San Antonio FC has sent a strong message to the rest of the United Soccer League as they managed a memorable 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy II at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
“I’m very proud of our guys for the way they worked from the first whistle. There was a lot of positive energy that the players showed. We got off to a good start and I thought today we scored three very good goals.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell after the match.
12 minutes in to the match San Antonio FC opened the scoring after some phenomenal team work that unlocked LA Galaxy II. San Antonio midfielder Cesar Elizondo sent in a perfect through ball for forward Billy Forbes, he ran clean through on goal and saw his initial two efforts saved, but the ball rebounded for him to lay it back to midfielder Rafael Castillo, left wide open, allowing him to take advantage of the keeper being out of position and bury it right up the middle.
An unlikely source gave San Antonio their second goal of the match as San Antonio FC defender Ben Newnam made a great run down the right. Elizondo ran forward to draw the defense which allowed San Antonio FC midfielder Michael Reed to run on and hit the ball, a deflection taking it away from the keeper before it spun over the line and in to the net.
Forbes was at it again for the third goal, scoring his second of the season already and sealing the win for the hosts in the 77th minute. Forbes was played clean through on goal and easily sent it home across the face for the third.
LA Galaxy II started the match well having the first chance of the match through a set-piece which was blocked by San Antonio defender Sebastien Ibeagha, continuing his good start with the club. One minute later San Antonio goalkeeper Cardone had to react quickly, coming off his line to smother a ball.
In the 27th minute the San Antonio defense had to be at their best to keep their lead as defender Stephen McCarthy slid in to block. A low cross was swung in looking for LA Galaxy II forward Adonis Amaya but McCarthy did enough to get in the way of the ball and allow San Antonio to clear.
A free-kick gave LA Galaxy II a golden chance at the death of the first half when LA Galaxy II midfielder Jaime Villarreal stepped up. His shot was hit powerfully and curled away from Cardone who couldn’t get to it but was spared when it came off the meeting of post and crossbar.
LA Galaxy II came out the much stronger side in the second half, but a mixture of poor finishing and great goalkeeping kept Los Dos out. San Antonio looked to try and bog Los Dos down, doing so successfully and as time ran on space opened up for the hosts, which they ultimately took advantage of.
With four minutes to play LA Galaxy II’s night got even worse as Jaime Villarreal was shown a straight red card. Unfortunately for San Antonio they couldn’t capitalize and had to settle for the three goal win.