San Antonio FC (1-1-0, 4pts) stayed undefeated as they drew 1-1 with Swope Park Rangers (2-1-0, 7pts) at a sold-out, record crowd at Toyota Field.
The match did not start out how the squad wanted it to, though. In the 2nd minute, after a scramble in front of Josh Ford's goal, SPR forward Daniel Sallio slotted home the loose ball to give the visitors the early lead. The Alamo City boys eventually settled down, keeping possession of the ball and putting pressure on SPR's back line and GK Kempin. Right before the break, Carlos Alvarez slotted a pass to Danny Garcia, who hit the ball past Kempin to equalize for the home team. Toyota Field erupted. It was Garcia's first goal of the season and the first home goal in club history.
The second half was dominated by San Antonio possession and consistent pressure as the boys in black looked for the game winning goal to send the crowd home with a win. "I can’t say enough how proud I am of the guys for coming back and responding well, and putting themselves in a position to win it" said head coach Darren Powell. Multiple chances in front of goal, unfortunately, were all thwarted. In the last 20 minutes or so, SPR pumped on the brakes and parked the bus, seemingly satisfied with escaping San Antonio with a solid road point. "I think overall for us it’s a very good point against a very good team.” SPR head coach Marc Dos Santos said about his team's performance.
Even though the the game ended in a draw, the team put on a great showing in front of their home crowd, and they appreciated it. Even at the 2014 NASL Championship game with the former San Antonio Scorpions, I have not seen a game where the crowd was so engaged and excited - and this was just a regular season game. People were asking for tickets to the game outside the stadium even after the match had started; it was the place to be in San Antonio that night. "I think [the fans were] one of the biggest motivations for us” goal scorer Danny Garcia said on the fans at Toyota Field.
The squad now takes to the road again for a California road trip to face the league-leading LA Galaxy II (Los Dos) in the club's first Wednesday night match. They end their trip next weekend with a game vs the OC Blues on Saturday.
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