Texan MLS Teams Combine for Charitable Auction Ahead of Derby

The items FC Dallas are auctioning (Photo: FC Dallas)

Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas have come together for some friendly competition all in the name of charity as the two teams are holding auctions ahead of the Texas Derby and the team that raises the most will gain $1000 for their team charity from the opposing team.

The two teams will be using the DASH Auction App with the auctions starting on Friday at noon and running through to the 80th minute of the match on Sunday. The two teams have created their own collection of items for fans to bid on and all the proceeds will also go to the respective charity.

Houston Dynamo have several autographed items, with a jersey signed by the whole team, an Alberth Elis signed game worn jersey and Tyler Deric signed gloves. There will also be a unique experience up for the bidding with a fan able to bid on a Starting 11 experience, the winner watching warmups from the pitch and taking part in the pre-match photo as if they were part of the starting 11.

FC Dallas are not being outdone, also giving out the same starting 11 experience for a fan and an autographed jersey. FC Dallas will also be giving away a signed ball, an his and hers package with two shirts, cups, and bags, the other unique item will be a ball used in the derby.

While the competition on the pitch will be fierce, both teams will no doubt be hoping that the fans come together and bid on these items to raise lots of money for their soccer charities.

Week 10 Preview: Swope Park Rangers v San Antonio FC

Photo: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

Match Details: Swope Park Rangers v San Antonio FC, Children’s Mercy Victory Field, Kansas City, MO, Friday May 26th 7:30pm

San Antonio FC Form: WWDWW

Swope Park Rangers Form: WLLWL

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 8-2-0-23pts 1st

Swope Park Rangers 2017 Record: 4-0-3-12pts 7th

Swope Park Rangers Last Match Summary (v RGV FC Toros)

Swope Park lost 1-0 to RGV FC in the first match where they failed to score all 2017, a record longer than San Antonio. Swope Park started the match well, but conceded in the 18th minute after a sweet back heel from Eric Bird.

After that goal Swope Park Rangers really were the stronger side but they just couldn’t break through with a packed defense from RGV FC keeping them at bay effectively.

Statistical Note: San Antonio FC has never defeated Swope Park Rangers, Swope Park Rangers have never been caught offside by San Antonio FC.

Key to the Match: Squad rotation. Swope Park Rangers do not have the burden of a US Open Cup match coming up and as such they can play a full strength squad. San Antonio FC do have a busy schedule coming up and as such they need to start thinking about resting people in the coming matches, this is a tough decision for Darren Powell.

Prediction: Swope Park Rangers 1 San Antonio FC 1

Late Goal puts Sky Blue FC Past Houston Dash

Andressa competes for a header (Photo: Houston Dash)

Houston Dash suffered a heart breaking loss on Saturday afternoon as they fell to Sky Blue FC in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon thanks to a late goal giving Sky Blue the 2-1 win.

The winning goal came five minutes from time as Houston Dash failed to clear the ball from a free-kick conceded by Cami Privett. The ball was pumped in to the box and after a fight for the ball Sky Blue midfielder Raquel Rodriguez was able to poke it past Lydia Williams in the Dash goal.

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San Antonio FC set new Undefeated Streak record

SA v PHX

SAFC players celebrate with the bench after the goal (Photo: Josh Jordan/USL)

Didier Drogba may not have made an appearance but San Antonio FC certainly showed up as they defeated Phoenix Rising 1-0 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. By winning the match San Antonio FC set a new San Antonio pro-soccer undefeated streak record of 10 league matches and 11 in all competitions.

“I’m very proud of our guys, they worked hard, it goes to show the strength we have and the depth in our squad.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell after the match. “It’s good to look back on these things (the record) at the end of the season, but right now we’re in the thick of it.”

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San Antonio FC Draw US Open Cup Champions

The US Open Cup

The US Open Cup fourth round draw was made on Thursday and there could be a big match for San Antonio FC fans as they were drawn against FC Dallas should they win in the third round.

San Antonio FC was always bound to face either FC Dallas or Houston Dynamo in the fourth round and thankfully they have been given some variety after playing Houston last year. Of course both teams are undefeated, with few undefeated professional teams left in America one of those streaks will end.

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Week 9 Preview: San Antonio FC v Phoenix Rising

Didier Drogba could play his first USL match this Saturday (Photo: Phoenix Rising)

Match Details: San Antonio FC v Phoenix Rising, Toyota Field, San Antonio, TX, Saturday May 20th 2017, 7:30pm

San Antonio FC Form: WDWWW

Phoenix Rising Form: WLWWL

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 7-2-0-23pts 1st

Phoenix Rising 2017 Record: 3-0-3-9pts – 11th

Phoenix Rising Last Match Summary (v Fresno Fuego, US Open Cup)

Phoenix did what was expected of them, easily accounting for the amateur club, Fresno Fuego, but they did have to work hard to get the match going in the first half. The first goal didn’t come until the 33rd minute, coming from a corner. Just one minute later they made it two, as they started to show their professionalism.

They scored one more in the second half, and in the 59th minute Fresno pulled a goal back, but that woke up Phoenix who showed their professionalism to close out the match.

Statistical Note: Should San Antonio FC not lose this match they will set a new San Antonio pro soccer record for a league undefeated streak with 10. They will also set the record for most undefeated matches in all play, having equaled the 10 matches undefeated by the 2012 San Antonio Scorpions which was eight league matches and two US Open Cup matches.

Key to the Match: The pitch. It was an absolute disaster last week, and it is doubtful that the pitch could have recovered at all in the last week. That means that San Antonio FC has to change their style of play, and be more direct. Playing the ball on the ground constantly has not worked out for San Antonio FC in the last two matches, especially against Seattle. Hopefully the pitch will improve quickly as the style required to do well in those conditions is not going to be the most entertaining for the fans.

Prediction: San Antonio FC 1 Phoenix Rising 0

San Antonio FC Account for Houston Dutch Lions Advance in US Open Cup

Victor Araujo (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC has avoided a major upset as they advanced in the US Open Cup claiming a 2-1 win over Houston Dutch Lions in Conroe on Wednesday night.

The opener came in the 17th minute as San Antonio FC took full advantage of a set piece opportunity to make the Dutch Lions pay. Victor Araujo stepped up and hit the shot from just outside the box beating the keeper to make it 1-0.

Four minutes before half-time San Antonio FC was able to double their lead thanks to a mistake at the back from Houston Dutch Lions. Aly Al Hassan was there to capitalize on the mistake, getting in behind and burying the chance to put San Antonio FC well on top.

The Dutch Lions made things interesting just after the hour mark as they were able to find a goal, pushing San Antonio to tighten up. That forced San Antonio to bring on more of their first team players in an effort to keep their lead.

The scoreline flatters Houston Dutch Lions somewhat as San Antonio FC was the dominant side throughout the match and played with a mixed squad. They easily accounted for the Dutch Lions who really only had two chances in the match.

Set pieces provided two more opportunities for San Antonio FC in the first half, the first coming off a Hassan header. The second was a free-kick but the wall did its job deflecting the ball out of play and eventually clearing the ball.

The second half saw Houston Dutch Lions come more in to the match but Lee Johnston showed that he can handle goalkeeping at this level. He made two strong saves in the half, one which kept San Antonio FC in front, vital in the win.

Manchester Derby Coming to Houston in July

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The worst kept secret in American soccer was finally revealed on Monday evening when it was announced that Manchester United would play Manchester City in Houston in July.

“The Manchester Derby is one of the world’s most iconic games,” said Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of Manchester City. “We are very excited to play it in front of our passionate American fans. There are so many great memories from this game in history and we can’t wait to create some new ones in Houston.”

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San Antonio FC to Play Santos Laguna in July Friendly

Santos Laguna after scoring a goal last week (Photo: Santos Laguna)

San Antonio FC has announced their first ever international friendly as they announced on Tuesday that they will play Santos Laguna at Toyota Field on July 8th.

Santos Laguna has been a phenomenally successful team in recent years winning the 2015 Clausura and Campeon de Campeones match. This followed on from 2014 when they finally won their first Copa MX crown, defeating Publa on penalties in the Copa MX final.

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