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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