San Antonio FC Manage win while Resting Players

Akwafei Ajeakwa, scorer of San Antonio FC’s first goal (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC has continued their phenomenal start to the 2017 USL season and extended their lead on top of the western conference standings to four points as they managed a 3-2 win over Seattle Sounders 2 at Starfire Stadium on Tuesday night.

“Tonight was a very difficult game.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell. “Seattle asked a lot of us defensively, but our guys hung in there and fought hard. We rested a few guys, but earning three points in this league is extremely valuable.”

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San Antonio FC Stay Perfect With First win in Canada

Aly Hassan celebrates (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC remain undefeated and on top of the USL Western Conference standings following a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Aly Al Hasssan scored his first league goal for the club while Billy Forbes continued his stellar start to the season with the other goal to give San Antonio FC the win. The result puts San Antonio one point clear at the top of the western conference where they have set themselves up as the team to beat.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, the goal coming from the very back as goalkeeper Matt Cardone found Forbes. That allowed the Turks and Caicos International space to send the ball square to Hassan who easily sent it past the keeper first time.

San Antonio FC was a little unlucky to concede the equalizer as it came from a deflection off the post. That rebound fell back to Marcos Bustos who controlled well before dispatching the shot in to the back of the net to make it 1-1 at half-time.

It didn’t take long for San Antonio to restore their lead as just one minute in to the half they found themselves back in front. A defensive error from the Whitecaps reserves allowed Forbes to capitalize as he was able to get on the end of the ball and hit a lobbed header past the keeper to make it 2-1.

There was some bad news for San Antonio FC in the 56th minute as they had to replace Cardone as he suffered an injury. That gave a debut to Diego Restrepo who acquitted himself well, keeping Vancouver out in the 2-1 win, a perfect start to what will be a difficult road stretch.

San Antonio FC adds Zachary Herivaux on Loan

Zachary Herivaux (Photo: New England Revolution)

San Antonio FC has added a loan player to their squad as they announced on Friday that they had secured Zachary Herivaux on loan from Major League Soccer (MLS) club New England Revolution.

Herivaux will be on loan for San Antonio for the season from New England where he has been playing for the past two seasons. At just 21 Herivaux is looking to get match experience at the professional level to help his career at New England, and potentially outside of his current MLS club.

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Round 5 Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v San Antonio FC

Sean Melvin in action for Whitecaps 2 (Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps)

Match Details: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v San Antonio FC, April 22 2017, 3:00PM UBC Thunderbird Stadium, BC, Canada.

San Antonio FC Form: WDWW

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Form: WWDL

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 3-1-0-10pts – 1st

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Form: 2-1-1-7pts – 6th

All-time Series: San Antonio FC leads 1-0, a 2-0 win in Round 17 last year

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Last Match Summary (v Portland Timbers 2):

The Whitecaps seem to have found their shape, lining up in a 3-1-4-2 to get both of their wins, and are certainly the strongest side in the Cascadia region, at least in USL. The Whitecaps survived a lot of pressure against Portland last week, with Sean Melvin having a phenomenal performance in goal.

A late goal ended up giving them a 1-0 win over the Timbers, a win that came on the back of their defenders. It would be easy to say they didn’t deserve it, but their defensive performance was strong enough to back up that they did deserve the win.

Statistical Note: This will be the first ever match San Antonio FC plays outside of the United States, having only played Vancouver at home. Congratulations are due to Rafael Castillo who, with his penalty against Reno last weekend, is now the leading goal scorer in San Antonio pro soccer history.

Key to the match:

Both teams won their matches last week with less possession than their opponent, which makes the key to the match easy to spot, patience. San Antonio will have to be patient as Vancouver proved themselves a strong defensive team and they’ll be hard to break down but San Antonio have proved that they can score plenty of goals if they just wait for the right opportunity and they need to do that again this week.

Prediction: San Antonio FC 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0

FC Dallas Claims Dallas Cup Title

FC Dallas players celebrate with the Dallas Cup trophy (Photo: Dallas Cup)

The Dallas Cup has been played and completed with FC Dallas claiming a memorable victory at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.

The Gordon Jago Supergroup final was a virtual Under 20 CONCACAF Champions League final as the American Champion FC Dallas took on the leading Mexican team CF Monterrey. The crowd packed in to the stadium as a Dallas Cup record crowd of 8,747 made their way to Frisco for the match.

FC Dallas opened the scoring in the 23rd minute to the delight of the crowd as Jesus Ferreira was able to find a wide open Paxton Pomykal. From the edge of the box he looked at the positioning of the goalkeeper and hit a powerful shot just out of the reach of the keeper to give FC Dallas the lead.

It was a physical match for the final 20 minutes of the half as the sides flew into the challenges, leading to five yellow cards by half-time. All those fouls suited FC Dallas as they comfortably head to the break 1-0 up.

