AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC made history by scoring its first-ever goal at Q2 Stadium Thursday night. Then, the flood gates opened for a green wave of goals.
Austin FC claimed its third win of the season — and first at Q2 Stadium — with a 4-1 win against the Portland Timbers in front of a sellout crowd in north Austin. Verde split its goal output evenly over the two halves, breaking Portland’s spirits in the final 20 minutes.
“I think it’s extremely significant. We went in the locker room after the game and that’s what I said. They brought us all here. They built this unbelievable stadium. Delivered us to this fantastic community and we’re fortunate enough to get goals and cap for a win. But the fans, everything’s been right. Tonight, we got the goal, to break that seal and to cap it off for our first win in Q2 [Stadium]. It’s a momentous occasion, and we’re very fortunate to be doing what we do,” Head Coach Josh Wolff said.
The historic first-ever goal came from Jon Gallagher in the 28th minute. Gallagher’s redirection was cause for massive celebration across Q2 Stadium and a sense of relief for the Austin FC XI on the pitch.
This goal was hard-earned by Verde after weeks of build up.
Prior to Thursday’s game, Austin FC hadn’t scored a goal in two straight home games and three games overall. Austin was just the third MLS franchise to go goalless during the first two home games of its inaugural season.
Prior to Thursday’s game, Austin FC had tallied just one goal in its last seven games, which came in a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City on June 12.
Diego Fagundez doubled Austin FC’s lead just five minutes after Gallagher’s goal, sending the supporters into another glow-in-the-dark frenzy. Fagundez poked the ball past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.
Verde held a 2-1 lead over Portland at halftime after the Timbers cut the deficit in half in the seventh minute of stoppage time in the first.
After 30 minutes of deadlock in the second half, Austin FC pushed through with another quick flurry of two goals.
Alex Ring scored off a set piece, heading the ball into the left corner of the goal to return Verde to its 3-1 lead. Four minutes later, Hector Jimenez got on the goal sheet for the final tally of 4-1.
Austin FC has 13 points and moved up to ninth place in the MLS Western Conference standings following Thursday’s win. Portland is in seventh place with 13 points — ahead of Austin on goal differential.
Austin will host LAFC next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. You can watch the game live on KBVO-TV.