Austin FC aim to bounce back in crucial match against Colorado Rapids

Austin FC face Colorado Rapids to get back to winning ways in MLS
Austin FC v Colorado Rapids
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After a defeat to Real Salt Lake before the international break, Austin FC looks to bounce back as they face the Colorado Rapids away from home. Sitting in 6th place in the Western Conference, Austin FC is above the playoff line and five points behind the fourth place. A win would be essential to create positive momentum before their matchup with LAFC on Wednesday.

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Coach Josh Wolff relies on a talented roster, including Sebastián Driussi, who has been one of the team's offensive standouts. Alongside him, Diego Fagúndez and Emiliano Rigoni are key players in the attack, providing creativity and finishing. The defense, led by Julio Cascante, has also shown solidity in crucial moments.

The Colorado Rapids, on the other hand, are struggling, having not won in four matches. The team's last victory was on May 15 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. These matches have been marked by many goals, with an average of 5.25 per game, indicating a vulnerable defense that Austin FC can exploit.

During the international window, both teams had players called up for their national teams. For Colorado, Cole Bassett and Moïse Bombito were called up, along with goalkeeper Adam Beaudry. For Austin, Osman Bukari, Julio Cascante, and Leo Väisänen represented their countries. This diversity of international talent adds an extra layer of competitiveness to the matchup.

For Austin FC, securing three points in Colorado will be crucial, especially with a stretch of three games in eight days. A win would not only boost the team's confidence but also consolidate their position in the standings, strengthening their playoff ambitions.