SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC kicked off play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by defeating Laredo Heat SC 2-0 in front of 4,704 fans at Toyota Field on Tuesday night in the second round of the tournament.
San Antonio’s win combined with the other results from Tuesday night will see SAFC face the Austin Bold on May 29 on the road.
“I thought the guys came out with a good, honest performance,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It’s great to give young players an opportunity, and they handled themselves well, so collectively we’re pleased with the group for the performance. There are always things we can work on, but now it’s just a matter of winning and advancing in this competition, and now we’ll go on to the next round.”
San Antonio got on the board early on when Pascal Eboussi scored off the feed from Jack Barmby, putting SAFC up a goal in the 18th minute. SAFC added to their lead when Ever Guzman took the pass from Barmby and put home a banger of a ball, extending the San Antonio advantage to two goals.
Despite getting chances in the second half, San Antonio could not punch a third ball home as they would get the 2-0 win and advanced to the second round. The match also marked the debuts for defender Carson Price and midfielders Leo Torres and Jose Gallegos.
San Antonio FC will now return to USL Championship action this Saturday when they welcome the Tulsa Roughnecks (4-3-3) at 7:30 pm Central Time from Toyota Field.