Auston Trusty played his first competitive fixture since joining Arsenal this week, completing 90 minutes in the CONCACAF Champions League knockouts.

REUNION, FLORIDA: Roger Espinoza #15 of Sporting Kansas City and Auston Trusty #5 of Colorado Rapids battle for a header during a Group D match as part of the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 17, 2020. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
REUNION, FLORIDA: Roger Espinoza #15 of Sporting Kansas City and Auston Trusty #5 of Colorado Rapids battle for a header during a Group D match as part of the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 17, 2020. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Auston Trusty was Arsenal’s only official senior signing of the January transfer window, with Lino Sousa starting his Arsenal career in the u18s and Matt Turner not formally completing his transfer until the summer.

The 23-year-old centre-back went back out on loan to the Colorado Rapids, who were on their break between seasons at the time.

The MLS runs on a calendar-year basis, so they don’t have any fixtures over the festive period.

As a result, Trusty only played his first fixture of the new season this week, facing off against Comunicaciones FC in the CONCACAF Champions League Round-of-16 first-leg.

On an individual basis, the centre-back put in a good performance. He made six clearances, two interceptions, and one tackle on the defensive end, and he completed 88% of his passes – including six of seven long balls – in possession.

Unfortunately, his team ended up suffering a 1-0 defeat to a late long-distance deflected effort off Rapids substitute Bryan Acosta.

SANDY, UTAH - MAY 02: Lucas Cavallini #9 of Vancouver Whitecaps battles for the ball against Auston Trusty #5 of Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
SANDY, UTAH: Lucas Cavallini #9 of Vancouver Whitecaps battles for the ball against Auston Trusty #5 of Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 02, 2021. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The upside is that this is only the midway point in the tie. Trusty’s side still have the home leg to come, and they’ll hope to be able to turn things around.

If you’re interested, the full first leg is available to watch here.

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