Violette AC Is Making History Against Austin FC
Violette AC pulled off the largest upset in CONCACAF Champion’s League history after they won 3–0 over Austin FC Tuesday night. It may have seemed like a fairy tale on the pitch, but Violette were already up against it before anyone even stepped foot on the field.
Violette were playing this match in the Dominican Republic due to “unsafe playing conditions” back home in Haiti. They qualified for the Champions League via the Caribbean Club Championship, and had not played a match in over 200 days. Playing a very sound tactical match, all while knowing that travel to Austin for the return leg was still up in the air due to *gestures toward Haitian-American relations since the dawn of time* and thier semi-professional status.
It would be ignorant to say that Violette are in uncharted territory, having won the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1984. However, North American soccer is in a much different place than it was in 1984.
Liga MX teams are spending more than they were compared to other CONCACAF leagues in 1984 and a professional league in the Americas actually exists.
Violette AC actually won the title after C.D. Guadalajara and New York Pancyprian-Freedoms couldn’t agree on dates and venues to play their final matchup.
This is not that 1984 team though, this is a squad who played their first match of the season against an Austin FC squad that many had picked to contend for the MLS Western Conference title.
Violette were up for the challenge though, and burst through the heavily rotated Austin backline that will be desperately struggling with depth this season.
Austin were able to out pass and out posess Violette but Violette’s tactic of clogging up the box paid huge dividens for the Haitians. Austin had ten shots on the night, only one shot registered on target. It was a hard night for Austin, an Austin squad that maybe isn’t ready to compete in multiple competitions… but an Austin squad that was absolutey expecting to fly out of the Dominican with an easy win.