COLORADO SPRINGS – Despite a much better defensive performance, San Antonio FC would fall 0-1 to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks (2-1-0) at Wagner Field on Saturday night.

The match was the first on the road for San Antonio in the 2019 season and was the second consecutive loss for SAFC after falling 1-3 to Portland at Toyota Field last weekend.

“It’s a long season and we have plenty of games left,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We need to make sure we keep improving on what we’re capable of doing, which we showed flashes of again tonight, and the team just needs to get back on the training field and look to improve, which we know we will see with hard work and commitment.”

The match would remain scoreless for 86 minutes until Colorado forward Cesar Romero scored the lone goal of the game on a beautiful curling shot that SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone had no chance of saving.

San Antonio would try to find the equalizer but could not score before the final whistle blew, sending them to their second straight defeat.

Here is what went good and bad for SAFC on Saturday night:

The Good:
  • Despite the loss, San Antonio’s defense looked much tighter and in sync for 86 minutes. After giving up three goals each of the first two games, SAFC conceded just one on Saturday.
  • Matt Cardone was a beast in between the pipes, stopping five shots on the night. That is his highest numbers of saves in the first three games of the season.
The Bad:
  • While the defense was in sync, the offense looked all out of sorts. San Antonio had little to no flow on the offensive side of the ball for much of the game. It was not until the second half that you saw SAFC pushing forward.
  • Colorado continues to be an Achilles heel for SAFC as they fell to 0-3-1 at Wagner field all-time.
“It’s a tough result for all of us, especially as it relates to how the season has started. It’s been a tough three games and not the results we wanted,” SAFC Defender Josh Yaro said. “We fought it out tonight the guys’ effort can’t be faulted. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t secure the result but we have 31 games left to get it right. Our spirits are high and we will work hard and keep pushing to improve.”

San Antonio FC is now 0-2-1 (1 point) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they face the Austin Bold (0-1-1) at 7:30 pm Central Time.

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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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