US Open Cup draw sets up potential Alamo derby

The draw for the first two rounds of the US Open Cup occurred at US Soccer House in Chicago on Tuesday morning. The draw sets up the enticing potential of an Alamo Derby as San Antonio FC could face Corinthians FC SA in the second round should Corinthians win their opening match.

That first match sends Corinthians FC SA north on I-35 to Dallas, as they take on US Amateur Soccer Association team, NTX Rayados in the first round. That match will take place on May 11th, with the winner getting the right to play San Antonio FC in the second round.

While Corinthians FC SA will go in to the match confident of beating the USASA side, the Rayados will be a tough test, having qualified for the tournament for five straight years. But in all those times NTX Rayados have only advanced only once, defeating the Austin Aztex in 2014 on penalties.

Soccer fans in San Antonio have been excited since the draw, as they look forward to the possibility of an Alamo Derby in that second round match. Should Corinthians FC SA get through the first round that is what San Antonio fans have to look forward to.

The match would actually be the second ever Alamo Derby as the two teams played each other in March in a San Antonio FC pre-season match. On that occasion, San Antonio FC claimed the win 2-1, with a late goal giving San Antonio FC the win after a stretched Corinthians FC SA defense couldn’t keep things going. The US Open Cup should see an even better match as the two teams will be much more prepared creating a great atmosphere, which will see the fans of San Antonio torn on who to support.


San Antonio FC claim tight win in first ever Alamo Derby

The first ever San Antonio derby took place on Wednesday afternoon when San Antonio FC continued their pre-season preparations against Corinthians FC of San Antonio. It was a hard fought match but SAFC claimed the victory 2-1 at Toyota Field.

SAFC struck first after a foul in the box allowed Jason Johnson to step up and take the penalty, he continued his good form, making no mistake with the effort. That forced Corinthians FC SA to respond and the immediately went on the attack.

In the 17th minute they had their goal back after some fluid play allowed Corinthians to move the ball in to the box. That saw the ball fall to Juan Carlos Cacho who made no mistake levelling the scores easily at one.

Only a great save from Tepa kept it level at one in the death of the half as Sebastien Thuriere found space on the edge of the area. That allowed him to shoot but it was well kept out by Tepa at full stretch, letting Corinthians FC SA off the hook, keeping it 1-1 at the break.

The two teams really trading periods of domination, but it was SAFC who had the stronger opportunities at goal in the match. Despite that the Corinthians FC SA defense was strong and they were looking dangerous on the counter.

The changes came on the hour mark with a practical line change coming from SAFC while the Corinthians bench saw some, all be it less, movement. That gave SAFC an advantage, as their larger and professional bench started to give them more of the ball.

In the 61st minute SAFC had a golden opportunity when Ferijo Okiomah was left wide open for a free header. But again Tepa was able to prove his worth to Corinthians, making a superb save to keep his side level.

A stray pass gave SAFC a good opportunity three minutes later as Rafael Castillo gathered it in. That allowed him to set up Okiomah who took a powerful shot from the edge of the area but his effort went wide, keeping it 1-1.

As the match wore on, SAFC were proving to be the better side, with more players, deeper in to pre-season, and a professional side. Yet despite that they just could not break down a stern Corinthians defense.

SAFC finally broke through in the 81st minute a mix up at the back saw Tepa come out and lose the ball. That saw the ball fall to a trialist who was able to simply walk the ball in to the back of the net.

The game got especially feisty late in the match, when Manuel Vidrio was forced to watch the rest of the match from the stands. He walked half-way on to the pitch to protest the officials’ decision making and was deservedly sent off, ending the match with an odd atmosphere, and a 2-1 win for SAFC.

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