SAN ANTONIO – Despite some very windy conditions, San Antonio FC earned a 2-0 win over LA Galaxy II (3-3-0) at Toyota Field on Saturday night to pick up their second win of the 2019 season.
The win was the second straight for SAFC, who also earned their first clean sheet of the season.
“We’re extremely proud of the way the players conducted themselves from start to finish tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The conditions were very windy and made it difficult to do exactly what we wanted, but the players stuck to the task and worked extremely hard for 90 minutes, and obviously, three points and a clean sheet is what we wanted.”
San Antonio was first on the scoreboard when Bradford Jamieson IV put home his second goal of the season off an Ever Guzman missed shot, putting the home side up a goal in the 14th minute. Guzman made the most of his second scoring chance as he netted a shot in the 37th minute to put SAFC up 2-0. The goal was the third of the season for the Mexican striker.
Despite LA controlling much of the possession in the second half, Los Dos could not find the back of the net as San Antonio coasted to the two-goal win.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC as well as three standout players: Bradford Jamieson IV, Ever Guzman, and Kai Greene.
- SAFC scored first in the game, making it the third time San Antonio has scored first in a match this season.
- Ever Guzman continues to add goals to his scoring column.
- San Antonio recorded their first shutout of the season, showing more signs of an improved defense.
- SAFC had several bad giveaways in the second half as they had two consecutive turnovers in their own end of the field.
- LA controlled play for the majority of play in the second half but San Antonio’s defense stepped things up.
Three Standout Players:
The forward continued to pour in the goals on Saturday night as he netted his 18th all-time with the club. He finished off the attack with a tally.
Guzman netted his third goal of the season and 19th overall for the club.
Powell and the rest of SAFC should hope Guzman get his rhythm as he did in 2016. If that can happen, the club should prove tough to beat later on in the season.
Bradford Jamieson IV
The forward netted his second goal as in many weeks for the club, giving SAFC an early lead in the first half. Jamieson is proving how solid of a pick up he was in the offseason as he continues to score the ball and pick it up on the defensive end.
“There are a lot of guys in the mix,” Jamieson said. “You see me, Ever, and Brian up there working hard but the week involves a lot of guys that weren’t out there, who make us better and we make them better as far as competing, and then the flow comes with each match that we play. We saw it last week and now this week we got two goals, but I think you’re seeing more flow and connectivity among the three of us and we’re getting more and more comfortable.”
The defender had himself a solid outing as he had several clears and won three big duels with LA threatening to score. He aggressive on the ball and was one of several key factors in SAFC claiming their first clean sheet of the season.
“It’s all about fighting and everyone fought for the guy next to them tonight,” Greene said. “It took effort and we dug deep. We knew we had to secure the win but we also wanted to secure the clean sheet, and that’s exactly what we did. We have great momentum right now heading into our next match and everything is good right now.”
San Antonio FC is now 2-3-1 (7 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they travel to face Real Monarchs SLC (2-2-2) at 8 pm Central Time from Zions Bank Stadium.