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.

Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Supergroup Starts Taking Shape

Toronto FC v Eintracht Frankfurt (Photo: Dallas Cup)

One of the biggest youth soccer events in the world, the Dallas Cup and their key event had crucial matches on Tuesday as they completed the third day of play in the Gordon Jago Super Group.

A match had to be played over two days as their match got postponed due to weather on Monday. Chivas Guadalajara took on Cortiba who started the match quickly scoring just two minutes in through Henrique Vermudt before adding a second in the 16th from Yuri Rocha. Chivas pulled a goal back in the 25th minute through Bryan Haro to make it 2-1 at half-time.

The second half saw Cortiba start with two quick goals to shoot out to a 4-1 lead with Matheus da Cunha and Talysson Machado scoring the goals. Haro scored again in the 76th minute to give Chivas a glimmer of hope before Gonzalez Munoz really pushed Chivas in it in the 86th minute but with just four minutes they couldn’t get back. With the win Cortiba lead their group with four points and so will be looking for Manchester United to lose and Chivas to not win to seal a place in the semi-finals.

Another tight match occurred in Bracket B when CF Monterrey took on Maccabi Haifa with Monterrey having to wait until the very last minute to claim the 2-1 win. Juan Machado opened the scoring in just the 9th minute for Monterrey but the two sides fought hard the rest of the half and 1-0 remained the score going in to the break. Maccabi Haifa scored their first goal of the tournament in the second half as Shadi Masarwa leveled things and was pushing them to an unlikely draw until Machado scored in the 90th to get the 2-1 win. Monterrey still trails FC Dallas who lead the group but will still need a win to seal passage to the semi-finals or need Everton to win.

Needing a win to keep their hopes alive Eintracht Frankfurt started their match against Toronto FC well, opening the scoring in the 4th minute thanks to Mahato Takahashi. The Germans were the dominant side and early in the half earned a penalty which Nils Hedt hit but could only find the post. Toronto capitalized on that miss in the 64th minute when Shaan Hundal converted a cross with a powerful finish for a 1-1 draw, eliminating Eintracht Frankfurt.

The final match of the day was at MoneyGram Park as Tigres and Red Bull Brasil fought out a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match. The only goal in the first half came as a surprise as Red Bull Brasil took the lead in the 27th minute through Danilo Albuquerque giving Red Bull Brasil a 1-0 lead at the break.

In the second half Red Bull Brasil doubled their lead on the hour mark as Vitor Vieira scored a goal, putting Tigres in trouble. Tigres equalized in the 79th minute as Luis Bonilla was able to score a goal and pull his side back in it until a late equalizer from Juan Sanchez to seal a 2-2 draw and kept Tigres alive in the tournament. That makes the match between Tigres and Toronto FC a virtual semi-final as the winner will advance to the semi-finals.

Houston Dash Leave Bianca Henninger out of 20 Player Roster

Photo: Houston Dash

Houston Dash has announced their 20 player squad for the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season on Monday. They begin play on Saturday in a home match against the Chicago Red Stars.

The one thing that fans were looking to was which of the three goalkeepers would be left off of the 20 player squad. In the end it was Bianca Henninger who was the unlucky player excluded as Australian Lydia Williams and new USA international Jane Campbell were chosen ahead of Henninger, who had played 20 times for Dash since their inception, especially when Williams was away on Australia duty.

Sarah Hagen has joined the club as she was waived by Orlando Pride on the 6th, after playing 17 matches and scoring twice. That allowed Dynamo to pick her up and add some needed depth up front, especially in the absence of Carli Lloyd for much of the season.

There are four federation players assigned to the Dash in Lloyd and her fellow USA midfielder Morgan Brian. The two Canadian federation players in the squad are Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince who were both part of the bronze medal winning Canadian side from Rio 2016.

There are three Brazilian players in the squad in defenders Bruna Benites and Poliana as well as midfielder Andressa. Denise O’Sullivan remains, along with Rachel Daly representing Ireland and England respectively while Janine Van Wyk is interestingly listed as English despite being South African.

Houston Dash have gone for a top-heavy roster with seven players listed as ‘forwards’ but that is likely only a designation rather than where all seven of those players would be playing on the pitch. Just six players are listed as defenders but with a 20 player squad it is hard to strike a perfect balance.

US Women Cruise to win in Houston

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The United States Women’s National Team again made light work of Russia as they completed their two match series in Texas. The USA won 5-1 in a strong performance across the board after a tight start to the match.

“Whenever you lose a game,” said USA head coach Jill Ellis referring to the She Believes Cup, “you want to get back on track, and reality is this team doesn’t lose very often. The results make you feel good but what do you get from that and where are the pieces? Those are the really important questions for me and where we are. I was happy with the players, and it was good to get so many players in these games… then we can decide on the next squad.”

