Austin FC hosts Nashville SC on Saturday in a MLS Western Conference fixture. Austin FC is second in the conference table add 16-6-9 on 54 points with a goal difference of +18. Austin is seven points adrift of first place LAFC. Austin clinched its first ever postseason appearance when defeating Real Salt Lake 3-0 on Wednesday. Moussa Djitte scored a hat-trick for Austin with goals in the 60th, 76th and 80th minute.
Austin snapped its losing streak of three matches with its victory over Real Salt Lake. Austin has scored three goals or more in 12 matches this season which is the most in league play. Sebastian Driussi is the leading goal scorer for Austin with 20, while Maximiliano Urutti has scored nine. Diego Fagundez is the leader in assists 13 and three others have five assists apiece.
Nashville is fourth in the conference table a 12-10-9 on 46 points with a goal difference of +11. Nashville was held at home last Saturday to a 1-1 draw by the LA Galaxy. Nashville opened the scoring with a goal in the 29th minute by Hany Mukhtar. However, Nashville was called for a penalty in second-half stoppage time (90’+9’) and LA converted to share the spoils.
Nashville was victorious in its most recent match on the road when defeating Vancouver 3-0 in late August. Nashville has six victories this season on the road with four draws and five losses. Hany Mukhtar is the leading goal scorer for Nashville with 22 while C.J. Sapong has scored five. Mukhtar is the leader in assists with eight and Sapong has five.