AUSTIN – Four matches into the 2019 USL Championship season and San Antonio FC is starting to see a trend and it’s not one they want to keep going.
Kleber Giacomazzi’s goal in the 77th minute sent SAFC to a 0-1 loss to the Austin Bold (1-1-1) in front of a soldout crowd at Bold Stadium on Saturday night.
The loss was the third straight for SAFC, who has not won a match in 2019. San Antonio was shutout for the second straight weekend despite a heavy lineup change to the Starting XI.
“Every player is putting in a lot of effort to represent this club. We’re working hard but we need to find ways to win games, and if everybody keeps up their work ethic and commitment the positive results will come.”
With a gusty wind all night long, this made things even more difficult for both clubs to capitalize on chances. Powell made changes to the Starting XI as goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi and midfielders Leeroy Maguraushe and Brian Gomez all earned their first starts of the season.
Both teams would feel each other out for the majority of the first half and head into the dressing room scoreless. The second half saw Austin create several scoring chances in the first 15 minutes of the half but Viscosi would come up big for SAFC in net, stopping two shots early on.
Meanwhile, Cristian Parano, Gomez, and Josh Yaro created scoring chances for San Antonio but could not find the back of the net. The match would remain scoreless until the 77th minute when Kleber scored following a Bold corner kick.
With their backs against the wall, San Antonio would get a chance to draw even but shots from Ever Guzman and Walter Restrepo would not be able to find the back of the net.
“We worked hard for 90 minutes and came up short at the end of it,” Powell said. “We are bitterly disappointed, and we want to make sure we learn and move past it and get ready for our match next Saturday.”
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC Saturday night in Austin.
- Powell made some big changes to the lineup, benching goalkeeper Matt Cardone and midfielders Lance Laing, Ever Guzman, and defender Amer Didic. goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi and midfielders Leeroy Maguraushe and Brian Gomez started in their spots and provided some good results for SAFC despite the defeat.
- Gomez looks to be a solid pick up for San Antonio as he worked hard and created some big scoring chances. If he continues to play at that level, SAFC should find the back of the net soon.
- Despite the changes by Powell, the club still came up short.
- After scoring six goals in their first two matches, SAFC has been shutout for two straight matches. For those keeping track, that is around 242 minutes of soccer without a goal. SAFC is averaging just 1.5 goals per game through four matches this season.
- San Antonio needs to get some wins and fast as they are winless through the first four matches for the first time in franchise history.
“There’s no room to feel sorry for ourselves, so we have to keep our chins up and get ready for Vegas next week,” SAFC midfielder Michael Lahoud said. “Now it’s all about results.”
San Antonio FC is now 0-3-1 (1 point) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome the Las Vegas Lights FC (1-2-1) at 7:30 pm Central Time at Toyota Field.