KANSAS CITY – San Antonio FC suffered a 0-2 loss to the Swope Park Rangers (14-10-7) at Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday night as they continued their three-match road trip.
The loss was the second straight for San Antonio, who had won four of its last five coming in to the match.
“We’re bitterly disappointed by the result of the match,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It was a fairly even game and that was always going to be the case, and in these games, the first goal is very valuable. We have a short turnaround now and all eyes are on to Saturday for a significant game.”
After a scoreless first half, the home side struck early in the second 45 minutes. Hadji Barry finished off a cross from Tyler Blackwood to put the Rangers up a goal in the 51st minute. Blackwood added a goal and extended the Swope Park lead to 2-0, putting any hopes of San Antonio getting points out of reach.
The loss saw SAFC fall to ninth in the Western Conference standings, two points out of eighth place and three away from the seventh spot.
“We’ve taken enough hits and now we have to work hard, recover, and earn three points in Saint Louis,” SAFC midfielder Jose Escalante said.
San Antonio FC is now 12-11-7 (43 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday night when they conclude their road trip against Saint Louis FC.