The Seattle Sounders are visiting Austin FC this Wednesday in their second and final meeting of the 2023 MLS regular season. Here is everything you need to know:
WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Tex.
WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be available to watch on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV
WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air in English on 950 KJR AM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360AM.
2023 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 10-9-7 (37 points, 3rd West), Austin: 9-11-5 (32 points, 9th West)
FORM GUIDE (most recent first): Seattle: D-L-D-L-W, Austin: L-L-W-L-W
PREVIOUS MEETING: Austin FC defeated the Sounders 2-1 on May 17, 2023, at Lumen Field, behind goals from Ethan Finlay and Gyasi Zardes. Fredy Montero tallied a goal in the 79th minute, but it wasn't enough for the Sounders to secure a result.
READY FOR A ROAD WIN: After ending in a 1-1 draw Sunday night against the Loons, the Sounders are looking to close out their road trip with a win over Austin. Three points in Austin would be a crucial pickup in the push for the postseason.
SUPPORT FROM THE BENCH: With only a few days to recover from Sunday’s match against Minnesota United, the Sounders will need to utilize their bench for Wednesday’s battle in Austin. Given that this is a three-game week for the squad, it’ll be important to take advantage of fresh legs.
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EVENLY MATCHED: The Sounders and Austin FC have only met five times since the Texas squad's inaugural MLS season in 2021. Since then, it’s been evenly matched, with Austin having one win, the Sounders having two, and the two teams tying twice.
DESPERATE FOR POINTS: Austin FC currently sits in the No. 9 spot in MLS Western Conference standings. The Texas squad sits on the cusp of the postseason as new the new format features nine teams from each conference to qualify for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
DOMINANT DRIUSSI: Sebastián Driussi leads Austin FC with 7 goals this season, while also supporting the team with 3 assists. Since his debut in 2021, he’s tallied 34 regular season goals and 15 assists, along with 3 goals in the 2022 postseason.