In its first competitive game ever, San Antonio FC shut-out the Seattle Sounders 2 in a 3-0 win at Starfire Stadium in Washington state. It was an explosive start for the visiting team as Jason Johnson scored the club's first goal in history in the 3'. He then doubled SA's lead in the 10' after a bad bounce skipped favorably over the S2 defense that left JJ 1v1 with the S2 goalie. San Antonio's defense would hold for the rest of the half, due in part to the heroics of captain Josh Ford. Ford had two great saves late in the first that preserved the Texans' lead.
Seattle came out of halftime the more aggressive team. A couple of solid chances came about, but were never out of Ford's reach. In the 79', 2nd half sub Fejiro Okiomah put the nail in the coffin when he sent home a Castillo rebound past S2's keeper, Tyler Miller, to make the score 3-0. Okiomah, used as a defender for most of his career, came on as a striker and delivered superbly in the team's first game.
SA's defense played well most of the game, but as always, there's room for improvement. The back line played a high line that frustrated Seattle's attack. On offensive, SA took advantages of its opportunities, however, S2 controlled the ball for most of the game.
Seattle has now started their 2016 campaign with three straight home losses and a goal differential of 0-6. They will stay in Seattle to face the other Texas team, RGV FC, next.
San Antonio returns home to play Swope Park Rangers, MLS' Sporting Kansas City's USL team, at Toyota Field. SAFC will find that SPR will be a tougher opponent than S2, especially in the attack. The home crowd is expected to be in full force as the Alamo City boys look to win their home opener on April 9.
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