Major League Soccer

Inter Miami 1-5 Austin FC: Player ratings as Austin becomes first MLS side to reach 10 goals in opening two games

Lizzy Becherano
Sebastian Driussi scored twice for Austin FC
Sebastian Driussi scored twice for Austin FC / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Austin FC triumphed 5-1 over Inter Miami on Sunday at Q2 stadium as goals from Sebastian Driussi, Ethan Finley and Julio Cascante sealed the team’s second consecutive victory. 

In only two weeks, Austin FC has already proved they could be a true contender. The expansion team, who concluded last season in 14th place on the Western Conference table, now holds the record of first MLS side to score 10 goals in the opening two games of a season. 

Sebastian Driussi kicked off the scoring, making himself available in the 26th minute to connect with Diego Fagúndez and find the net. Julio Cascante then doubled the tally, working off of a set piece to head the ball into the upper right corner. 

Austin FC carried their offensive dominance into the second half, resulting in Driussi’s second goal of the game. The forward leaped to get the rebound, striking the ball mid-air to beat Inter Miami goalkeeper Clément Diop. 

Leonardo Campana, who’s on loan from Premier League side Wolves, came off the bench to pull one back for Miami in the 53rd minute but his success was quickly drowned by Ethan Finley, who entered the match to score Austin’s fourth and fifth. 

One of the lowest scorers of the 2021 season has now managed five goals in two consecutive matches.

Inter Miami player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Brek Shea
Brek Shea made several mistakes while featuring for Inter Miami CF / Mark Brown/GettyImages

Clément Diop (GK) - 3/10 - The five goals weren't entirely his fault, but could definitely have been better.

DeAndre Yedlin (RB) - 6/10 - Could've done more on the attack, but proved useful on defensive during crucial moments.

Jairo Quinteros (CB) - 5/10 - Silly mistakes that allowed Austin's offense to run wild.

Christopher McVey (CB) - 7/10 - not great, but adequate when compared to his teammates.

Brek Shea (CB) - 2/10 - Abismal performance, sloppy defending throughout the game before becoming useless during Austin FC's first two goals.

Noah Allen (LB) - 5/10 - A young player with potential, but needs more experience to avoid the mistakes made during Austin's first goal.

2. Midfielders

Inter Miami CF's Gregore featured against Inter Miami / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Jean Mota (CM) - 6/10 - Looked weak, and lacked communication with teammates.

Gregore de Magalhães Silva (CM) - 7/10 - Didn't generate anything.

Mo Adams (CM) - 4/10 - Blended into the background, could've have done so much more before being subbed off.

3. Forwards

Gonzalo Higuain
Inter Miami CF's Gonzalo Higuain led the attack against Austin FC / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Gonzalo Higuaín (F) - 6/10 - Not good enough for the superior attitude he holds.

Ariel Lassiter (F) - 5/10 - The game required more energy from the striker, who had one good shot before being drowned out.

4. Substitutes

Leonardo Campana - 9/10 - Scored minutes after coming off the bench, not much more can be expected from a sub.

Robert Taylor - 7/10 - Stepped up and managed more offensive opportunities than Lassiter.

George Acosta - 6/10 - The match was decided when he stepped on the pitch.

Emerson Rodríguez - 6/10 - The match was decided when he stepped on the pitch.

Austin FC player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Julio Cascante
Austin FC's Julio Cascante scored the team's second goal / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Brad Stuver (GK) - 7/10 - Not tested too much during the match, but provided the necessary support.

Nick Lima (RB) - 7/10 - Acted adequately, nothing special.

Julio Cascante (CB) - 8/10 - Pushed forward to score the second goal off of a set piece.

Kipp Keller (CB) - 6/10 - A clumsy first half foul could've have cost Austin FC a goal, but otherwise fine.

Žan Kolmanič (LB) - 8/10 - Provided the early assist for Cascante, and served well on the defense.

6. Midfielders

Sebastian Driussi
Sebastian Driussi scored two goals for Austin FC / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Daniel Pereira (CM) - 7/10 - fine.

Alexander Ring (CM) - 8/10 - Provided an assist, and constantly pushed forward.

Sebastián Driussi (CM) - 9/10 - Two goals and great energy, phenomenal from the striker.

7. Forwards

Cecilio Dominguez
Cecilio Dominguez featured for Austin FC against Inter Miami / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Diego Fagúndez (RW) - 8.5/10 - Didn't get a goal from himself, but provided excellent assists while making himself available in every offensive play.

Maximiliano Urruti (CF) - 7/10 - Could've done more, but enough to support the team in their 5-1 triumph.

Cecilio Domínguez (LW) - 7/10 - Expected more from the player, but performed adequately.

8. Substitutes

Ruben Gabrielsen - 7/10 - Didn't do much, but Finley set the expectations high.

Ethan Finlay - 10/10 - Came in, scored two goals.

Moussa Kalilou Djitté - 7/10 - Helped maintain the victory.

Jhojan Valencia - 7/10 - Didn't make mistakes.

Jon Gallagher - 6/10 - Not given time to do much, but fine.