SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC suffered their first loss of the season, falling 1-3 to Portland Timbers 2 (1-0-1) on a chilly night at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
The loss was the first of the season for SAFC, who gave up three goals for the second consecutive outing.
“We created more opportunities than I’ve seen in a long time with this team, and yet we came out with only one goal off a penalty and nothing else,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We need to do a lot better and the bottom line is [this is] a collective effort.”
A miscue by the San Antonio defense would lead to the opening goal of the match. Portland’s Foster Langsdorf sent a pass to Todd Wharton, who was all alone and beat SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone, putting the visitors up a goal.
In the 28th minute, Jack Barmby was taken down in the box and SAFC was awarded a penalty shot. Barmby stepped up and drilled the PK, leveling the score at one goal apiece. The tally was the first for the English midfielder in an SAFC kit. Less than four minutes later, Portland took back the lead with a goal from Marvin Lora in the 32nd minute.
The second half saw SAFC have several chances, including a header from Lance Laing and a diving chance from Christian Parano that went just wide. Portland would seal the win with Lora’s second goal of the night in the 73rd minute to finalize the scoring at 3-1.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC as well as the lone standout player of the match: Jack Barmby.
- San Antonio has scored 2 goals per game through two games this season, which in most cases is enough to win plenty of games this season.
- SAFC’s backline is new and obviously, there will be kinks to work out at the beginning of the season. However, both of Portland’s goals came on defensive errors as miscommunication saw Langsdorf all alone against Cardone. That should never happen in a match.
- San Antonio has given up three goals in two straight matches, not the start you are looking for to begin a new season.
- Ever Guzman was never really involved in the match. Credit Portland’s defense for that but if Guzman is not involved, the team will need to find other ways to score.
Barmby drew the penalty on Portland in the first half and converted the lone goal for SAFC in the first half. Barmby showed fans what they can expect from him this season with his aggressive style of play.
“We excite the fans and create a lot of opportunities, but we know for a fact that we need to execute better,” Barmby said. “We create chances and we know we’ll continue to create chances. We’re still early in the season, but we need to figure things out defensively pretty quickly in terms of execution, and I think the sky is the limit for us.”
San Antonio FC is now 0-1-1 (1 point) on the season and will return to pitch next Saturday when they open a two-game road trip against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1-1-0, 3 points) at 7 pm Central Time.