Both sides came out from the break determined to get the second goal of the match as Dallas looked to get a cushion and Monterrey looked for an equalizer. But both sides struggled to break through with strong defensive work holding out in an end-to-end match.

With eight minutes left in the match the second goal finally came and it set up a thrilling finish as Monterrey had an equalizer. A free-kick found the woodwork and Dallas failed to clear, which allowed Erick Amaro to get a deflection on it, sending it into the back of the net.

That goal seemingly had the match heading to extra time but with one minute to play that all changed. Arturo Rodriguez weaved all over getting through the Monterrey defense and looked up from 30 yards taking a powerful shot which left the keeper with no chance and gave FC Dallas the Dallas Cup title.

San Antonio FC Advance to Quarter Finals at Dallas Cup

The Dallas Cup squad (Photo: San Antonio FC Pro Academy)

For the first time a San Antonio development academy team has entered the Dallas Cup as San Antonio FC’s pro academy went to the tournament which got under way on Monday. The side has had a perfect week so far as they managed two wins in their first two matches.

Their first match was against the Mexican team Club Mana 04 in an entertaining match which they won 3-2. San Antonio won it late on taking away a win in a match they were the better side on but a fast finishing Club Mana nearly took things away from them, all the scoring came in the final 40 minutes of the match. The star for San Antonio FC was Abraham Lincon who scored a brace.

Following up that win in their first match San Antonio FC looked to take that momentum and managed a big win over Celtic Academy Harps (CA) on Tuesday. It was an even stronger performance as they managed a 2-0 win, playing especially well defensively.

With those results, coupled with the other results in their group, San Antonio FC is all but guaranteed a place in the next round as they sit as the only team in their group with a perfect 2-0 record. All San Antonio FC will need in their third match of the tournament is a draw and they will top the group.

On Wednesday San Antonio FC easily won through to the quarter-finals as they managed a big 5-0 win over FC Dallas’ Youth 04B Premier side. That pushed San Antonio FC to the playoffs where they’ll play yet another FC Dallas side.

Tyrpak Stunner Salvages Point for San Antonio FC

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Kris Tyrpak celebrates his goal with his team mates (Photo: Robin Jerstad/San Antonio FC)

A Kris Tyrpak stunner saved a point for San Antonio FC as his late goal equalized the match at 1-1 keeping San Antonio’s undefeated start to the season intact and giving them what could be a vital point in the match against Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Toyota Field on Friday night.

It was a switch of play that gave San Antonio FC their equalizer as their midfielder, Shawn Chin, looked up and sent the ball for Tyrpak on the far side. The Texan chested the ball down with his first touch, before hitting a perfect volley that left the keeper with no chance and gave San Antonio FC the draw.

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Round 3 Preview: San Antonio FC v Colorado Springs Switchbacks

Colorado Springs in action against OKC Energy (Photo: Colorado Springs Switchbacks)

Match Details: San Antonio FC v Colorado Springs Switchbacks, April 7 2017, 8:00pm, Toyota Field, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio FC Form: DW

Colorado Springs Switchbacks Form: LW* – Colorado Springs first match is credited as a win due to a Tulsa Roughnecks forfeit but they actually lost the match 4-1.

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 2-0-0-6pts – 2nd

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2017 Record: 1-0-1-4pts – 5th

All-time Series: Series tied 1-1 (Under standard tie breaking rules, San Antonio FC lead on goals scored)

Colorado Springs Switchbacks Last Match Summary (v Oklahoma City Energy):

It was a difficult match last Saturday for both sides as a snow storm blew through Colorado Springs, making conditions hard for both teams. Masta Kacher scored the goal for the Switchbacks in the 1-1 draw as he continued to be the main man for the Switchbacks in to another season.

The weather may have made things better for the Switchbacks as they were able to stifle Oklahoma City in the match. It was also inconsistent with their result a week before, masked by the fact that it is now recorded as a win for the Switchbacks, they actually lost 4-1.

Colorado Springs will not have such an advantage in San Antonio, with the weather almost the exact opposite of a snow storm.

Statistical Note: Should Rafael Castillo score a goal in this match he will take sole occupation of the top goal scorer spot in San Antonio pro soccer history, he went level with Pablo Campos, scoring his 25th goal for a San Antonio professional soccer club on Saturday.

Key to the match

San Antonio FC has proven already this season that they can carry a lead, and that will be key for them again, if they can score early that would rattle Colorado Springs and could well see San Antonio FC score more goals. The off the ball movement from San Antonio FC proved crucial throughout the match as players were able to draw defenders away from the actual intended target of a pass which saw the space open up, if they can do that again this week it could be a rugby score.

Prediction: San Antonio FC 2 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0