COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KXAN) — It was a historic night for Austin FC in Colorado as it not only scored the first three goals in franchise history, but it also registered its first win as a club.
Diego Fagundez forever etched his name in the record books when he scored Austin FC’s first ever goal in the 59th minute to level the score at 1-1. His appearance in the starting lineup was a bit of a fluke.
MLS asked Austin FC to hold out designated player Tomás Pochettino due to a league-related administrative issue with his registration. So in his place, Fagundez got his first start, which led to the historic first goal.
Austin didn’t let the moment distract it, though. Just eight minutes later, Fagundez stole the ball from Cole Bassett, which set up a possession for Austin FC deep in Rapids territory. Jon Gallagher made a run, but lost possession just inside the box. But Cecilio Dominguez was there for the quick strike to find the back of the net to give ATX FC its first lead at 2-1.
And then in the 71st minute, Dominguez, the first designated player in club history, did it again, scoring his second goal from just outside the box off an assist from Rodney Redes, the very first player Austin signed.
The flurry of goals in the second half erased a 1-0 halftime deficit. Colorado opened the scoring in the 36th minute off a set piece. Jack Price’s corner kick set up Andre Shinyashiki for the header for the first goal of the match.
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Austin FC fans traveled in force to watch their team take on the Colorado Rapids. Dozens of fans made the trek to Denver for the game, waving flags and shouting the team’s chants.
It made the upstart ATXFC team appear as if it had been around for decades.
“To be in that crowd, contributing to that historic victory, and then celebrating with the players at the final whistle is something no one who was there that night will ever forget!” Austin FC fan Mark Turner said. “Thank you, Austin FC, for one of the greatest footballing nights of my life!”
Austin FC’s Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey joined in the celebration, as well, following the win. He tweeted that this win will be the first of many.
Austin will continue its two-month long, seven-game road trip next Saturday in Minnesota, taking on Minnesota United FC, which lost, 2-1, to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.