AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC has been hot lately, and the club is aiming for its fifth straight MLS win on Sunday when the LA Galaxy visits Q2 Stadium. Kickoff for the game will be a little after 6 p.m.
Austin is coming off of a crucial 2-1 victory over their rivals the Houston Dynamo, winning on the Dynamo’s home turf.
Now, the Verde and Black will return to its beloved home to face one of the tougher opponents to this point of the season.
The Galaxy is in contention in the Western Conference standings in the mix along with LAFC and Real Salt Lake. An Austin win Sunday will vault them into a tie for first with LAFC with 23 points. The Galaxy is currently in fourth place.
As always, Austin is excited to get a boost from the home fans, and head coach Josh Wolff believes this game is an opportunity to show the league how consistent Austin FC can be this season.
“We’re back at Q2 and we’ve talked from the onset this is about being in front of our fans, being aggressive when we can,” Wolff said. “LA Galaxy is a good opponent, they’ll come in, they’ll also want to put their stamp on the game, so, how we manage the game is the things we talk about a lot.”
This game will kick off a five-game stretch where Austin FC will play highly-regarded teams with winning records. Following Sunday’s match, Austin has two tough road matches with Real Salt Lake and LAFC. The squad comes back home to play Orlando on May 22, and then it’s back to the West Coast for another match May 26 against LA Galaxy. The combined record of Austin’s next five opponents is 26-13-10 (W-L-T).
“We’ve got two LA teams three times in the coming weeks, so it’ll provide some challenges but we look forward to the opportunity,” Wolff explained.
“They’ve doubted us since the beginning, and they’re going to keep doubting us even though we keep winning, which is fine. We don’t really care what they say,” midfielder Dani Pereira said. “Obviously, we have tougher teams coming up: LA Galaxy, LAFC, Salt Lake who are doing good, but we’re just going to have to take it game by game and hopefully get all of the points.”
You can watch Sunday’s game on FS1.