Team of the Matchday: Seattle Sounders turn corner in Matchday 24
Seattle Sounders FC are back within striking distance of first place in the Western Conference standings, earning three spots on Matchday 24’s Team of the Matchday presented by Audi.
Sebastián Driussi joined Austin FC as a Designated Player in the summer of 2021 and has since established himself as one of the top players in Major League Soccer. His 22 goals and 29 goal contributions during the 2022 regular season ranked second and third most in the league, respectively. He added three (3) goals in three (3) MLS Cup Playoff matches, leading the Verde & Black to the Western Conference Final. Prior to the start of the 2023 season, Driussi signed a multi-year contract extension with Austin, keeping him in the Texas capital through 2025 with an additional option for 2026.
The Argentine collected several accolades for his performance in 2022. Driussi finished second in Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player voting, was voted to the MLS Best XI and the MLS All-Star Team, was named MLS Player of the Month twice and to the MLS Team of the Week 11 times. Austin FC’s goals-per-game average has more than doubled since Driussi’s Club debut.
Before joining Austin, Driussi began his professional career in 2013 as a 17-year-old with River Plate in his native Argentina. Driussi scored 31 goals in four (4) seasons with River Plate and moved to Zenit St. Petersburg of the Russian Premier League in 2017. With Zenit, Driussi scored 25 goals in 119 appearances, helping the team win three (3) consecutive domestic league titles and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for three (3) consecutive seasons from 2019-2021.