In front of the third largest crowd at Toyota Field this season, San Antonio FC (6-6-6, 24 pts) just fell short of extending their six match unbeaten streak. The Alamo City boys mounted a furious comeback in the final minutes, only to ultimately lose 2-3 to the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy II (9-8-2, 35 pts) in the final meeting this season between the two.
The match started out as hot as the temperature outside. The home side went ahead in the 3' after veteran Rafael Castillo whipped in the opening goal in the upper 90 off a free-kick.
Despite the wonderful start to the match, the lead did not last long - only 3 minutes in fact. After an apparent trip by LA outside SA's box, Los Dos regained the ball where Jose Villarreal slid it past San Antonio native GK, Matt Cardone. The next 15 minutes were an exciting bit of back and fourth that produced a few chances for San Antonio. It was a goal off an errant pass by SAFC though that gave the visitors the 2-1 lead in the 20'. Cardone made a great save off LA's McBean's first attempt, but failed to save the second off the rebound. Los Dos continued to put pressure on San Antonio and were able to capitalize off another SAFC error to go ahead 3-1 by the time the half-time whistle blew.
"It became very open, very quickly, which is something we really didn’t want," said Head Coach Darren Powell. "Our defensive line should have done better."
The second half was more of the first half, but the substitution of former Roughneck Taylor Morgan changed the attack for the home squad. Morgan was aggressive on the ball and stretched the Galaxy defense. The final ten minutes saw plenty of possession and aggressiveness by the home side. San Antonio finally broke through in the 84' as Stephen McCarthy gave SAFC a fighting chance with only minutes left. Tonight's match featured two water breaks, one in each half, as temperatures were in the mid-90s with high humidity.
San Antonio now goes on the road for three straight away matches. "“We’re super motivated right now. We need to make playoffs and every game is a must-win" Powell said as the team looks toward the next stretch. They next play at Toyota Field on August 13 as the host Arizona United in the second of a back-to-back with the club from the desert Southwest.
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