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 (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.
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.
Moussa Kalilou Djitté (F) - 6/10 - Missed a couple of golden opportunities in front of the goal.
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
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.
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.
Will Bruin (F) - 8.5/10 - Got a goal in his first start of the 2022 season.
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