Week 9 Preview: San Antonio FC v Phoenix Rising

Didier Drogba could play his first USL match this Saturday (Photo: Phoenix Rising)

Match Details: San Antonio FC v Phoenix Rising, Toyota Field, San Antonio, TX, Saturday May 20th 2017, 7:30pm

San Antonio FC Form: WDWWW

Phoenix Rising Form: WLWWL

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 7-2-0-23pts 1st

Phoenix Rising 2017 Record: 3-0-3-9pts – 11th

Phoenix Rising Last Match Summary (v Fresno Fuego, US Open Cup)

Phoenix did what was expected of them, easily accounting for the amateur club, Fresno Fuego, but they did have to work hard to get the match going in the first half. The first goal didn’t come until the 33rd minute, coming from a corner. Just one minute later they made it two, as they started to show their professionalism.

They scored one more in the second half, and in the 59th minute Fresno pulled a goal back, but that woke up Phoenix who showed their professionalism to close out the match.

Statistical Note: Should San Antonio FC not lose this match they will set a new San Antonio pro soccer record for a league undefeated streak with 10. They will also set the record for most undefeated matches in all play, having equaled the 10 matches undefeated by the 2012 San Antonio Scorpions which was eight league matches and two US Open Cup matches.

Key to the Match: The pitch. It was an absolute disaster last week, and it is doubtful that the pitch could have recovered at all in the last week. That means that San Antonio FC has to change their style of play, and be more direct. Playing the ball on the ground constantly has not worked out for San Antonio FC in the last two matches, especially against Seattle. Hopefully the pitch will improve quickly as the style required to do well in those conditions is not going to be the most entertaining for the fans.

Prediction: San Antonio FC 1 Phoenix Rising 0

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