HIGHLIGHTS:

SAN ANTONIO – After dropping three straight matches on the road, San Antonio FC returned home and were dealt a 1-2 loss to the Swope Park Rangers (10-9-7) at Toyota Field on Saturday night.


The loss was the fourth straight for San Antonio, who came into the match hoping to turn the tide after dropping three consecutive road matches. Overall, SAFC has lost four of its last five matches.

“We’re very disappointed by the result of the match,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “You can see the contrast in the two halves tonight. We gave up two early set-piece goals which we’re disappointed about, but the players responded well in the second half and created chances to score.”

Hadji Barry got the scoring started for the visiting side when he headed the ball past Matt Cardone off a corner kick from Felipe Hernandez, putting Swope up a goal. 20 minutes later saw Swope add to their lead with a goal off a set piece as Amer Didic headed the ball home to make it a two-goal lead for the visitors.

The second half began with Cardone making a huge stop in the 46thto keep San Antonio within striking distance. Darnell King got SAFC on the scoreboard eight minutes later and putting home a rocket of a shot into the top right corner of the net, bringing SAFC within a goal.

Despite getting some solid looks and scoring chances, San Antonio was unable to get the equalizing goal and fell for the fourth straight match.

Here is what went good and bad for SAFC, as well as the lone standout player of the match: Darnell King.

The Good:

  • After going down 0-2, SAFC responded with King’s second-half goal. That seemed to spark the club as they created so many chances but just could not punch the ball home.
  • Midfielder Lance Laing made his club debut, playing 34 minutes and creating a team-high three chances on the night.

The Bad:

  • San Antonio FC squandered a chance to leapfrog Swope Park and move up the Western Conference standings. The loss saw the club slip to 11th place in the standings with five of their next six matches coming away from home.
  • The offense was nowhere to be seen for SAFC in the first half. It had no flow, no aggression and seemed very flat for the opening 45 minutes.

Standout Player:

Darnell King:

The defender scored the lone goal for SAFC in the match in the 54th minute after burying the ball into the top right corner of the goal. That tally would be his second of the season to go along with his team-leading five assists.

King’s goal sparked the club and got fans back into the match. SAFC created 10 chances and recorded 16 shots. On the defensive side of the ball, King applied pressure and stopped two Swope attacks as they threatened Cardone’s goal.

“We have to execute on the chances we create to win games,” King said. “The first half we didn’t create many chances and we were sitting back, but in the second half we pushed on and created plenty of chances. If we execute on those chances it could be a totally different game.”

UP NEXT:

San Antonio FC is now 9-9-7 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Wednesday night when they travel to take on Rio Grande Valley Toros FC (4-9-12, 24 points) at H-E-B Park.

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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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