Major League Soccer

Austin FC 1-1 Seattle Sounders: Player ratings as Diego Fagundez and Will Bruin earn their side a point

Lizzy Becherano
Austin FC's Diego Fagundez came off the bench to earn his side the equalizer against the Seattle Sounders.
Austin FC's Diego Fagundez came off the bench to earn his side the equalizer against the Seattle Sounders. / C. Morgan Engel/GettyImages
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Austin FC held the Seattle Sounders to a 1-1 draw at Q2 Stadium on Sunday as goals from Diego Fagundez and Will Bruin earned each side one point. 

Despite Austin’s dominance in the first half, the Sounders kicked off the scoring in the 43rd minute with a right footed shot by Will Bruin. Cristian Roldan set up the forward, who managed the strike from a close range straight to the center for the goal. It was Bruin’s first start of the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign.  

The Seattle Sounders held the clean sheet until the 70th minute when Fagundez found the back of the net. The substitute came off the bench to propel the attack forward before managing a left footed shot from the center of the box to hit the bottom left corner following a set piece. 

While the two walked away with a draw, Austin FC clearly dominated the game, recording 21 overall shots, eight on goal while balancing 61% possession. The expansion side has yet to defeat the Seattle Sounders.

Austin FC player ratings

1. Goalkeepers & defenders

Brad Stuver
Brad Stuver starts in goal for Austin FC. / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Brad Stuver (GK) - 7/10 - Made a couple necessary saves, but risky at times.

Nick Lima (RB) - 7/10 - Could've been stronger at the back.

Julio Cascante (CB) - 5/10 - Completely absent during the first goal.

Ruben Gabrielsen (CB) - 6.5/10 - Clueless during Bruin's goal, but almost redeemed himself with an equalizer in the second half.

Žan Kolmanič (LB) - 7/10 - Could've been stronger at the back.

2. Midfielders

Sebastian Driussi
Sebastián Driussi started for Austin FC against the Seattle Sounders / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Ethan Finlay (RW) - 6/10 - Saw a couple moments on the ball in the first half before progressively disappearing.

Alexander Ring (CM) - 9/10 - Unlucky not to get the goal, hit the post twice.

Sebastián Driussi (CAM) - 8/10 - Expected more during the first half, but came out stronger in the second 45.

Daniel Pereira (CM) - 7/10 - Managed a couple of good balls in.

Cecilio Domínguez (LW) - 8/10 - Heavily involved throughout the match, provided support across the pitch.

3. Forwards

Moussa Kalilou Djitté (F) - 6/10 - Missed a couple of golden opportunities in front of the goal.

4. Substitues

Maximiliano Urruti - 8/10 - Came in strong on the attack to pick up the game's tempo.

Diego Fagúndez - 10/10 - Came off the bench, scored a goal to earn his side one point.

Hector Jiménez - 7/10 - a good defensive substitute.

Felipe Martins - 7/10 - a good defensive substitute

Jon Gallagher - 7/10 - a good defensive substitute


Seattle Sounders player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Alex Roldan
Alex Roldan started at the back for the Seattle Sounders. / Omar Vega/GettyImages

Stefan Cleveland (GK) - 8/10 - Completed crucial saves in the second half, at least two shots could've easily gone in.

Alex Roldan (RB) - 7/10 - Continue to think he has the potential to be more influential.

Jackson Ragen (CB) - 7.5/10 - Slow in the first half, but showed up when needed in the second 45.

Xavier Arreaga (CB) - 7/10 - Made necessary clearances, kept the back unified.

Nouhou Tolo (LB) - 8/10 - Strong at the back, did well to slow down the game's rhythm when necessary.

6. Midfielders

Cristian Roldan
Cristian Roldan started for Seattle Sounders FC against Austin FC. / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

Cristian Roldan (RW) - 7.5/10 - A couple good runs into the box and an assist, but we've seen him be infinitely better.

João Paulo (CM) - 6.5/10 - Stronger on the defense, but sharpen when on the attack.

Albert Rusnák (CAM) - 6.5/10 - A weaker performance, missed a shot when 1v1 with goalkeeper Brad Struver.

Obed Vargas (CM) - 7/10 - Became Austin's punching bag, but held on to impact the game.

Léo Chú (LW) - 7/10 - Fine at the back, but must be sharper on the attack after missing a golden opportunity inside the box.

7. Forwards

Will Bruin
Seattle Sounders FC's Will Bruin led the attack against Austin FC / Omar Vega/GettyImages

Will Bruin (F) - 8.5/10 - Got a goal in his first start of the 2022 season.

8. Substitutes

Fredy Montero - 6.5/10 - Good on the ball, but had enough time to make an impact and didn't.

Jordan Morris - 8/10 - Great run in the final seconds of the match.

Abdoulaye Cissoko - 7/10 - Came in after Nouhou Toro fell injured, did his job.

Kelyn Rowe - 9/10 - Great effort, almost scored but hit the post

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