Photo courtesy Will Leverett for Austin Bold FC
AUSTIN, Texas — In front of a sellout crowd of 5,803 fans, Austin Bold FC (1-1-1) defeated San Antonio FC (0-3-1), 1-0, to collect the first win in club history and take the first edition of the Central Texas Derby.
Striker Kléber notched his second goal of the season, burying the ball after defender Sean McFarlane deflected a corner kick toward the back post.
The Bold had several chances prior to Kléber’s 77th-minute effort but had trouble capitalizing. Midfielder Xavier Báez narrowly just missed on a pair of opportunities, including a shot in the 12th minute from inside the goal area that sailed wide of the left post.
Midfielder Valeri Saramutin had a solid chance to score the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute with a shot from outside the box, but the ball sailed high and wide.
Diego Restrepo picked up his second clean sheet of the season, placing him in a tie for second in the league. The clean sheet was also the 18th of his USL Championship career, the 20th-most in league history.
ABFC will returns to the pitch on Saturday, April 6 with a contest in Sacramento, Calif. against Republic FC. Kickoff is slated for 9:30 p.m. CT and the match can be viewed digitally on ESPN+.
ABFC: 1-0, Kléber (Sean McFarlane assist) 77’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Leeroy Maguraushe – 25')
SAFC: Yellow Card (Moises Hernandez – 54')
ABFC: Yellow Card (Sean McFarlane – 59')
Austin Bold FC Starting XI
GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Sean McFarlane, Amobi Okugo, Jermaine Taylor, Thomas de Villardi; M: Marcelo Saragosa (Fabien Garcia 71’), Calum Mallace (André Lima 75’), Xavier Báez; F: Darío Conca (c) (Valeri Saramutin 65’), Kléber Giacomazzi, Promise Isaac
Subs Not Used: Juan David Ramírez, Jorge Troncoso, Julian Gaines, Sonny Guadarrama
Stats: Shots – 8, Shots on Goal – 2, Saves – 1, Fouls – 12, Corner Kicks – 2, Offside – 3
San Antonio FC Starting XI
GK: Jonathan Viscosi; D: Kai Greene, Joshua Yaro, Eby Ackon, Moises Hernandez (Walter Restrepo 90'); M: Michael Lahoud (c), Brian Gomez (Lance Laing 75'), Leeroy Maguraushe (Ever Guzman 65'), Jack Barmby, Billy Forbes; F: Cristian Parano
Sub Not Used: Matthew Cardone, Johnny Fenwick, Amer Didic, Bradford Jamieson IV
Stats: Shots – 15, Shots on Goal – 1, Saves – 1, Fouls – 14, Corner Kicks – 6, Offsides – 3