If you didn’t believe that Austin FC were the real deal, you surely do now.
On Friday night, the Verde and Black demolished run-away league-leaders LAFC 4-1 at Q2 Stadium.
Maxi Urruti bagging a brace, while Diego Fagúndez and then current golden boot leader Sebastián Driussi also scored.
This is the first time LAFC have been 2+ goals down in a game since Austin themselves won at Banc of California Stadium on 18 May.
Also, Austin have scored 3+ goals in five successive home games, the first club to achieve this since LAFC in 2019.
Josh Wolff’s team ended their expansion season with 31 points, but already have 51 with seven games to go.
They’re set to smash the record of 25, set by Chivas USA (2005-06), for biggest point improvement from one season to another.
In terms of the table, Austin are second in the Western Conference, hunting down LAFC who remain six points clear in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
So, will the Texans win again?
Portland Timbers meantime also enjoyed a noteworthy victory on Friday night, beating Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders 2-1.
Despite falling behind just five minutes in at Providence Park, Dairon Asprilla and Sebastián Blanco scored in the comeback victory.
Before this, Giovanni Savarese’s side were actually winless in five MLS matches, but are now eighth, just one point below the play-off line.
Here, can the Timbers cause an upset at Q2 Stadium?