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MATCH RECAP: Tacoma Defiance Falls To Austin FC II 1-0 in Western Conference Semifinals


TUKWILA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance fell to Austin FC II 1-0 Sunday night at Starfire Stadium in the Western Conference Semifinals. The result concludes the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro campaign for Defiance, who won the Pacific Division and finished second in the Western Conference during the regular season.

After over an hour of back-and-forth action, Defiance was forced to play with 10 men for the final 20 minutes after Abdoulaye Cissoko was shown a red card in the 69th minute. Austin found the game-winner courtesy of Valentin Noël, slotting home a ball from inside the area in the 82nd minute. Defiance created multiple chances in the dying minutes of second-half stoppage time, but failed to find the equalizer and saw its postseason run come to an end.

Tacoma finished the regular season second place overall in the Western Conference with 57 points (14-5-9). This marked the second consecutive playoff appearance for Defiance, who reached the Western Conference Final last year.


Tacoma Defiance 0 – Austin FC II 1

Sunday October 8, 2023

Venue: Starfire Stadium

Referee: John Griggs

Assistants: Tom Felice, Seth Martin

Fourth official: Matthew Corrigan

Weather: 54 degree and partly cloudy


ATX – Valentin Noël (David Rodríguez) 82’


ATX – Christo Vela (caution) 30’ 

TAC – Braudilio Rodrigues (caution) 61’

TAC – Abdoulaye Cissoko (ejection) 69’

TAC – Frank Daroma (caution) 74’

ATX – Alfonso Ocampo-Chávez (caution) 89’ 

TAC – Fito Ovalle (caution) 89’ 


Tacoma Defiance – Jacob Castro; Fito Ovalle – captain, Stuart Hawkins, Abdoulaye Cissoko; Blake Bowen, Hal Uderitz, Frank Daroma, Travian Sousa; Ethan Dobbelaere (Gio Miglietti 54’), Dylan Teves (Georgi Minoungou 86’), Braudilio Rodrigues 

Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Antonio Herrera, Pedro, Chris Aquino, Juan Alvarez

Total shots: 9

Shots on goal: 2

Fouls: 11

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 4

Saves: 3

Austin FC II – Damian Las; Charlie Asensio, Salvatore Mazzaferro, Joe Hafferty, Cheick Touré; Alonso Ramírez, Christo Vela (Emmanuel Johnson 90+2'), Bobosi Byaruhanga; Valentin Noël (Alfonso Ocampo-Chávez 84’), Sebastien Pineau, David Rodríguez

Substitutes not used: Christopher Pinkham, Jonathan Santillan, Bryan Arellano, Anthony De Anda, Spencer Sanderson, Steeve Louis Jean, Leo Torres

Total shots: 12

Shots on goal: 4

Fouls: 16

Offside: 2

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 2