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MLS Preview: FC Dallas (4-3-3) at Austin FC (2-4-4)

Austin FC recorded its first victory over FC Dallas in last season’s conference semi-finals after going winless in the first five meetings, all in the regular season (D2 L3). FC Dallas won all three meetings in 2021 but Austin FC avoided defeat in all three 2022 meetings (W1 D2, including playoffs),

Austin FC is winless in seven straight MLS matches (D4 L3), a run that began with a loss to Texas rivals Houston Dynamo FC on March 18. This is Austin FC’s second-longest winless run in league play (8 straight in May-June 2021) as the Verde never went more than three in a row without a win all of last year.

FC Dallas has won one of its last 12 road matches against fellow Texas sides (D7 L4), though that win was a 5-3 victory in Austin in August 2021. Beginning with that game, there have been a total of 24 goals scored in FC Dallas’ last five road games against Texas opponents, with at least three going in every match.

Will Bruin’s equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time for Austin FC against the Portland Timbers on Saturday was the fifth result-changing goal he’s scored in stoppage time in his MLS career (2 winners, 3 equalizers). Since he joined the league in 2011, only Alan Gordon (6) has more such goals.

Jesus Ferreira has scored four goals in six career games against Austin FC, equaling Jeremy Ebobisse for the most against Austin FC in the club’s MLS history. All four of those goals were scored in the 2021 campaign as Ferreira was held scoreless in all three meetings last year.

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