Major League Soccer

Josh Wolff hails Sebastian Driussi after leading Austin FC to MLS record

Lizzy Becherano
Sebastian Driussi scored twice for Austin FC against Inter Miami to break MLS record
Sebastian Driussi scored twice for Austin FC against Inter Miami to break MLS record / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff praised Sebastian Driussi after the forward scored twice in their latest match, leading the Western Conference side to break the MLS record for most goals scored in the first two games of the season.  

Driussi led Austin to their second consecutive victory, first defeating FC Cincinnati 5-0 in the season opener before triumphing 5-1 against Inter Miami.

Wolff now believes the striker can make the necessary difference for Austin FC.

"Driussi can set the bar as high as he wants. He has that ability, he really does. His work ethic, his charisma, his quality is impeccable. Players gravitate towards him, he gravitates towards them as well. He plays in all areas of the field: Build-up, out wide, and what I always say is he always thrives around goal," he said

"He has such a hunger to move the attack. We're certainly pleased to have him. Once we were able to have him, he's a guy we were certainly glad to get across the line."

Driussi first joined Austin in the summer of 2021, coming in as a Designated Player on a multi-year contract. The Western Conference club exercised the buyout clause of his agreement with FC Zenit St. Petersburg shortly after he helped his former team win the Russian Super Cup on July 17. 

He kicked off his professional career as a 17-year-old, debuting with Argentina’s famed Club Atlético River Plate in 2013. 

During his first season with the team, Driussi managed five goals and five assists in 17 matches, but now it seems the player is ready to up his stats after only two games. 

"You saw it last year when we brought him in: He brought a different speed and a different talent level that we needed last year, and I think just being with this group for part of last year and through this preseason," said Austin's Brad Struver of his teammate.

"It's really given the guys a better understanding of, 'Ok, when he goes we need to be with him, when he moves, we need to fill his space.' You see a lot of guys working off him and kind of switching positions interchangeably.

"Everyone knows their role, and just knowing that Seb is going to be working his butt off for 90 minutes, it makes everyone else need to do the same."

The team returns to action on March 12 against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.