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

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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

Texas Based Players set to Appear on International Duty

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With the FIFA international break taking place this week there are plenty of Texas based players who will not get a break as they head off to international duty with various national teams over the globe.

There are three Texas based players in the United States men’s squad on differing ends of their international careers. DaMarcus Beasley of Houston Dynamo is there along with two players from in-state rivals FC Dallas Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges. Both the FC Dallas players played in the USMNT friendly against Venezuela last week.

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Omar Morales Announced as Interim Houston Dash Head Coach

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Houston Dash has announced on Tuesday the appointment of Omar Morales as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2017 National Womens’ Soccer League (NWSL) season following the departure of Randy Waldrum.

 “It has been an interesting 10 days or so. I’m extremely excited about the opportunity and just ready to get working and try to get this ship turned around with the team – push the girls to get better every day.” Said Morales in a conference call.

In the process Houston Dash has made history as Morales is the first ever Latino coach in league history. Morales has already made his coaching debut with the Dash as he managed the team through their match this weekend against Washington Spirit on Saturday.

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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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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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Athenians Impress in Tight win over Titans

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San Antonio’s premier women’s club, the Athenians have continued their strong start to the season as they managed a 1-0 win over Texas Titans at Blossom Soccer Complex on Friday night.

The goal came from a stroke of luck for the Athenians as a poor clearance allowed the opportunity. The Titans could only half clear a corner which fell to Shelbi Miller, she was then able set up Ana Campa who shot powerfully in to the top corner out of the reach of the keeper.

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Reduced to ten San Antonio FC hold Swope Park Scoreless

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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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Houston Dynamo Destroy RSL at Home

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While Houston Dynamo have the worst road record in Major League Soccer, they are unbeatable at home and showed why as they destroyed Real Salt Lake 5-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was a dominant performance from the Dynamo who got started early, taking charge of the match from the opening whistle. They opened the scoring in the third minute when Alex set up Mauto Manotas inside the box. Manotas shot but Schmidt stole possession only to clear the ball in to the back of his own net and give Houston the lead.

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