The Austin Aztex finish their USL debut season a long way from home when they take on MLS reserve side Vancouver Whitecaps 2. The game pits 10th versus 11th with nothing on the line except pride and final table position. Each team has 30 points. The best finish for either side is 9th.
The Aztex are on a two game losing streak heading into the final game. They lost 3-0 to the Switchbacks FC and on Thursday fell to Seattle 3-2. The Aztex showed a lot of character going down to Seattle in the first ten minutes on the road and fighting their way back to take the lead. However, they were undone on two set pieces at the end of each half. In each instance they failed to clear their lines. Sounders 2 were able to capitalize on second chance opportunities.
Vancouver is also on a winless streak. They have not won in their last four matches. Last week they earned their first point with a 1-1 draw against the Orange County Blues FC. It was an open game with plenty of opportunities.
Each team will want to end their season with a win. The two sides met way back in April in Austin. Vancouver handed the Aztex their first home loss. The final score 3-0.
Players to watch for the Aztex are Trevin Caesar, Romain Gall and Tony Rocha. Caesar has been electric, especially during the second half of the season, becoming the team’s leading goal scorer with 9 on the season. Gall, the Columbus Crew SC loanee, has proved he is a triple threat on the left wing. He takes defenders on, creates chances, and scores. Rocha has become the anchor in midfield. Strong in the tackle, good close control and quick to turn defense into attack. A concern for Austin heading into this game is on the defensive side of the ball. They have been solid at the back this season but have allowed six goals in the last two games.
Vancouver two dangerous goal scorers are Marco Bustos and Caleb Clarke. They have notched fourteen goals between them. Clarke in particular was a handful for the Aztex at the beginning of the season. In addition, Kadin Chung, a 17-year old Vancouver academy graduate made his professional debut last week. The young player was heralded for the impact he made.
Game : Sunday September 20th, 5pm CDT