Austin FC clinches first-ever playoff berth: ‘We can go as far as we want’

Although Austin’s success was ultimately down to their on-field play, the support they received at Q2 Stadium was monumental. Wednesday’s game was the 32nd consecutive sellout at the 20,738-seat venue, the longest active streak in MLS. The crowd was buoyant, propelling them to eight home wins and a +18 goal difference, the third-best mark in the league this season.

“I think the players have that energy. You see it when we score goals, the stadium explodes,” Fagúndez said. “It’s green, everyone is cheering, water is splashing everywhere. It’s just an amazing feeling. Not everyone wants to come and play here. It’s a tough place to play.”

It’s an advantage that could prove important come playoff time, with Austin in prime position to clinch a top-two spot in the Western Conference, which would secure them hosting rights for the first round. playoffs and for the semi-finals if they advance.

“This fanbase and this city pushes us and encourages us,” Wolff said. “When we catch a goal, you can see how fast the game is going in our direction. The more you make sure you play in front of those fans and get that boost, the better our chances no matter who is here. We showed We can beat anyone in this league.

There are three games left in Austin’s 2022 season, starting with Saturday’s visit from Nashville SC and fellow MVP candidate Hany Mukhtar. They will be looking for a rematch, having lost 3-0 at GEODIS Park last week.

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