San Antonio FC (USL) learned of the two possible Second Round opponents they will face on May 17th. In the First Round, the winner of the Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) and NTX Rayados (NTPSA) will face the second year USL club. If the Dutch Lions win, the match will be played in Conroe, Texas at the Lions' home field. If the Rayados win, San Antonio will host them at Toyota Field.
The Rayados were disqualified the night before their First Round match in 2016 because they didn't participate in a USSF-sanctioned league. This is the first appearance for the Dutch Lions in the U.S. Open Cup tournament.
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San Antonio FC will once again be participating in the countries oldest national soccer competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Like in 2016, SAFC will join the competition in the Second Round along with 17 fellow USL clubs and 6 NASL clubs. Both the NASL and USL will enter the competition in the same round this year due to the equal sanctioning of the leagues as both Division 2 by the USSF early this January. FC Dallas are the defending Open Cup champions.
For the entirety of their existence, the former San Antonio Scorpions played in the North American Soccer League which was the official second division in the American soccer landscape. When they folded after the 2015 season, San Antonio FC emerged as the city's next professional team to lead the charge for a potential Major League Soccer franchise, only this time in the third division United Soccer League.
How does this affect San Antonio FC?
San Antonio FC (USL) was eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup by the Houston Dynamo (MLS) 4-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium Wednesday night.
The brand new USL club held its own for the first 45 minutes in its first ever match against an MLS opponent, playing very well against their in-state rival. However, Houston opened up the scoring in the 39' after SAFC defender Milton Palacios slipped at the top of the box, giving room for Houston's Manotas space to slip the ball in past Josh Ford. It looked as though the visitors would go into halftime only down one, but Alex gave the home team a 2-0 lead in first half stoppage time after a deflected cross landed neatly for him.
The second half was a different story. Houston dominated possession as San Antonio couldn't get the ball out of their own half for the majority of the half. Two quick goals in the 60' and the 66' sealed the Cup victory for the MLS side.
Houston will await the Fifth Round draw tomorrow where they will find out their next opponent and what bracket they will be in as the pool of teams left continues to shrink.
This match was a great measuring stick for San Antonio. The organization and city are first class, but there is still work to do on the pitch. San Antonio resumes USL play on Saturday when they host the Colorado Switchbacks at Toyota Field. “Hopefully the guys can learn from tonight, and we’ll get better come the weekend" concluded Head Coach Darren Powell.
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