San Antonio FC (8-7-8, 31pts) earned their second straight win at home against the Seattle Sounders FC 2 (7-6-11, 27pts) in front of 6,417 to move into 8th place in the Western Conference. This was the second, and final match-up between the two sides for 2016. San Antonio won both, with S2 failing to score on the Alamo City boys, going 0-4 vs the Texans.
After only earning one point on their last three match road trip, San Antonio has found its form in the confines of Toyota Field, grabbing all six points in two matches. They now sit in the final playoff spot with seven matches left in the regular season.
The first half was controlled mostly by San Antonio, however the attacking form was not creative. There were a handful of chances by San Antonio that were just wide of the S2 net. A free kick by Carlos Alvarez just outside the penalty area soared past the goal to give S2 a scare. A little later in the half, former Futsal star Franck Tayou juggled the ball in the box and volleyed it straight to the keeper. The skills used to control the ball in such a tight space can be attributed to his scoring prowess in Futsal, where the playing field is much smaller than the soccer pitch.
Halftime came with the teams heading to the locker room 0-0. It didn't take long for a weather delay to come into effect due to lightning in the area. Luckily for the fans and teams, there was only one delay and they were able to finish the match without interruption.
The second half saw sprinkles add to the match's atmosphere. The break through came in the 51' when Taylor Morgan sent a beautiful through ball to Rafa Castillo who slotted the ball past the keeper to give the home side the lead.
The last 15 minutes or so were dominated by S2 possession and attack who were looking for the equalizer. It never came. San Antonio goal keeper Matt Cardone was brilliant in goal. He had a few spectacular saves, none better or more crucial than this one.
“We watch Matt every day in training, so training has prepared him for these moments" said Head Coach Darren Powell, "but tonight I thought he played probably his best game in a San Antonio FC shirt.”
San Antonio now hits the road for the next two matches to play St. Louis FC and their final match against Swope Park Rangers. Their next match at Toyota Field is September 4th against Arizona United FC.
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