Minnesota United 0-1 Austin FC: Fagundez goal, stingy defense power Los Verdes
Photo: Austin FC official website

Austin FC have won their second straight game as they defeated Minnesota United 1-0 at Allianz Field.

Diego Fagundez scored the only goal of the game in the 16th minute as Los Verdes made it six points from their first three games.

Story of the match

Austin made a good start to the game and in the 17th minute, Jared Stroud was in alone down the right and he sent in a perfectly weighted cross that eventually found Fagundez, who finished past Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair ffrom close range.

Minnesota saw little of the ball in the first half and their only real opportunity came when Ramon Abila linked up with Emmanuel Reynoso, but his shot hit the post.

The Loons had their best chance of the match in the 83rd minute through 17-year old substitute Patrick Weah as he managed to get his head on the end of a Justin McMaster cross, but Brad Stuver made a fine save.

At the other end, Austin sub Ronny Redes nearly put the cherry on top, but his shot cannoned off of the post.

Man of the Match: Diego Fagundez

Although Alexander Ring controlled the game from the midfield, Fagundez got the all-important goal that gave Austin all three points. Having scored in consecutive games, he's helped Los Verdes adapt to life in MLS.


Austin stick to who they are

Manager Josh Wolff promised a possession-oriented style of play and his side held the ball for 60 percent of the contest, dictating as often as they could. As this team continues to grow, you can see Wolff's imprint all over the team.

Stroud making a difference

Having started the last two games, the winger continues to make an impact. He had an assist on the lone goal of the match and he set up Danny Hoesen for a possible second goal.

The possession style of play that Stroud employs plus his work rate makes him the ideal player for Wolff's system.