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Looking to build on offensive outburst, Austin FC host FC Dallas

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Austin FC will look to enact some revenge against FC Dallas — and build on some rare momentum — when their geographic rivals makes the trip south on Interstate 35 Sunday.

Austin FC’s most recent outing was a 3-1 home win over Portland last weekend, snapping a three-match losing streak. They had won only one of their previous six matches, and among the losses was at FC Dallas on Aug. 7, and Austin is looking for a little payback for that 2-0 result.

Austin (5-11-4, 19 points) scored its three goals in the first 29 minutes against the Timbers and now has 17 goals this season in its 20 contests, with seven of those coming in two victories against Portland.

Even with its four tallies last week, Austin still has the fewest goals in the league, four fewer than FC Cincinnati. Austin coach Josh Wolff said the first-year team is still very much on a learning curve.

“It’s about communication and clarity and staying consistent with our messaging to the players toward what we’re doing and how we want to play.” Wolff said. “That is still ongoing. We’re bringing in players from different teams and different countries and giving them new ideas and a style to play.”

And despite being tied with Houston at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, Austin FC remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, seven points back of seventh place San Jose and the last spot. Their next three matches are against Dallas (11th place), Vancouver (10th), and Houston (13th).

FC Dallas (5-9-7, 22 points) head to Austin carrying a three-match winless streak that includes a 2-2 draw at Houston on Aug. 21 in its most recent match and home losses to Seattle and Sporting KC.

“Austin has got a lot of good attacking players but it’s not really about them,” FC Dallas defender Emmanuel Twumasi said this week. “We’ve got to make it about us to try and get a win. We’re not doing so well right now and we need to turn the page and hopefully can do that in Austin.”

FC Dallas have not lost on the road since July 21 in Colorado, securing a win and two draws over that stretch.

–Field Level Media

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