Austin FC’s Brad Stuver saves everything on 0-0 home opening night against San Jose

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AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — Brad Stuver tied his career-high with nine saves to help Austin FC to a 0-0 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night during the home debut of Austin’s Q2 Stadium.

Austin FC and San Jose ping ponged back and forth into the final third, but both sides lacked the finishing quality to pull ahead on a hot night at the north Austin stadium. A sellout crowd cheered on the home side as Austin celebrated its first professional sports franchise.

Stuver, who also had nine saves last time out in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on June 12, made a pair of stops in the closing minutes. He had a diving parry of a shot by Carlos Fierro in the 83rd minute and batted a strike by Cristian Espinosa outside the post in the 88th.

Austin (2-4-3) is unbeaten in three straight games but is winless over its last six. Austin has nine points in nine matches this season.

James Marcinkowski had six saves for San Jose (3-5-1). The Earthquakes snapped a four-game losing streak.

Stuver, a 30-year old in his ninth MLS season, has played every minute in goal this season for Austin. His nine starts this season match his career total coming into the year and he has 47 save. His previous season-high for saves had been 10.

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