Austin FC plays Sunday against the Los Angeles Football Club for a spot in the Major League Soccer Cup Final.
Austin FC is a young team with just two seasons in the books. The team hasn’t even had enough time to carve out real rivals on the pitch. Sure, there is Houston just down the road, and one could guess Columbus, given the team ownership and administration’s roots running that club.
From a competitive standpoint, Austin just beat FC Dallas for the first time to make it to the Western Conference finals, which was a big deal for the fanbase.
“Beating Dallas still feels like a dream for all of us,” said Carlos Treviño-Frank, a huge Austin FC fan who gained notoriety for driving in for all of Austin’s home games in 2021 — from Arkansas.
“But to be able to do it in the playoffs on our home pitch was incredible,” he said. “And the emotion that ran through myself and all the other supporters that I know — I couldn’t tell you how many of us cried. It was incredible.”
Yes, things can get a little emotional between Dallas and Austin, but perhaps the team’s real rival is this weekend’s opponent: LAFC.
Austin Head Coach Josh Wolff reminded everyone at a recent news conference that LA had the league’s best record.
“I think it’s a natural conversation that we are the underdog,” he said. “This is our second season. We’ve made a lot of progress, and we’ve been a good team, a very consistent team over the entire year.”