Final Whistle ATX: Questions for Austin FC’s Josh Wolff amid losing skid

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some Austin FC fans are questioning the future of head coach Josh Wolff just halfway into the club’s first ever MLS season – but is the criticism fair?

Austin lost its third straight game Wednesday night, falling 2-1 at home against fellow strugglers the Vancouver Whitecaps in a match that looked like a possible win on paper.

Final Whistle ATX’s producer, KXAN’s Matt Mitchell, makes his show debut this week alongside Wyatt Matson and Harley Tamplin to talk about the big questions surrounding Austin FC.

They discuss the match against the Whitecaps – in which ATXFC led at half time through a header from captain Alex Ring.

But inspired by new signing Ryan Gauld – also known as the “Scottish Messi” – Vancouver came roaring back in the second half, Jake Nerwinski equalizing before Brian White scored the winner.

Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff watches the action during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Nashville SC Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Defeat has intensified the pressure on Wolff, with some fans calling for change. With Austin FC rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference, the Final Whistle ATX guys react to the discontent and discuss whether the head coach is to blame.

They also took about the controversial substitution of Cecilio Dominguez, who was taken off less than 30 minutes into the game, and what it means for one of ATXFC’s designated players.

But it’s not all bad vibes this week as Harley tells the story of his surprise encounter with Austin FC general manager Claudio Reyna at Q2 Stadium before the Vancouver game.

Austin has a chance to turn around its recent poor form with another home match on Saturday, facing the Portland Timbers at Q2 Stadium.

Fans will be hoping for a repeat of Portland’s visit to Central Texas on July 1, when they were swept aside in a dominant Austin FC performance.

Catch new episodes of Final Whistle ATX every week on KXAN.com.

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