás Pochettino, Alex Ring, Diego Fagundez, Jon Gallagher, Cecilio Domínguez, Jared Stroud.
Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:00 p.m. Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX
TV / radio: CW-Austin or Unimas / 97.5 FM (English) or KLQB 104.3-HD2 (Spanish)
About the series: This is the first of three meetings between Austin FC and the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season. San Jose is the seventh team, out of 13, in the Western Conference to face Austin FC. The Verde and Black will host San Jose again on September 18 before heading to the West Coast to tackle the earthquakes in San Jose on October 20.
About Austin FC: El Tree played the first eight games of the 2021 season on the road as Stadium Q2 completed construction. Austin FC took eight points in eight games during the road trip, ending in back-to-back draws at Seattle and Kansas City, the Western Conference’s top two teams. Austin FC is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference. The top seven teams will advance to the playoffs.
About San José: Earthquakes enter stadium Q2 after a four-game losing streak that began on May 12 with a 1-0 loss to Seattle. Losses to Portland, Sporting Kansas City and LA Galaxy followed. A quick start to the 2021 season provided San Jose with nine points, good enough for sixth place in the Western Conference. Austin FC right-back Nick Lima had spent the previous four seasons with San Jose before being traded for $ 500,000 in general allowance on December 15, 2020.
Starting XI screened for Austin FC
We predict Austin FC will use the same preferred lineup for the last two matches, both draws. Here’s the projected starting XI: