MLS Still Eager for Texan Expansion


Graphic courtesy MLS in SA

Major League Soccer (MLS) is certainly keen on adding a third team to Texas but that may not necessarily be in San Antonio, sources have revealed to San Antonio Soccer News.

San Antonio FC recently gave their presentation to MLS as part of the many expansion bids to the league, which was scarcely publicized by the club. As would be expected from an organization like Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) the presentation to MLS was phenomenally polished, and made a very strong case for San Antonio’s inclusion in the league.

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Athenians to play Tigres in July

San Antonio Athenians SC has announced their second international friendly for 2017 as they announced on Monday that they will be taking on Tigres at the Blossom Athletic Center on July 15th.

The match will mark the second time that a Liga MX Femenil team has come to play in San Antonio since the foundation of that league. The second was also earlier in 2017, as Pachuca took on the Athenians in a 3-1 win at Blossom.

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FC Dallas held in Vancouver

FC Dallas ended their lengthy streak of matches managing a point against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first half FC Dallas didn’t waste much time getting the opening goal in the second half through Max Urruti. Maynor Figueroa sent a long ball from deep in his own half which Vancouver cleared, only for Urruti to steal possession and run past two defenders before slotting it home.

In the 75th minute a free-kick saw Vancouver draw back to level terms after Cristian Techera was fouled by Michael Barrios. Techera dusted himself off and stepped up, hitting the free-kick from 25 yards, after Fredy Motero ran over the ball.

It was a tight match and FC Dallas was showing some fatigue from their exertions throughout the week that Vancouver was able to capitalize on.

The only chance for FC Dallas in the first half was in just the 12th minute with some beautiful passing allowing Michael Barrios space on the wing. Barrios sent the ball in for Urruti who got a shot away which was well blocked by defender Tim Parker.

Vancouver had the only other chance of the half with two minutes to play in the first half through Roland Lemah. Lemah rose the highest, allowing him to get a header away but he couldn’t keep it down as it went over the bar.

Just four minutes after the equalizer, FC Dallas very nearly restored their lead as Barrios was able to create an opportunity. Barrios stole possession and sent the ball in for Mauro Diazo whose backheel allowed Tesho Akindele to set up Barrios again but his shot was blocked, forcing Dallas to settle for a point.

Stoppage Time Goal Stops Houston Getting First Road win

Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy fighting for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo has continued their poor form on the road as they gave away a winning position in the fifth minute of stoppage time to be forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

It was a controversial coal in the 95th minute when Romain Alessandri put the ball in to the back of the net. The ball was crossed in from Bradford Jamieson but Alessandri appeared to be in an offside position when the cross came in, only for the assistant referee to keep the flag down.

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San Antonio FC get back in to Scoring Groove

USL Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs San Antonio FC

Kris Tyrpak celebrates his opener with Billy Forbes (Photo: Darren Abate/USL)

The scoreless streak for San Antonio FC came to an electric end as San Antonio FC managed a 3-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks to get some measure of revenge for their US Open Cup exit.

“I thought tonight was a very interesting game, I think it took a little bit of time to see what each team was doing,” said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell. “Obviously we got off to a fantastic start with a goal within five minutes, and everyone just takes a big sigh of relief… I still think we have improvement to do.”

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Stoppage Time own goal sees FC Dallas Advance in US Open Cup

Tulsa Roughnecks goalkeeper Fabian Cerda had another strong US Open Cup match against Texas opposition (Photo: Tulsa Roughnecks)

The team that eliminated San Antonio FC has been eliminated themselves from the US Open Cup as FC Dallas managed a 2-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks at Westcott Field at Southern Methodist University.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Tulsa as they were eliminated thanks to an own goal in second half stoppage time. Modou Jadama put the ball in the back of the net after attempting to block Michael Barrios’ cross.

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The San Antonio FC Missing Link Cesar Elizondo

Cesar Elizondo (Photo San Antonio FC)

One thing has stood out in the recent form of San Antonio FC, the lack of goal scoring in recent matches, but the problem does not appear to be up front, but rather, slightly further back.

“The hardest thing to do in soccer is to score a goal, everyone is trying to stop them and everyone wants to score them.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell, about the scoring woes,   “you’re hoping that moment when you get the chance you have the quality and it didn’t quite connect for whatever reason, was it a run, movement, or delivery?”

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Juan Lamadrid Named San Antonio FC Goalkeeping Director

Juan Lamadrid celebrates (Photo: San Antonio FC)

One of the most experienced goalkeepers in San Antonio soccer history, Juan Lamadrid has received a promotion at San Antonio FC moving to be the full time goalkeeping director for the club.

Lamadrid currently serves as an assistant coach with the first team, acting as the goalkeeping coach for the first team. With this appointment Lamadrid will now take control of all of the teams under the San Antonio FC umbrella, coaching all of the goalkeepers.

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