EL PASO — San Antonio FC continued their three-week road trip on Saturday night, falling 0-2 to the El Paso Locomotive (10-1-4) at Southwest University Park on Wednesday night.
The loss is second in the last three games for San Antonio, with both of those defeats coming at the hands of El Paso.
“Any time you play the best team in the conference you have to bring your A-game, and we felt like a collective we underperformed today,” said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “We have to bring our very best, and we know we can do much better and give a lot more. We’ll learn from this and we have to make sure we’re better against another good team in RGV.”
The hosts took the lead on the counter-attack, Dylan Mares found Diego Luna on the run as he slotted the ball home past SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone in the 29th minute. El Paso took a 2-0 lead when former forward Luis Solignac found Jose Aguinaga for a header just before halftime.
El Paso’s defense prevented San Antonio from setting up any real chance as the game ended in a 0-2 defeat for SAFC.
With the loss, San Antonio slipped into sixth place in a tight Mountain Division but are just one point out from the final playoff spot in the division.
“One of our goals is to get into playoffs, so points matter, and we still have half of the season left,” Marcina said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge at RGV because they’re one of the top teams, but it’s about going there and competing with every intent to earn three points.”
San Antonio FC is now 5-5-6 (21 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday to face RGV FC (8-4-4) at 7:30 p.m. from H-E-B Park.