San Antonio FC drew with fellow South Texas Rival, Rio Grande Valley FC, on a very humid evening in front of 4,650 fans on Wednesday night. The home squad came out in the first half the more aggressive side but still could not get a goal in the back of the net.
“The guys fought hard," said Coach Powell, "At the end of the day, we earned a good clean sheet." It's the second clean sheet of the season for SAFC and the first since their inaugural match at S2 back in early April.
Unfortunately, the Alamo City boys are currently on a 225 minute USL scoreless streak, dating back to their last away match in Oklahoma City. Last night's game was also the second consecutive without scoring - both home matches.
While the second half saw a determined San Antonio team eager for a goal, none came. Even though there were "good, solid performances from several players” according to Powell, the issues that have plagued the team all season were still evident. There were multiple defensive mistakes that almost led to Toros goals. If it weren't for the heroics in goal from captain Josh Ford, the match might have gone the other. And in the final third, San Antonio continued to struggle to finish and score. With 10 leagues matches played, SAFC are now 1/3 the way through their inaugural season.
The team will have a week before its next match, their Third Round tilt against the Des Moines Menace (PDL) in the U.S. Open Cup next Wednesday. The match will be played in Iowa. Their next USL league match will be against the Toros, this time in Edinburg, Texas.
Alamo Soccer's Man of the Match: Josh Ford, GK - (6 saves, clean sheet)
All-time regular season series: 0-0-1, RGV leads
Last match: 2-3 loss at home to RGV
San Antonio FC (2-3-4, 9pts) will face the Rio Grande Valley Toros (4-2-2, 14pts) for the second edition of the South Texas Derby at Toyota Field this evening. The first edition was an exciting match that saw SAFC come back from a 0-2 deficit to tie the match, only to see the Toros leave with all three points with the game-winner scored late in stoppage time.
San Antonio is coming off a close, 1-0 loss at home to the OKC Energy while the Toros are entering this match after a convincing 4-1 home win over the Swope Park Rangers. Both will be looking to take a win against their rival, and as this is the final match between the two in San Antonio, SAFC will be looking to send the Toros home with a loss.
San Antonio's recent form has been less than ideal, only taking away four points in their last five matches as they sit in 12th place in the USL Western Conference. This will be the 10th match of the season, so with two-thirds of the season still to go, a turnaround is still possible. Eliminating simple defensive mistakes in the back and better execution up front will do wonders for the Alamo City boys as they try to turn the tide on this young season.
Keys to the game:
This midweek match should see a decent turnout from the San Antonio faithful. Turning Toyota Field into a fortress is paramount. SAFC's home record is a dismal 1-1-2, but if they can start winning at home, a postseason trip in October will be within reach. Eliminating the defensive mistakes and better finishing have been the consistent themes for SAFC in the first 10 matches. Fixing those issues will start to pay dividends for this squad.
SAFC are desperate for a win, especially against their rival that stole a win on their home turf the last time around. I think the Alamo City boys get the job done this evening, but it won't be easy. This is the first match of another back-to-back; SAFC will travel to RGV on June 4th for their next USL match. This is a great opportunity to take six points away from their closest rival and improve their standings in the league table.
The game is today, Wednesday, May 25th at 7:30pm CST. #SAvRGV
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San Antonio FC (2-3-4, 9pts) suffered a 1-0 loss to the Oklahoma City Energy (2-4-1, 10pts) at home on Saturday, the club's second consecutive loss at home this season.
Both teams faced a humid and muggy evening while playing on a field that was worn from the copious amounts of water the city has received in the past week. That didn't stop both squads from taking shots on goal though.
"We have to execute in these moments when they are there", said Head Coach Darren Powell after the loss.
It was ultimately the header off OKC forward Colin Bonner that was the difference in the game. He headed the ball past Josh Ford from a cross by Sebastian Dalgaard to give his team the away victory. SAFC started out the match with a great low shot across goal by Danny Garcia that went just wide of the net. There were other several chances to score, none closer than Rafa Castillo's rocket that bounced off the crossbar, denying the Colombian international of a deserved goal.
"I think when we’re in the box we need to have a more ‘kill’ mentality to score and more willingness to sacrifice," said midfielder Michael Reed. "I think right now we just need to capitalize on our moments because we’re not going to get that all the time. When we do, we can’t take it for granted and we need to just put it in the back of the net.”
The loss is SAFC's second home loss ever. The club is now 1-1-3 in their last five league matches.
The Alamo City boys return to Toyota Field on Wednesday for a rematch with Rio Grande Valley FC in the South Texas Derby. They'll be looking for a better result than the 3-2 loss they suffered just a couple weeks ago.
Alamo Soccer's Man of the Match: Bobby Moseley (sub 67')
All-time regular season series: 0-1-0
Last match: 1-1 Draw in OKC
San Antonio FC (2-3-3, 9pts) will face the Oklahoma City Energy (1-4-1, 7pts) for the second straight league match. The two sides met North of the Red River last weekend where a draw was the outcome. Both goals were scored in the first half, SA's from Danny Garcia in the 19'.
Both sides are also coming off midweek victories in the U.S. Open Cup Second Round. Oklahoma City barely scraped by PDL side Mississippi Brilla. OKC was forced into penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in regular and extra time. Even the penalty kicks went into overtime as OKC outlasted Brilla 10-9 to send the Energy into the Third Round. San Antonio, on the other hand, cruised past fellow Alamo Derby opponent, Corinthians FC of San Antonio (NPSL), 3-1. It was a tight match early in the second as CFCSA had equalized in the 47', but it was the phenomenal pro-debut of Jacques Francois that stole the show and gave San Antonio FC their first Open Cup win in club history. Francois' first goal was a howler from just outside the box after he took the ball solo from about midfield. His second was a tap-in off a Palacios cross to seal the win for the USL side. Don't be surprised to see Francois in the starting XI against OKC. Coaches like to play players who are hot, and if he has a good outing versus the Energy, we might be seeing more of the Haitian international in the coming matches.
With the Open Cup behind both sides this week, Oklahoma City will now travel to the Alamo City for a rematch with San Antonio.
Keys to the game:
The draw with OKC was a tale of momentum. San Antonio controlled the ball and put pressure on OKC early, leading up to Danny Garcia's opening score. After that, however, OKC really put on the pressure as SAFC looked content to sit on their one goal lead. That ultimately led to the Energy equalizer. The second half saw more consistent SA pressure and opportunities that weren't taken advantage of. It's been the story of the season so far that SAFC haven't taken advantage of goal scoring opportunities when they have presented themselves. It's also worth noting that the team hasn't secured a shutout since its inaugural match against S2. Simple mistakes in the back have cost SA plenty of points so far. If they can minimize those mistakes they will be a force to reckon with within the league.
OKC are a known opponent now. Coach Powell will be able to refine his game plan after seeing how his team matches up with the Energy. With the type of pressure SA was able to put on the Energy away from home, the match should go the way of the Alamo City boys on their home turf this time.
The game is this Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm CST. #SAvOKC
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