Just doing my part to keep the Austin board on BigSoccer going. So we're in our first slump. Two points in our last three games, all at home. Not a great run, but here are what I see as the positives: 1. The attack has died down a bit, which was inevitable. But on an individual level, Tyrpak, Cortes, and Manneh are still showing tons of skill on the ball. Tyrpak has an endless supply of quick spins and flick-ons, but the "problem" is that he's also a great finisher. I wouldn't mind seeing him take more shots from distance, even though he's a great distributor. 2. On a team level, I still dig the system we're playing, with the one-touch passes in the midfield that eventually meet an onrushing flank player in the final third. Surprisingly, though, there aren't quite as many crosses coming into the box as you would think based on our success at getting the ball into the position we want. I'm not sure why that is, but I think the system is still theoretically sound. 3. The defense has been pretty strong. Laredo had a couple of breakaways in last night's game that should have resulted in shots on goal, but we've been able to avoid letting games get out of hand. The giveaway that led to Laredo's first goal came from the midfield rather than the backline. Our goal differential (which admittedly doesn't matter much in USL-PDL) hasn't suffered much as a result of our recent woes.