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San Antonio FC looks to make impact in inaugural season

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San Antonio FC earned a 1-0 win over Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday in a preseason friendly. (Photo courtesy of PitchBlackNews.com)
San Antonio FC earned a 1-0 win over Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday in a preseason friendly. (Photo courtesy of PitchBlackNews.com)

As San Antonio FC gets ready to kick off their inaugural season this weekend, there remains much to learn about this new soccer club. Being the newest sports franchise in San Antonio, and under the ownership of Spurs Sports and Entertainment, San Antonio FC has a lot of expectations to meet this year in hope of rising to the MLS one day.

Fans of San Antonio Scorpions will be pleased to learn that a few of their old favorites will return in Silver and Black. Matt Cardone, Milton Palacios, Victor Araujo, and Rafael Castillo will all be returning to Toyota Field as members of the USL team.

Fans will also have quite a few new faces to learn, including SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell who comes to the Alamo City after serving as Academy Director at Orlando City SC. SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford, also from Orlando City SC, will serve as starting keeper.


SAFC will also have good professional experience with a few former MLS players. Left back Greg Cochrane played formerly for the LA Galaxy and the Chicago Fire, while center back Stephen McCarthy brings experience from 4 years with the New England Revolution. Similarly, midfielder Carlos Alvarez played in the MLS with Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids.

Also interesting is the professional experience from SAFC’s forwards. Manolo Sanchez, formerly of the New York Red Bulls, and Jason Johnson who played with the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire, will both add some welcomed experience on the strike.

Overall, the SAFC no doubt has some great experience coming into their first season. With all of the combined effort, this season should prove entertaining and noteworthy for San Antonio fans. San Antonio FC kicks off for the first time on Sunday, April 3rd at 7 p.m. against the Seattle Sounders 2 at Starfire Stadium.

Keepers:
Josh Ford
Matt Cardone
Lee Johnston
Defense:
Milton Palacios
Bobby Moseley (on loan from Stoke City)
Sam McBride
Biko Bradnock-Brennan
Stephen McCarthy
Max Gunderson
Greg Cochrane
Austin Dunker
Fejiro Okiomah

Midfield:
Sébastien Thurière
Victor Araujo
Michael Reed
Carlos Alvarez
Danny Garcia
Rafael Castillo
Miguel Salazar

Forwards:
Manolo Sanchez
Shawn Chin
Jason Johnson
Jacques Francois

Coaching Staff-
Head Coach – Darren Powell
Assistant-
Andy Thomson
Nick Evans
Juan Lamadrid

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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