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Two San Antonio Girls Varsity Teams Fall Just Before State Tournament

Steele players react after their loss (Photo: Robin Jerstad)

Two San Antonio girls varsity teams have fallen just short of qualifying for the state tournament as they fell in their regional finals on Saturday. Steele fell to Austin Vandegrift and Alamo Heights fell to Boerne Champion in the two matches.

Steele took on Vandegrift at Blossom Athletic Center and lost just their second match of the year as they fell 2-0 in the match.  Vandegrift came in to the match as favorites having made the 6A state final last year and cruising through the tournament so far.

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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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USA Demolish Russia in First Texan Friendly

Crystal Dunn celebrates a goal (Photo: US Soccer)

The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has started their double header in Texas well as they managed a 4-0 win over Russia at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Thursday night.

A sell-out crowd of 15,191 attended the match in Frisco with Crystal Dunn and Allie Long both scoring braces in the big win. It was a much needed confidence boost for the USWNT after a disappointing performance in the She Believes Cup.

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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

 

Three San Antonio Teams Advance in Boys Varsity Playoffs

Luis Garcia shoots for Clark against Jay (Photo: San Antonio Express News/Tom Reel)

Three San Antonio teams have advanced to the final 16 in the boys’ varsity playoffs with Alamo Heights, Johnson, and Clark all recording wins on Tuesday night.

Alamo Heights left the home fans upset in Kerrville as they managed a 3-0 win over Tivy at Atler Stadium. A strong second half proved the difference as they extended their 1-0 lead at half-time to completely get away from the hosts and advance.

There was only one goal in the first half as junior midfielder Carson Shults was able to cross the ball in to the box and found senior forward Travis Baer who finished the opportunity. The hosts, Tivy, attacked through the half but could not break down the Alamo Heights defense keeping it 1-0 at half-time.

After half-time Alamo Heights’ Morgan Smith began to shine as he laid off two assists for the goals that would seal the win. The first was to junior forward Jonathan Rocha, giving Alamo Heights breathing space before the third goal of the day sealed things with Tyler Bronson burying it to send Alamo Heights through.

In San Antonio Johnson managed to please the home crowd as they managed a 3-1 win over Lake Travis at Blossom Athletic Center. The win makes it the best season in Johnson history as they advance past the third round for the first time ever.

Senior midfielder Jacob Hallenberger got things going for the Jaguars as he managed to make enough space to score the goal in the first half. That goal would hold through to half-time as the Jaguars held out Lake Travis well to have a 1-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw things continue for the Jaguars and the doubled their lead as senior midfielder Seth Holzmann set up senior midfielder Diego Bonito for the second. Moments later it was three as Hallenberger found Holzman, who continued his good senior season with a goal. Lake Travis would eventually pull a goal back but it was too little too late as the Jaguars advanced.

Farris Stadium saw an all San Antonio affair as Clark was able to manage a big 4-0 win over Jay to advance to the sweet 16. It sees the side go one step further than last season, after a phenomenal season fell disappointingly short.

The opening goal came from a corner as the ball was swung in and found JonConnor Rule who was able to head it home. Just five minutes after the opener Luis Garcia stood over the ball and sent home a powerful free-kick from 20 yards. With time running out in the first half Clark was able to make it 3-0 as Pete Garcia managed an impressive goal to all but seal the match.

On the hour mark Clark sealed the four goal win as Daniel Rodriguez hit a stunning volley that left the keeper with no chance. In the final half hour the Clark defense sealed the win as they held out the Jay attack, which kept coming but couldn’t break through.

Texans Abroad April 3 to 4 2017

Lee Nguyen (Photo: New England Revolution)

Sunday April 4, 2017

North America

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers 1 New England Revolution 1

Lee Nguyen played the full 90 for New England Revolution and scored their only goal (84’ 1-1) in a draw, his third goal of the season. London Woodberry was not in the match day 18.

New England Revolution 8th (East) 1W 1D 2L 4pts

Monday April 3, 2017

South America

Colombian Primera B

Deportes Qunidio 1 Deportivo Pereira 2

Francisco Navas continued his run of starts as he played a full 90 as Deportes Qunidio lost.

Deportes Qunidio 6th 4W 1D 3L 13pts – Playoff place

Asia

Thai Premier League

Bangkok United 4 Sukothai 2

Anthony Ampai Pitakwong continued his return from injury as he played a full 90 as Bangkok United managed a win.

Bangkok United 9th 3W 1D 3L 10pts