San Antonio FC needed a penalty six minutes from time to claim a 1-0 win over Phoenix Rising in an end-to-end match at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday night.
In the 84th minute a controversial call was made as Josh Cohen was called for a penalty after clattering in to Cesar Elizondo, in what seemed a 50/50 challenge. That allowed Rafael Castillo to step up and bury the chance sending Cohen the wrong way.
Match Details: Phoenix Rising v San Antonio FC, Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, Scottsdale, AZ. Saturday July 29th 2017 8pm MST (10pm CST)
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The Tournament of Nations got underway on Thursday night in Seattle, with five players from Houston Dash in action through the two matches.
Bruna Benites and Andressinha both saw time for Brazil in their 1-1 draw with Japan to kick off the tournament in an exciting match. Benites came on at half-time and saw 45 minutes of action, while Andressinha played the full 90.
Denise O’Sullivan (Photo: Houston Dash)
Houston Dash has waived Irish International Denise O’Sullivan, the club announced on Wednesday, bringing their current roster to 18.
O’Sullivan played 11 matches for Houston in the 2017 season managing one assist in the match against Washington Spirit on April 29th, one year on from making her debut for the club.
Former San Antonio Scorpions forward, Omar Cummings announced his retirement from professional soccer on Sunday in an FC Cincinnatti press release.
Cummings played his last professional soccer game on Monday nightwhen FC Cincinnati played Valencia in a midseason friendly. He received aspecial tribute at half-time, but will remain with the club, moving to a front office role with FC Cincinnati with the youth academy.
Billy Forbes celebrates his assist (Photo: Darren Abate/USL)
Two points were thrown away again by San Antonio FC on Saturdaynight as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against the league leading Real Monarchs at Toyota Field.“The guys played very well and worked extremely hard and got in a position to win the game, but unfortunately we conceded one at the end of thematch.” San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell after the match.
Twice, San Antonio FC held the lead but they gave it up each time,conceding with five minutes to play to surrender what would have been a vital three points in the regular season title race.
In the 27th minute local youngster Devin Vega opened the scoring for San Antonio FC as midfielder Billy Forbes sent him the ball tothe top of the box, allowing Vega to shoot across the face and in to the back of the net.
Just five minutes later Real Monarchs got back on level terms after a marginal penalty call, while it appeared it was a foul, the foul may have taken place outside the box. That allowed one of the most dominant playersin the USL in recent years, Chandler Hoffman to step up and bury the chance.
As would be expected by two of the top teams in the league it was a tight match throughout and it wasn’t until after the hour mark that the scoring got going again.
San Antonio restored their lead in the 68th minute after a good ball across the face from SAFC defender Sebastien Ibeagha after a set piece. Ibeagha’s ball found midfielder Kris Tyrpak who was left with asimple finish to make it 2-1.
“We worked on that play in training. It was supposed to draw a defender out and Sebastien (Ibeagha) did a great job to get the ball across.We’ve been working on set piece goals every week and finally one came for us today.” Said Tyrpak about the goal after the match.
Just when it seemed San Antonio FC would get a big win for their regular season hopes the home crowd had their hearts broken with an equalizer five minutes from time. Chase Minter sent a cross in, finding Max Lachowecki,who was able to head it past Diego Restrepo to seal the 2-2 draw, just thesecond time, San Antonio FC has conceded two goals in one match.
Clint Dempsey hits the game winning free-kick (Photo: Eric Guzman)
The United States has advanced to the final of the 2017 Gold Cup after a phenomenal cameo from Texan Clint Dempsey helped the United States to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.
After a strong save from Tim Howard, the United States countered beautifully, running down the left and allowing Texan Clint Dempsey to play the ball through for Jozy Altidore. The winger was able to beat the offside trap and his defender, running in from the left, and shooting across the face to score the opening goal of the match.
“I was just trying to give him a good weighted ball, he still had some work to do, and Jozy (Altidore) did the rest.” Said Dempsey.
The eyes of the soccer world were on Texas on Thursday night as Manchester United managed a 2-0 win over Manchester City at Houston’s NRG Stadium in front of 67,401 fans.
“It was a good training session,” said Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho after the match. “We had to play well, especially when the game had more quality. I’m really pleased and I’m sure Pep (Guardioloa, Manchester City coach) is the same. It was high quality training, because the teams are good, the stadium is amazing, and the fans are fantastic, everything was very good… The quality of the work has been good and it has been good propaganda for the club.”
“It was our first game, and one team is a little further on in their preparation,” said Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach. “It was a physical test but there were many, many good things about the match.”
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 38th minute as he tracked down the ball and rounded Ederson Moraes in the City goal. That pushed Lukaku wide but he somehow buried it from an impossible angle.
Houston Dynamo has added Argentine midfielder Tomas Martinezas a young designated player, signing him on a year contract the club announced on Monday.
Martinez joins the club as a full transfer from PortugesePremeira Liga club Sporting Clube de Braga, joining when his P-1 Visa andInternational Transfer Certificate (ITC) come through. The Argentine is thethird DP on the Houston Dynamo roster, and at 22 is the second oldest of thethree with Erick Torres the oldest at 24.
Speaking about the signing, Dynamo General Manager MattJordan said “Tomas Martinez is a player who we’ve tracked for quite some time,and after a lengthy process we’re pleased to welcome him to the Houston Dynamo.”
Having begun his professional career at 18, Martinez hasbeen involved in top level soccer since he joined River Plate at the age ofsix. Martinez first appearance saw him already involved with a Major LeagueSoccer player, making his debut professional appearance, coming in for current FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz.
At International level Martinez has been selected to represent Argentina at Under 20 and Under 23 level over many years. Thatincluded winning the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship andplaying in the Under 20 World Cup and Olympic Games.
Starting his career at River Plate, Martinez was part of thesquad that won the 2013-14 Copa Sudamericana. While with River plate he made 18 appearances while also going out on loan in Spain with Tenerife in 2015 and2016 and then on loan with Defensa y Justica in 2016.
At the end of the 2015-16 season Martinez moved to Portugalwith Sporting Braga on a full transfer for the 2016-17 season. There he managed 15 appearances for the side, scoring three times and laying off one assist.
It is not clear if Martinez will be available this weekend butwhen he is Houston’s active roster will be up to 28, with eight internationals on the roster.
44,232 soccer fans, mostly supporting Mexico filed in to the Alamodome on Sunday as Mexico took on Curacao and were left somewhat stunned as Mexico managed a 2-0 win, a scoreline that flatters them.
After being outplayed for much of the early part of the match Mexico finally settled and they took the lead in the 23rd minute. A cross to the far post had the Curacao defense scrambling, which left just enough space for Angel Spulveda to get a header away, across the face of the goal and in to the back of the net, a goal they barely deserved.