San Antonio FC has won their first ever match against MLS opposition as they managed a 2-0 win over Minnesota United FC in Florida on Sunday morning. San Antonio FC rebounded perfectly from their disappointing double header last week and will gain a full steam of confidence from the victory.
There was a goal in each half as San Antonio FC managed a big preseason victory by upsetting the Loons in their final pre-season match. Defender Cyprian Hedrick scored his first goal for his new club while forward Devin Vega continued his stunning preseason with a second goal, forcing his way in to starting XI contention.
The opening goal came right at the death of the first half as Minnesota gave away a free-kick right in range for San Antonio FC midfielder Rafael Castillo. Instead of going for the direct shot at goal Castillo opted to send in a cross to Hedrick, with the big defender using all of his strength and height to get a header away, beating the keeper and hitting the back of the net to give San Antonio FC a 1-0 half-time lead.
The second goal came at the end of the second half as Vega was able to seal a famous win for San Antonio FC. New defender Ben Newnam was able to get a ball through for Vega to run on to, allowing him to slot home the winner.
While the scoreline makes the match sound like San Antonio FC dominated the match, it was a tight affair throughout. Often times San Antonio FC had their goalkeeper Matt Cardone to thank for keeping them ahead as he pulled off a number of classy saves.
As often happens in friendlies the second half saw the intensity drop due to the large number of substitutions. But soon enough San Antonio FC took charge of the second half and were able to find a second goal to win the match.