SAN ANTONIO – Cristian Parano put two goals on the net in the first three minutes and that effort made SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell happy, even if it meant not getting all three points.

San Antonio FC and Orange County SC played to a 0-0 draw at Toyota Field on Saturday night as they began a stretch of three matches in a seven-day span.


The result saw SAFC earn a point in the tight Western Conference standings and earn their third clean sheet of the season.

“Our guys showed a lot of heart tonight,” Powell said. “We wanted to make sure we preserved the clean sheet and that we created a handful of good opportunities to score. All in all we’re proud of the effort from our players tonight, and getting a clean sheet is important at this stage.”

SAFC applied pressure on the visiting side early as Parano put three shots on net but could not find the back of the net. Despite San Antonio controlling much of the first half, neither side would find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes.

The second half saw both teams tighten up defensively as both sides had little chances to score. The best chance came from Ever Guzman in the 83rd minute but his shot went just wide of the net.

San Antonio moved just three points out of the top 10 in the Western Conference standings but SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone knows their performance was a step in the right direction.

“When the guys in front of you are working together and the whole team is working together, we’re all responsible for defending,” Cardone said. “We did a good job tonight, but we can definitely do better.”

UP NEXT:

San Antonio FC is now 3-5-2 (11 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Tuesday night when they face off against the Laredo Heat in Round 2 of the U.S. Open Cup at 7:30 pm at Toyota Field.

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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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