Austin FC Defeats Violette AC But Exits Concacaf Champions League

Claudio Reyna Resigns as Sporting Director, to Continue with Austin FC as Technical Advisor

March 15, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS)Austin FC News Release

Austin, TEXAS – Austin FC defeated Violette AC 2-0 on Saturday night at Q2 Stadium, but were eliminated from the Concacaf Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate loss in the Round of 16 tie.

Austin dominated the possession and the chances throughout the first half but were unable to find a goal before the break. Sebastián Driussi put the ball in the back of the net in the 25th-minute, but VAR ruled the goal out for a handball in the buildup.

Driussi eventually broke the deadlock in the 51st-minute, finishing with a well-hit volley off a cross from Emiliano Rigoni. The Argentine doubled Austin’s tally 12 minutes later, heading in a pass from Alex Ring.

The Verde & Black were then denied what looked to be a certain penalty kick for a foul on Gyasi Zardes, despite a lengthy VAR review. The hosts continued to pile the pressure on Violette late, but were ultimately unable to find the goal that would have leveled the tie on aggregate.

Goal-Scoring Summary

ATX (1-0) – Sebastián Driussi (assisted by Emiliano Rigoni) 51′

ATX (2-0) – Sebastián Driussi (assisted by Alex Ring) 63′

Media Assets

Austin FC Post-Match Press Conference (credit Austin FC)

Box Score – Austin FC vs. Violette AC | March 14, 2023

Match Information

Attendance: 20,738

Weather: Cloudy, 61 degrees

Referee: Oshane Hamilton

Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales

Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing

Fourth Official: Reon Radix

VAR: Daneon Parchment

Assistant VAR: Odette Hamilton

Statistical source:Concacaf

Next Match

Austin FC will play its second away match and fourth match overall of the 2023 Major League Soccer regular season against Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will stream for free in English and Spanish on Apple TV.

On radio, the match will be broadcast on iHeart Radio’s ALT 97.5 in English, as well as on TUDN Radio Austin (104.3-HD2, KLQB) in Spanish.

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