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HIGHLIGHTS: Austin FC scores first goals ever at Q2 Stadium, wins 4-1 against Portland Timbers

Here are the latest score updates, news and highlights from the Austin FC vs. Portland Timbers match.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin FC kicked off its twelfth match of the 2021 Major League Soccer (MLS) season on Thursday, July 1, against Portland Timbers.

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Final: 4-1

Austin FC claimed its third win this season, the first at Q2 Stadium, with a 4-1 win against the Portland Timbers. The team split its goals evenly over the two halves of the match.

Following the match, forward John Gallagher – who scored the first goal – commented on the team's non-scoring drought.

"It’s a strange feeling. I mean, I’ve been on teams where you’re not scoring but that’s because you’re not creating chances. You’ve seen at Q2 [Stadium] where we’ve just been dominating games, peppering the goals, especially the first 15 minutes or something. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, one of them has got to go in, one of them has got to bounce off someone’s head or thigh or something," Gallagher said. "We’ve just got to get lucky, and when that happens, the floodgates open. I woke up having a good feeling this morning and felt that we were going to score tonight. We had to."

Head Coach Josh Wolff called the win "extremely significant."

"We went in the locker room after the game and that’s what I said. They brought us all here. They built this unbelievable stadium. Delivered us to this fantastic community and we’re fortunate enough to get goals and cap for a win. But the fans, everything’s been right. Tonight, we got the goal, to break that seal and to cap it off for our first win in Q2 [Stadium]. It’s a momentous occasion, and we’re very fortunate to be doing what we do," Wolff said. "Moments like this to be a first-year team, to get your first goal, your first win, you know it will be memorable. Certainly will be very memorable for me and I hope all these players and fans remember it as memorable of an experience."

Second half

After a 30-minute standstill in the second half, team captain Alex Ring scored the third goal of the match. Four minutes later Hector Jimenez scored yet another goal, setting the score at 4-1.

First half

Austin FC has scored its first-ever goal at Q2 Stadium. Cheers erupted at Q2 as Jon Gallagher scored within the first 27 minutes of the game. 

Just a few minutes after that, Austin FC's Diego Fagundez scored another, setting the score at 2-0 against the Portland Timbers.

Preview

Austin FC hosts its third match at Q2 Stadium, looking to get the club's first goal and win at home. The verde and black finished with another scoreless draw in its last match against the Columbus Crew, making the team's winless streak eight games. 

Scoring has also been a struggle for Austin FC. The club has only scored one goal in the last seven matches, when Cecilio Dominguez scored in a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City on June 12. 

Portland enters this match coming off of a 1-0 loss to Minnesota United FC. The Timbers have 13 points with a 4-5-1 record (win-loss-draw). They sit in seventh place in the Western Conference due to a tiebreaker over Real Salt Lake. 

Sebastian Blanco is returning from a torn ACL he suffered last summer. He is joined on the injured list by fellow attackers Marvin Loria, Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Andy Polo. But those aren’t the only players who will be missing the match for Portland. The Timbers have two players competing in Copa America: winger Yimmi Chara is playing for Colombia and striker Felipe Mora is competing with Chile.

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