Match Recap: Austin FC and LA Galaxy on September 24, 2023

Austin FC and LA Galaxy

Austin FC and LA Galaxy

Austin FC and LA Galaxy shared the spoils in an exciting 3-3 draw at Q2 Stadium, with goals contributed by Alex Ring, Ethan Finlay, and Emiliano Rigoni.

The Verde & Black wasted no time after a lengthy weather delay. Ring opened the scoring in the 11th minute, courtesy of a well-placed pass from Rigoni within the box. The Galaxy’s hopes were thwarted by Leo Väisänen’s exceptional goal-line clearance.

Both teams found the back of the net in first-half stoppage time. The Galaxy leveled the score when Riqui Puig converted a penalty, but Austin regained the lead just four minutes later. Jon Gallagher skillfully outmaneuvered his defender down the left flank and set up Finlay, who calmly slotted the ball home just before halftime.

Brad Stuver came up with two crucial saves early in the second half, denying LA’s Billy Sharp and Michael Barrios. Dani Pereira’s clever through ball paved the way for Rigoni to extend the Verde & Black’s lead in the 75th minute, as the Argentine unleashed a powerful strike past Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond.

LA Galaxy orchestrated a late comeback, with goals from Dejan Joveljic in the 89th minute and Michael Barrios in stoppage time, ensuring both teams earned a point on the night.

Goal Summary:

  • ATX (1-0) – Alex Ring (assisted by Emiliano Rigoni, Jon Gallagher) 11’
  • LA (1-1) – Riqui Puig (penalty) 45+2’
  • ATX (2-1) – Ethan Finlay (assisted by Jon Gallagher, Alex Ring) 45+6’
  • ATX (3-1) – Emiliano Rigoni (assisted by Dani Pereira) 75’
  • LA (3-2) – Dejan Joveljic (assisted by Billy Sharp, Michael Barrios) 89’
  • LA (3-3) – Michael Barrios (assisted by Jonathan Perez, Kelvin Leerdam) 90+4′

Next Match: Austin FC will embark on their 16th away fixture and 31st match of the 2023 Major League Soccer regular season as they face the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, September 30, at 8:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. MT. The match will be available for live streaming in both English and Spanish on the MLS Season Pass through the Apple TV app.

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