SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC continued its hot streak with a 2-1 victory over LA Galaxy II (5-12-5) in front of 7,447 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
The match is the fourth straight win for San Antonio, which is their second longest in club history. SAFC has won four of their last five matches and remains undefeated since beginning the second half of the season.
“We got three points and when everyone wakes up in the morning we will have those three points on the table, and that helps us get closer to our goals,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We are proud of those three points because they’re not easy to get in this league, but now we have to prepare for the next match. We can’t look back, we have to look forward all the time and make sure we learn from the past and we execute in the future.”
Despite LA having control of the attack for the first 15 minutes, it was San Antonio who found the scoreboard first on the night. Darnell King scored after a loose ball found his boot in the 20th minute, putting the home side up a goal. LA had a chance to draw level with a shot from Frank Lopez but his shot was stopped thanks to a diving save from Diego Restrepo. King’s goal would stand as the lone tally of the opening 45 minutes.
San Antonio added to their lead in the 50th minute thanks to Ever Guzman’s goal as he finished off a cross from Ethan Bryant for his fourth goal of the season. Los Dos would end Restrepo’s bid for a clean sheet in stoppage time when Lopez connected on a shot to finalize the scoring at 2-1.
Here is what went good and bad for San Antonio FC on Saturday, as well as three standout players: Darnell King, Ever Guzman, and Ethan Bryant.
- SAFC found the scoreboard twice on the night, improving to 7-0-0 when scoring multiple goals in a match this season.
- San Antonio FC continues to rack up the wins at home, improving to 7-2-3 inside the friendly confines of Toyota Field in 2018.
- The Red and Black’s offense continues to stay hot, averaging 2.25 goals per match during its four-game winning streak.
- Ethan Bryant is growing up right before our eyes.
- Connor Presley struggled to pass the ball early on in the match and just did not have a great night overall. A rarity for the youngster.
- Omar Gordon missed out on a chance to put SAFC up three goals when his penalty kick was stopped by LA’s keeper. Powell subbed out Gordon in the 56th minute and he went to the bench visibly frustrated.
- Diego Restrepo’s great night in net was slightly blemished by not getting the clean sheet. Something Powell said frustrated the club as a whole following the match.
Three Standout Players:
A week after scoring his third goal of the season, Cheno Guzman was hungry for more and he filled up.
Guzman’s first scoring attempt came early in the 11th minute when he had a clear shot on goal but it was stopped by Lopez. In the second half, Guzman was taken down on the doorstep after looking for a pass from Gordon.
Guzman finally struck in the 50th minute when he finished off a cross from Ethan Bryant for his fourth goal of the season. The 30-year-old has scored a goal in his previous three games and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Ever’s job on this team is trying to find spaces and score goals,” Powell said. “It is nice to have him back playing 90 minutes of soccer and you can see the quality of his play whenever he is in front of the goal.”
The addition of Darnell King on the squad in 2018 has been one of the consistent bright spots for SAFC and on Saturday he added something else to his resume.
The defender tallied his first goal in league play with a rocket in the 20th minute. The goal to go along with his team-leading five assists on the season.
“I try to contribute as much as I can offensively,” King said. “My first job is defense but if I can get a chance anytime to score a goal, it’s great to do. I’m glad I could contribute to the team.”
The youngest player on the club has been building his confidence with each passing match and it really showed in Saturday night’s match.
Bryant had a scoring chance in the first half but Lopez made the save. He also had the assist on Guzman’s goal in the second half. Along with the assist, he won six tackles, had one shot on goal and won 12 of 16 duels overall.
“Every game I just try and grow as a player. (I’m learning from) my teammates around me,” he said following the match. “I think it all comes with time, and I’m learning a lot, especially because I’m young. Each game is a learning step for me in my journey, but overall I’m happy with the three points.”
SAFC will now face a tough test with eight of their next 10 matches away from Toyota Field. The Red and Black won’t be back at home until August 25 and have just five remaining home matches on the season.
“We’re on a run of good form,” Bryant said. “We’re always going to try and beat whatever team comes here and make our fans happy, and we’ll do whatever we can to earn the three points.”
San Antonio FC is now 9-5-7 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they travel to Seattle to face Seattle Sounders 2 (4-14-2, 14 points) to kick off a three-game road trip.