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BLOG: Austin FC settles for draw during electric home opener at Q2 Stadium

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BLOG: Austin FC settles for draw during electric home opener at Q2 Stadium

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin was completely Verde on Saturday in celebration of Austin FC’s home debut at Q2 Stadium in north Austin.

After over two hours of celebration by the sellout, home crowd, Austin FC and San Jose settled for a 0-0 draw. The lack of goals doesn’t take away from an electric night at Q2 Stadium.

Over 20,000 fans congregated at Austin’s new home for soccer Saturday night for the start of professional sports in the city.

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Below is a full recap from a full day at Q2 Stadium.

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10 p.m. Saturday

That’s it. Austin FC will finish at 0-0 with San Jose.

9:55 p.m. Saturday

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Once again, Brad Stuver is the man of the match for Austin FC.

9:40 p.m. Saturday

Austin FC has doubled San Jose in shots, but can’t find its moment of magic to take a 1-0 lead. Alex Ring and the rest of Verde are bombarding the San Jose net with 20 minutes remaining in the match.

9 p.m. Saturday

After 45 minutes, everyone at Q2 Stadium needs to take a collective breath. A fast-paced half with multiple primo opportunities for both teams ended without a goal.

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Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver was solid again in net, keeping the game scoreless late in the half.

8:50 p.m. Saturday

Austin FC supporters raised the TIFO prior to the home opener Saturday night, which is a banner found in soccer circles around the world.

Austin FC’s TIFO is an homage to several Austin icons like an Armadillo and Willie Nelson.


8:20 p.m. Saturday

Q2 Stadium is rocking as Austin FC kicks off against the San Jose Earthquakes. Check out these videos in the build up to the start of the match.


8:10 p.m. Saturday

Matthew McConaughey + his drum = Perfect Austin FC home opener.

You can read more about Austin FC’s minority owner and Minister of Culture here.

7 p.m. Saturday

Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is sticking with the XI he knows for the home opener against the San Jose Earthquakes.


6:15 p.m. Saturday

This day is a special celebration for a community of soccer supporters who have fought for a professional soccer franchise in Austin over multiple years.

KXAN’s Kelsey Thompson spoke with several supporters about their feelings as Austin FC makes its home debut at Q2 Stadium.

Read more about their story here.


5:45 p.m. Saturday

Supporter groups began their march to Q2 Stadium for the first time around 5:15 p.m. — accompanied with music by La Murga de Austin.

  • March to the Match led by Austin Anthem at first home game at Q2 Stadium (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)
  • Austin Anthem march to the Austin FC match 6-19-21
  • Austin Anthem march to the Austin FC match 6-19-21
  • Austin Anthem march to the Austin FC match 6-19-21

5 p.m. Saturday

Austin FC fans enter Q2 Stadium for the first time!


4 p.m. Saturday

If you’re heading to the stadium and are worried about traffic, here’s the KXAN traffic map with the latest backups around Q2 Stadium.

The best traffic advice for Saturday afternoon is to avoid MoPac Expressway North.

If you’re coming from downtown Austin, try Burnet Road. If you’re coming from the east, take U.S. Highway 183 to Burnet Road. If you’re driving from the west, consider exiting on U.S. 183 to Braker Lane and taking it to The Domain.

Traffic inside of The Domain is already showing up red on the maps as of 4 p.m. Saturday.


2:50 p.m. Saturday

Sweet pup Geraldine is the first honorary Austin FC mascot from Austin Pets Alive!

The club and Austin Pets Alive! are partnering to help promote and raise the profile of dog adoption in a first-of-its-kind program in which dogs available for adoption will serve as honorary Austin FC mascots at each home match.

You can read more about the partnership here.


2:30 p.m. Saturday

This is the way to tee off the third round of the U.S. Open. Check out former Texas Longhorns golfer Dylan Frittelli’s Austin FC jersey swag on the first tee Saturday at Torrey Pines in California.

Also, Frittelli striped that drive.

Author: Andrew Schnitker
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

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