San Antonio FC have set up a match-up against a Major League Soccer opponent as they managed a 2-1 win over Des Moines Menace in Iowa on Wednesday. That win sets up a match against Houston Dynamo in the fourth round of the US Open Cup and makes it the equal furthest a San Antonio Club has ever gone in the US Open Cup.
The win marked the first ever time that San Antonio FC managed a come from behind win as Des Moines actually managed the lead. The strong PDL team from Iowa gave San Antonio FC a run for their money in the match, and looked like they could pull off the win.
San Antonio FC was largely on top for most of the match as they were looking to take charge of the contest. The two sides had some solid chances in the first half, but neither was able to break through as the first half ended scoreless.
The second half saw both teams starting determined to get a goal that would send them in to the fourth round and an MLS match-up. In the 60th minute Josh Ford was picking the ball out of his own net after a stunning free-kick from Christian Flath gave Des Moines the lead.
That forced San Antonio FC to respond or to face elimination, as Des Moines looked to defend and hold on to the lead. After some nervous minutes the equalizer came in the 72nd minute when Carlos Alvarez whipped in a ball for Sam McBride to head home to pull San Antonio back.
After a nervous wait for another goal it came ten minutes after the equalizer as Greg Cochrane sent in a cross for Jacques Francois. That allowed Francois to score again, his third of the US Open Cup for San Antonio FC, making him the most prolific goal scorer in San Antonio’s US Open Cup history.
Late in the match Emir Ibisevic elbowed Bobby Moseley in the face, earning himself a straight red card, which all but sealed the match. San Antonio now face Houston Dynamo on June 15th, that match will be the second time that Dynamo plays a San Antonio team in the US Open Cup, and San Antonio FC will be hoping for a repeat of that result when the San Antonio Scorpions won.