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SAN ANTONIO – A goal and an assist from Lance Laing lifted San Antonio FC to a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders 2 (5-20-5) in front of 7,614 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.


The win snapped a three-match winless streak and saw SAFC climb within three of the eighth and final playoff spot pending other results.

“We’re very pleased for our players to get the three points,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We’re also pleased for Maxi (Rodriguez) and Ethan (Bryant) who got their first professional goals in the USL. In the end, our mission tonight was to get three points and we achieved it.”

A little over seven minutes later, SAFC extended their lead on Ethan Bryant’s first professional goal. He took the feed from Laing and slotted the ball off the bar and into the net. Just before halftime, Seattle got one back as Azriel Gonzales beat a diving Matt Cardone to make it 2-1 at the break.

San Antonio opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Ever Guzman intercepted a kick from Seattle goalkeeper Jacob Castro and feed Laing for the goal, putting the home side up a goal. The tally was the fourth for Laing since joining SAFC.

A little over seven minutes later, SAFC extended their lead on Ethan Bryant’s first professional goal. He took the feed from Laing and slotted the ball off the bar and into the net. Just before halftime, Seattle got one back as Azriel Gonzales beat a diving Matt Cardone to make it 2-1 at the break.

Neither team could find the back of the net for much of the second half until the final moments in stoppage time. Maxi Rodriguez added a goal to seal the 3-1 win and finalize the scoring.

Here is what went good and bad for San Antonio FC, as well as three standout players: Lance Laing, Ever Guzman, and Ethan Bryant.

The Good:

  • SAFC snapped a three-match losing streak and kept their playoff hopes alive.
  • Greg Cochrane appeared in his 100th match for SAFC.
  • Lance Laing continues to be a spark for the San Antonio offense.
  • Ethan Bryant scored his first professional goal and has continued to show his growth all season.

The Bad:

  • SAFC missed out on some big scoring chances and if this had been a top team, it would have likely burned them.

Three Standout Players:

Lance Laing

Since joining SAFC, Laing has been a huge spark for the offense. In a must-win match on Saturday, he showed why the coaching staff has placed so much trust in him.

Laing scored his fourth of the season in the first half off the assist from Guzman. The goal was the fourth of the season for Laing. Just seven minutes later, he was not done. He assisted on Bryant’s goal, marking his fourth helper.

“To have a player like Lance helps us on defense,” SAFC defender Greg Cochrane said. “To have someone like him scoring and playing well makes us want to do even better on our end.”

Powell and SAFC fans will hope Laing’s play can help San Antonio sneak into the playoffs as the team needs to win out and get some help.

Ethan Bryant

The youngest player on SAFC has seen himself grow over the course of his first professional season and he finally found the back of the net in the final stretch of the season.

Bryant scored his first pro goal in the 26th minute of Saturday’s win off the assist from Lance Laing. He scored in impressive fashion as he sent the ball off the bar and into the net.

“It felt great to get it at home and see my family in the crowd,” he said. “It’s a special moment I’ll remember forever, but most importantly we’re happy with the three points and we’re going to keep fighting for the playoffs.”

Ever Guzman

Guzman may not have scored on the night but he contributed nicely. He had an assist and added three key passes to nicely set up his teammates.

Now San Antonio will hope some results go their way and can win out to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year.

“We have to take it one game at a time,” Powell said. “We really want to make sure we get three wins in these last few games, but we can’t get to three if we don’t get one or two.”

UP NEXT:

San Antonio FC is now 13-12-7 (46 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome the Las Vegas Lights FC (7-16-8) to Toyota Field at 7:30 pm CT.

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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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