IRVINE – A solid performance in net by goalkeeper Matt Cardone saw San Antonio FC and Orange County SC play to a scoreless draw at Championship Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

The draw saw SAFC extend their unbeaten streak to four matches and saw them take four out of six points on the two-game road trip.

“I think the team is getting better week in and week out and we’re gathering some momentum,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “We’ve lost one in our last seven and we’ve put good results together, so we have to keep that momentum going and the guys have to keep being committed on their performances. We’re really pleased with everybody’s intensity this week and we look forward to continuing that next week.”

After a quiet first half, both teams picked it up in the second. Cardone came up big with two saves in the 59th and 62nd minutes respectively. San Antonio had a golden chance in the 71st minute when Frank Lopez took the pass from Jack Barmby but put the shot wide of the net.

20 minutes later, Lopez had a chance to redeem himself and buried a shot into the back of the net. However, the goal was called off due to a foul on Orange County defender Leonardo and he was shown a red card.

Standout Player
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Matt Cardone

The goalkeeper recorded his sixth clean sheet of the season. He had four saves and four claims on the night and was a massive part in SAFC collecting a point on the road.

“We’ve been solid over the past few games but we’re still building,” Cardone said. “We’re getting better every game and hopefully, we carry this performance to build on the run we’re on.”

San Antonio FC is now 6-8-6 (24 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday to welcome Real Monarchs SLC (8-6-4) to Toyota Field at 7:30 pm Central Time.

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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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