When Austin FC travels to face FC Dallas on Sunday, they will be looking to improve their standing atop the Major League Soccer Western Conference standings.
The visitors have moved a point ahead of second-place Los Angeles FC after four straight triumphs, while their hosts are in sixth position after six games without a victory.
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Dallas had a particularly good start to the Major League Soccer season, immediately moving up to the top of the Western Conference with 22 points from the first 11 games.
Although they beat Orlando City away from home after two losses, Nico Estevez’s team has since witnessed a severe decline in their form, having won just one of their previous nine league games.
The Burn haven’t won in six games after their lone victory, but they did manage to add two points to their total earlier in July with back-to-back draws against Inter Miami and Houston Dynamo, even though they were beaten in the 11th minute of extra time in the latter game after leading 2-1 thanks to Matt Hedges and Jesus Ferreira.
The Texan team last played in New York city, hoping to snap their losing streak, but they left the game empty-handed because Heber’s goal in the first half was the deciding factor at the Toyota stadium.
After an excellent start, Estevez’s team has now plummeted to sixth place, and they will be keen to win on Sunday in order to improve their playoff chances.
The Conference leaders arrive looking to continue their fantastic run of form, so it won’t be a simple feat.
With a strong start, Josh Wolff’s team quickly moved into the front of the pack in their division. After a brief slump in May, when they won four of five games, Austin has since gone on a six-game winning streak. They began with victories over CF Montreal and the team they would face on Sunday, then put together a run of four straight victories going into the weekend, beginning with road victories over Charlotte FC and Colorado Rapids.
Felipe Martins, Ethan Finlay, and Sebastian Driussi scored in a 3-0 thrashing of Atlanta United. Wolff’s team then hosted Houston Dynamo last time out, and they once again came away with all three points thanks to goals from Diego Fagundez, Maximiliano Urruti, and Alexander Ring in a 3-1 victory after falling behind early on in the game.
With a lead over second-placed Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference that they have successfully jumped and maintained, Austin will attempt to extend their position with what would be a fifth consecutive victory.
Austin, who enters as the Conference leader and is in excellent form, is favored to defeat Dallas and win their fifth straight game on Sunday.