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Austin FC head north for battle with Minnesota

Field Level Media
22 Jun 2021, 13:05 GMT+10

With the rush subsiding from their first ever home game, and the debut of their new stadium, Austin FC will hit the road Wednesday for a game at Minnesota United.

Austin FC (2-4-3, 9 points) played to a 0-0 tie Saturday with the San Jose Earthquakes in front of 20,738 energetic green-clad home fans who were singing and chanting throughout at Q2 Stadium.

"I know the whole team was ready for it and it's kind of sad that we're leaving with a tie because we pushed so hard, they were singing so hard, and we wanted to give them more," Austin FC midfielder Diego Fagundez said. "This is just the beginning. We're going to make this a fortress. We're going to make this a place where no one wants to play."

Fagundez and the team can start making good on that promise with four consecutive home games starting on Saturday. But first comes Wednesday's road game, the team's ninth away from Austin in 10 overall games this season.

Austin FC is 0-3-3 over their last six games, with their last victory coming at Minnesota by a 1-0 score on May 1. Fagundez scored the lone goal in that game and has two goals on the season, one behind Cecilio Dominguez, who has the team lead.

Minnesota United (2-4-2, 8 points) will enter off a 1-1 tie at FC Dallas on Saturday, when Franco Fragapane scored in the 36th minute of his MLS debut, with FC Dallas able to counter in the second half.

Fragapane, 28, a native of Argentina, who has played on club teams in Spain, Argentina and Brazil, scored on his second-ever shot with his new club. His debut was delayed three weeks because of a paperwork snag.

It was the second consecutive 1-1 tie for the Loons, and they are 2-0-2 in their last four games going back to May 12.

"The truth is that it was beautiful to play and be able to score a goal for the team," Fragapane said through a translator, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Honestly, I felt good and little by little, I'm starting to feel better."

--Field Level Media

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