CARSON – San Antonio FC earned a point as they played to a scoreless draw with LA Galaxy II (0-1-2, 2 points) at the StubHub Center on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s always tough to play on far away trips like tonight, but earning a clean sheet was one of the goals for this week and we’re glad to have accomplished that, but we all feel like we could’ve gotten more out of the game,” SAFC captain Ryan Roushandel said. “None of us are satisfied with the result of the game, but we’ll take the positives out of it and build on that.”
Neither side could fully get a grip on the momentum as both clubs each went back and forth with the ball in the first half. Ever Guzman was brought down in the box by LA goalkeeper Wade Hamilton, earning Guzman a penalty kick. He would take the kick but Hamilton made the stop to keep San Antonio off the scoreboard.
The best chance in the entire match came from LA midfielder Miguel Aguilar, whose shot went past SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo but went off the crossbar.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC, as well as three standout players: Kris Tyrpak, Rafa Castillo, and Diego Restrepo.
- SAFC picks up a point, making it their fourth out of a possible nine through three matches. Considering the injuries and San Antonio’s shaky defense, you have to feel good about that.
- San Antonio earned their first clean sheet of the season on Saturday as their defense seemed to be tighter and more in sync than they have been the first two matches.
- Kris Tyrpak provided a much-needed spark in an otherwise lackluster match for both clubs.
- Ever Guzman’s struggles continued on Saturday. After being a non-factor in the first two matches, he missed on SAFC’s best scoring chance of the game. San Antonio will need to get him more involved on the offensive side of the ball as the season goes on if they want to score.
- Mikey Lopez was ejected in the second half after picking up a second yellow card. He will be suspended for SAFC’s next match against the defending Western Conference champions Swope Park Rangers.
- San Antonio got shutout for the first time this season. It is hard to win if you do not score.
“It’s always positive when you can keep a clean sheet on the road,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We finished the game with 10 men, but the guys worked extremely hard. It’s good to earn a point away from home.”
Three Standout Players:
San Antonio dominated the possession on Saturday night and much of that was due to the play of Kris Tyrpak. The Texas native was a constant on the attack for SAFC, setting up Rafa Castillo for a shot and looked for Lopez for a header in the second half.
Last season, SAFC looked to guys like Billy Forbes and Guzman to do a bulk of the scoring. However, just three matches into the season and it’s becoming very clear that Tyrpak, Lopez, and Guzman is going to be a 1-2-3 scoring punch for the Silver and Black.
SAFC dominated the passing game with an 85 percent accuracy rate. One person who benefits from that is veteran Rafa Castillo. He took a shot to the net, which went wide off the pass from Tyrpak. Then, he sent a shot that went in but the play was blown dead prior to that for an offsides call.
If anything, Saturday just proves that age is nothing but a number for Castillo, who brings it every time he sets foot on the pitch. It also proves that the 37-year-old is still extremely important to this club.
The reigning Goalkeeper of the Year was under pressure much of the second half but kept his composure and helped SAFC take a point. LA outshot San Antonio 8-2 and Restrepo made three key saves in that second half to help preserve the point.
San Antonio’s defense got better and Restrepo looked more in sync with the backline in the first half. These two things will go miles ahead towards good things for SAFC moving forward.
San Antonio FC is now 1-1-1 (4 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday night when they return to Toyota Field to welcome in the Swope Park Rangers (2-0-0, 6 points) at 7:30 p.m. CST