MLS Still Eager for Texan Expansion


Graphic courtesy MLS in SA

Major League Soccer (MLS) is certainly keen on adding a third team to Texas but that may not necessarily be in San Antonio, sources have revealed to San Antonio Soccer News.

San Antonio FC recently gave their presentation to MLS as part of the many expansion bids to the league, which was scarcely publicized by the club. As would be expected from an organization like Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) the presentation to MLS was phenomenally polished, and made a very strong case for San Antonio’s inclusion in the league.

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San Antonio FC get back in to Scoring Groove

USL Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs San Antonio FC

Kris Tyrpak celebrates his opener with Billy Forbes (Photo: Darren Abate/USL)

The scoreless streak for San Antonio FC came to an electric end as San Antonio FC managed a 3-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks to get some measure of revenge for their US Open Cup exit.

“I thought tonight was a very interesting game, I think it took a little bit of time to see what each team was doing,” said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell. “Obviously we got off to a fantastic start with a goal within five minutes, and everyone just takes a big sigh of relief… I still think we have improvement to do.”

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The San Antonio FC Missing Link Cesar Elizondo

Cesar Elizondo (Photo San Antonio FC)

One thing has stood out in the recent form of San Antonio FC, the lack of goal scoring in recent matches, but the problem does not appear to be up front, but rather, slightly further back.

“The hardest thing to do in soccer is to score a goal, everyone is trying to stop them and everyone wants to score them.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell, about the scoring woes,   “you’re hoping that moment when you get the chance you have the quality and it didn’t quite connect for whatever reason, was it a run, movement, or delivery?”

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Juan Lamadrid Named San Antonio FC Goalkeeping Director

Juan Lamadrid celebrates (Photo: San Antonio FC)

One of the most experienced goalkeepers in San Antonio soccer history, Juan Lamadrid has received a promotion at San Antonio FC moving to be the full time goalkeeping director for the club.

Lamadrid currently serves as an assistant coach with the first team, acting as the goalkeeping coach for the first team. With this appointment Lamadrid will now take control of all of the teams under the San Antonio FC umbrella, coaching all of the goalkeepers.

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Scoreless Draw Extends San Antonio FC Unbeaten run

Ben Newnam on the ball (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC has continued to get the job done, extending their undefeated streak, all be it in unspectacular fashion as they managed a scoreless draw against Oklahoma City Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Saturday night.

The result takes San Antonio FC’s undefeated streak to 13 matches, and extends goalkeeper Diego Restrepo’s clean sheet streak to seven matches. Restrepo now has gone over 10 hours of play without conceding a goal, but the team is still struggling at the other end of the park.

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The San Antonio FC way: Part of a Global Trend

Darren Powell (Photo: Darren Abate/USL)

San Antonio FC has been part of an interesting trend in modern football in their USL season opening streak, they win matches with less possession.

In fact San Antonio FC actually has better results when they lose the possession battle, the club has only won possession twice this season. Both times San Antonio won possession in 2017 they ended up not winning the match.

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Week 12 Preview: Oklahoma City Energy FC v San Antonio FC

Photo: Oklahoma City Energy FC

Match Details: Oklahoma City Energy FC v San Antonio FC, Taft Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK, June 10th 2017, 7:30pm

Oklahoma City Energy FC: WWWLW

San Antonio FC Form: DDWWW

Oklahoma City Energy FC 2017 Record: 4-1-5-13pts – 11th

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 9-3-0-30pts – 2nd

Oklahoma City Energy FC last match report (v Phoenix Rising):

Oklahoma City Energy FC played an impressive match against Phoenix Rising in the midweek game of the week earlier this week. It was a strong second half performance from the Energy, scoring two of their goals as they were the stronger side throughout the match.

In the latter stages Oklahoma City Energy FC tired and left the door open for Phoenix Rising to get the bulk of the possession. Despite that Oklahoma City Energy FC managed to hold off Phoenix’s late charge in the match to seal a win that gave them plenty of hope.

Statistical Note: Should San Antonio FC win the match it will be the United Soccer League (USL) record road winning streak for a single season, and equalize the record for being spread over multiple seasons.

Key to the Match: Replacing Greg Cochrane will be crucial for San Antonio FC in this match, as they deal with the absence of a vital defender due to his red card last week. When the red card happened San Antonio FC had already used all three substitutions so there was not much of a chance to view how they will play without him. The San Antonio FC defense has been so consistent and injury free it is hard to predict who will come in for Cochrane, one likely option is Cyprian Hedrick who could play in the position and has strong experience at this level. In his appearance for San Antonio FC this year he has managed to perform well.

Preview from 210 Alliance:

Prediction: Oklahoma City Energy 1 San Antonio FC 2

Will Bruin Makes Dynamo pay as Seattle beat Houston

Will Bruin celebrates his goal (Photo: Seattle Sounders)

Houston Dynamo’s winless road run continued on Sunday night as they fell to a 1-0 loss against Seattle Sounders at Century Link Field.

It was a case of revenge for Will Bruin who scored the only goal of the match to get revenge over his former club. Cristian Roldan sent in a cross in to the box finding Bruin who scored thanks to a powerful header.

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Reduced to ten San Antonio FC hold Swope Park Scoreless

Photo: San Antonio FC

San Antonio FC has remained undefeated but dropped to second place in the league as they could only manage a scoreless draw with Swope Park Rangers at Toyota Field on Saturday night.

“It’s tough when you play the same team twice in a week, and taking four points from the series, we would have taken that at the start of the series.” Said San Antonio FC Head Coach Darren Powell after the match.

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