Austin FC's Matt Besler will be back amid familiar surroundings Sunday night, with a revised outlook. The former Sporting Kansas City captain will return to his hometown and the venue where he played for 12 seasons when Austin FC (2-1-0, 6 points) and SKC (1-1-1, 4 points) meet Sunday. It will be the fourth game of an eight-game road stretch to open the inaugural season for Austin.
Starting Out Strong A win on Saturday against New York City FC would match the Lions’ best start in Club history after going four fixtures unbeaten to start the 2016 MLS campaign with a 2-0-2 record. The Lions battled to draws against Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire before taking victories over Saturday’s opposition and the Portland Timbers to begin their second season in Major League Soccer just five years ago.
Pulido and Walter are square – allowing RSL to pass between the lines – and Ilie is nowhere near Ruiz. Furthermore, left winger Khiry Shelton is in no-man’s land. He can neither cut out a pass wide to Brody nor prevent the most dangerous ball: a splitting pass behind Shelton and in front of left back Luis Martins.