Austin FC defeated Minnesota United 1-0 on Sunday at Q2 Stadium as a lone goal by Maximiliano Urruti earned his side the three points. The Texas team finally won their first game since March 5, recording one defeat and two consecutive draws before recuperating.
The game kicked off with a defensive tone by both sides, forcing a lackluster first 45 minutes with neither side managing a shot on goal. But it was Austin FC who returned to the pitch with a rejuvenated energy, pushing numbers forward before finding the back of the net.
Diego Fagundez launched the game-winning play, running up the left to find Urruti and Hector Jimenez on the right. The defender took possession, and quickly crossed the ball into the box as Urruti recuperated from a foul to manage the right footed shot into the bottom left corner.
Minnesota United attempted to retaliate after the goal, but failed to create anything definitive.
The victory sends Austin FC to fourth place on the Western Conference table, leaving Minnesota in 10th with eight points in six games.
Austin FC player ratings
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Brad Stuver (GK) - 7/10 - Fine, not constantly tested.
Hector Jiménez (RB) - 7.5/10 - Mediocre throughout, but concluded with an assist and two key clearances.
Julio Cascante (CB) - 7.5/10 - Strongest at the back, kept the defense in line and secure.
Ruben Gabrielsen (CB) - 7/10 - Stronger on the left, managed two necessary clearances.
Žan Kolmanič (LB) - 6/10 - Nothing special, covered defensively but no creatively or strength pushing forward.
Ethan Finlay (RW) - 6.5/10 - Disappointing, no real impact from him with only15 touches in 60 minutes.
Alexander Ring (CM) - 7/10 - Tried with three off target shots, but must be more defined in the final third.
Sebastián Driussi (CAM) - 6.5/10 - Sloppy on the ball, one shot on target in 80 minutes of play. Contributed in the midfield and build up, but must be better when finishing.
Daniel Pereira (CM) - 6.5/10 - Active in the midfield, but failed to lead any offensive efforts.
Diego Fagúndez (LW) - 7.5/10 - Involved but messy on the ball when finishing a play, missing edge and sharpness.
Maximiliano Urruti (F) - 7.5/10 - A lackluster performance in the first 45, but redeemed himself with the goal.
Jon Gallagher (For Kolmanič, '61) - 7/10 - Helped maintain the clean sheet.
Nick Lima (For Jimenez, '61) - 7/10 - Didn't help, didn't hinder, could've been sharper on the ball.
Jhojan Valencia (For Finlay, '61) - 6/10 - Didn't contribute to the attack.
Danny Hoesen (For Urruti, '81) - N/A -
Owen Wolff (For Ring, '89) - N/A -
Minnesota United player ratings
5. Goalkeeper & defenders
Dayne St. Clair (GK) - 8/10 - Made the necessary saves to avoid a greater defeat.
Hassani Dotson (RB) - 6/10 - Covered on the right with two clearances, but failed offensively.
Michael Boxall (CB) - 7.5/10 - Completely left Urriti unmarked and watched as the ball went into the goal, but redeemed himself with a defensive header from inside the goal to save Minnesota from the 2-0.
Bakaye Dibassy (CB) - 6.5/10 - Also at fault for the goal, but managed six clearances and a key tackle beyond.
Kemar Lawrence (LB) - 5/10 - Weakest point of the backline, lost possession too easily in key areas of the pitch.
Robin Lod (RW) - 6/10 - One off-target shot in 80 minutes of play is disappointing, expectations are higher for the player.
Wil Trapp (CM) - 6/10 - Extremely disappointing from the captain as he appeared absent for the majority of his time on the pitch. No urgency on the attack, sitting back content with mediocracy.
Emanuel Reynoso (CAM) - 8/10 - Couldn't get anything definitive, but the most active and creative on the attack throughout. Involved himself in every possible play.
Kervin Arriaga (CM) - 7/10 - Active throughout the pitch, delivered defensively but missed the offensive urgency.
Joseph Rosales (LW) - 7/10 - A decent attempt on target in the 51st minute, but beyond that nothing to report.
Luis Amarilla (F) - 6/10 - Failed as the lone striker, managed zero shots on goal in 80 minutes of action.
Franco Fragapane (For Rosales, '67) - 5/10 - Eight touches in over 25 minutes of action, should be more involved.
Oniel Fisher (For Lawrence, '67) - 7/10 - Avoided a second goal.
Romain Métanire (For Trapp, '67) - /10 - Avoided a second goal.
Adrien Hunou (For Amarilla, '80) - N/A
Bongokuhle Hlongwane (For Lod, '81) - N/A