San Antonio FC’s preseason had a setback as they suffered their first preseason loss in a difficult day at Toyota Field. Playing St. Edward’s twice they failed to win either match with a scoreless draw followed by a 1-0 loss on Saturday.
Fans should not panic, however, with the two squads being experimental, playing in a different formation. In addition, there were five trialists on the park for San Antonio FC at one point in the second match, with San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell using preseason for what it is intended for.
“All the contracted players got 60 minutes today,” said Powell explaining the day. “We were also able to look at players who have been on trial and see where they’re at and where they stack up in terms of our roster. There were a lot of positives to take away today.”
San Antonio FC made the bulk of the chances in the matches but they just could not connect and put any of them away against a determined St. Edwards’ defense. This may perhaps be due to the new formation with San Antonio playing a 4-1-4-1, a rare chance to see a lone striker, with Carlos Garcia and Kris Tyrpak given the difficult task in each match. The question remains if Powell will persist with that formation or move back to 4-3-3 which has proved more successful.
After the two sides couldn’t score in the first three halves of the two matches five minutes in to the second half the goal finally came. A loose pass allowed St. Edwards’ possession, setting up a one-on-one chance against number two keeper Lee Johnson to give the Eddies the only goal of the day.
San Antonio FC will continue their preseason preparations away from home next weekend as they head to Florida to take on Eastern Conference team Orlando City B and Major League Soccer team Minnesota United.