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.
San Antonio FC defeated the Des Moines Menace (PDL), 2-1, last night to advance to the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. A second half comeback, fueled by goals from Sam McBride and Jacques Francois, means that SAFC will now travel to Houston to play the Houston Dynamo (MLS) on June 15th.
In front of a modest crowd of 1,754, Des Moines held San Antonio scoreless heading into the break at 0-0. It wasn't until 15 minutes into the second half that the Menace broke the deadlock. Midfielder Christian Flath beat captain Josh Ford off a free kick from just outside the box. The kick curled around the wall and into the net to give the amateur side the 1-0 advantage. The Alamo City boys played more urgently after falling behind and were able to equalize when defender Sam McBride scored his first professional goal - a header off a Carlos Alvarez free kick.
San Antonio would keep the pressure on the Menace and finally gained the lead as none other than Jacques Francois, the Haitian Sensation, scored his third U.S. Open Cup goal off a Greg Cochrane cross. Francois has now scored both game winners in each of San Antonio's Open Cup matches.
San Antonio will have a short turnaround as they will travel back home today to prepare for their first in-state road trip down to face Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday.
Alamo Soccer's Man of the Match: Jacques Francois (1 goal, game winner)
Fueled by a pro-debut brace by Haitian international Jacques Francois, San Antonio FC (USL) defeated Corinthians FC of San Antonio (NPSL) 3-1 to advance in the U.S. Open Cup. The scoring opened up early as Jason Johnson scored in the 3' off a Francois assist in the box. The Alamo boys continued to put on pressure for most of the first half, with multiple scoring opportunities wasted.
The sides would break at half with the home team up 1-0. That lead did not last however, as Corinthians were able to equalize in the 47' when Chapman-Page rolled the ball past captain Josh Ford. The excitement in Toyota Field was almost bursting from its seams in the 70' when Jacques Francois opened up his professional account with a howler of a goal after taking the ball solo from midfield. He doubled his tally in the 74' to put the game out of reach for the visitors.
With the Des Moines Menace (PDL) defeating fellow USL side Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0, San Antonio FC will next travel to Iowa to face the Menace in the Open Cup Third Round on June 1. Should the Alamo City boys win that match, a date with either FC Dallas or the Houston Dynamo will likely be in store as MLS clubs enter the competition in the Fourth Round.
Alamo Soccer's Man of the Match: Jacques Francois (2 goals, 1 assist)
The San Antonio Scorpions have been knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup in the Third Round by the Austin Aztex of the USL. The Aztex beat San Antonio, 2-0, at Toyota Field on Wednesday. This is the second loss versus the Aztex in 2015, the previous one coming in the pre-season.
The Aztex will next face the Houston Dynamo of MLS in the Fourth Round. The Scorpions continue NASL play this Saturday, May 30th, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers - a rematch of the 2014 Soccer Bowl. #SASvFTL
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