San Antonio FC left the Rose City with another three points in hand as they trounced Portland Timbers 2, 4-0 on Friday night. The win was their fourth in a row, extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches to start out the 2017 season, and secured all nine points on the Cascadia road trip. The current seven game unbeaten streak is the longest in club history, eclipsing last season's six match mark.
All-time regular season series: 0-1-0, Tied
Last match: 1-1 away draw vs T2 (2016)
All-time regular season series: First match
San Antonio FC (2-3-5, 10pts) will travel to the Pacific North West for the second time this season to face the Portland Timbers 2 (5-1-6, 16pts), the USL developmental squad for the reigning MLS Cup Champions, Portland Timbers. The last time San Antonio was in this region was the inaugural opener where the Alamo boys won 3-0 on the road against S2, one of their two wins on the season.
San Antonio is coming off a close 1-0 loss in their first visit to the Valley in the South Texas Rivalry. RGV's Kevin Garcia scored the game winner just before half-time. The Alamo City boys couldn't get the ball into the net for the third straight match. Their last league goal was almost a month ago on May 15 when they drew against the OKC Energy in Oklahoma. Even worse, their last win in league play came against the other Oklahoma team, the Roughnecks, way back on April 30.
Portland's recent form is drastically different than that of San Antonio's, having won three of their last five. They are currently on a two game win streak with wins over rival S2 and Swope Park Rangers. Midfielder Neco Brett will be a threat against SAFC up top, the Jamaican has scored four goals for T2 in their last five outings.
Keys to the game:
The keys to the game are unchanged from the past match, and many before it. Eliminating the defensive mistakes and better finishing have been the consistent themes for SAFC in the first 11 matches. It's not for a lack of effort in trying to score though, SAFC leads the Western Conference in both shot attempts and shots on goal - but turning those shots into goals has been a glaring issue with the freshmen franchise. However, if they can convert more of those shots, they can begin to climb in the standings.
SAFC are still desperate for a win. The team is 1-0-0 in the Pacific North West so far this season. We'll leave it at that.
The game is today, Saturday, June 11th at 9:00pm CST. #PORvSA
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