San Antonio FC knows every game is important for playoff positioning. When the season ends, they might look at a game in Sacramento as the difference between playoffs or vacation.
In a hard fought match, San Antonio FC played to a 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC in front of 11,569 fans inside Bonney Field on Saturday night.
SAFC struck first in the 15th minute when Sebastien Thuriere’s shot was saved by Sacramento goalkeeper Evan Newton, but Cesar Elizondo put home the rebound to give the visitors the one goal lead. Republic FC had a few chances, but San Antonio’s defense stood tall and held the lead after 45 minutes.
San Antonio defender Milton Palacios was injured in the second half and taken off on a stretcher. The club reported he had been transferred to UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation.
As a result of the injury, right minutes of stoppage time were added to the end of the match. That is when Sacramento struck. The home side got the equalizer after Sacramento was awarded a penalty kick due to a Max Gunderson foul. Octavio Guzman beat SAFC keeper Josh Ford to make it 1-1 in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Ford returned to action after missing the previous three games due to suspension. He made six saves, tying a season-best for the season.
The draw gives San Antonio 25 points, keeping them three points out of the eighth and final playoff berth.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 6-7-7 (25 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they close out their road trip against Arizona United SC at 9:30 p.m. inside Peoria Sports Complex.