San Antonio FC has the first ever win in club history as they played two friendlies on Saturday to continue an undefeated pre-season. In the first match SAFC were held to a scoreless draw by St. Edward’s before the other half of the squad came out and managed a 2-0 win over St. Mary’s at Toyota Field on Saturday morning.
In the opening game SAFC took on St. Edward’s from Austin, playing with a narrow 4-3-2-1 formation, forcing wingers, Max Gunderson and Greg Cochrane to make long runs. The front three only had Victor Araujo of the signed players with two trialists along with him, and a trialist at the top of the tree.
St. Edwards’ was a good match for SAFC as they struggled to break down, with the trialists perhaps not impressing much. With Araujo as the only established man up the top end, the hosts struggled to get clear cut chances and the match ended scoreless.
The second match saw a more attacking outfit as SAFC lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with two trialists at the back. One of those trialists was Austin Dunker, who may have done enough to earn himself a permanent spot on the team.
It was a better attacking performance from the second SAFC and they had their goal in the first half. It came from an Carlos Alvarez set-piece which had the keeper beat, but could only find the post, that allowed Jason Johnson to double his tally as he simply tapped it home from close range.
In the second half, SAFC were able to add one more, and it was a trialist making a name for himself, and staking a case for a permanent contract. The goal was again from a set-piece as Rafael Castillo sent in a free-kick which found the trialist, easily sending it home for the 2-0 win