New MLS expansion team Austin FC drew 0-0 against Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders, and manager Josh Wolff is proud of their efforts.
Austin is only the second team this season to walk away from Lumen Field with a point, and the first to deny the Sounders a goal at home.
The match saw a total of five shots on target and 26 total. Austin FC forward Cecilio Dominguez led the offensive efforts for his side, while at the other end midfielder Cristian Roldan played the attack for Seattle. Though neither side could convert a shot, Austin FC left celebrating.
“This should give the guys confidence,” Wolff said after the match. “That’s a good team and we deserved a point. I think the guys will be pretty proud after this game.
"This is our seventh game on the road. You know it’s going to be difficult. The desire is always to come in and compete and give yourself a chance to win points. Seattle’s been the best team in the league, there’s no doubt about it. They don’t give up many goals and they score a good amount of goals and they have high quality at both ends of the field and all throughout.”
Austin entered the match against the Sounders with three consecutive defeats. While the team is relatively new, originally formed in 2018 and debuting this season in MLS, audiences had high hopes. The team currently stands in 11th place in the Western Conference with a record of two wins, one draw and four losses.
Given the circumstances, a draw is an extreme positive for the expansion team.
“You’re always going to suffer a little bit, especially away, especially against a good team like Seattle,” Austin's Alex Ring said. “You just have to trust the process, trust your teammates, trust the game plan."