Toyota Field – SAFC coach Darren Powell knew his club would be improved as San Antonio FC’s inaugural season went on. And, boy was he right. His club is clicking at the right time, taking down another top team in search of a playoff berth.
San Antonio FC earned a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in front of 6,025 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night. With the victory, SAFC has extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
Matt Cardone was in goal as Josh Ford served the first of his three game suspension. Cordone came up big in the 19th minute when he stopped a penalty kick attempted by Vancouver forward Kyle Greig to keep the game scoreless going into the second half.
SAFC continued to dominate the game much like they did in the first half. San Antonio was awarded a penalty kick of their own in the 64th minute and San Antonio FC captain Rafa Castillo converted the advantage to make it a 1-0 game.
Cordone made several key saves in the second half as Vancouver pressured the SAFC side. Franck ‘The Tank” Tayou put the game away in stoppage time when he added a goal to seal the 2-0 win for San Antonio FC.
“Tonight I thought we saw improvement,” Powell said after the game. “We still need to keep improving, but it feels great to get three points against a team that’s top of the table. Absolutely.”
The victory saw San Antonio go from 11th place in the Western Conference standings to seventh. SAFC has not lost a match since June 4 and have allowed one goal in 15 of 17 contests.
“I think our quality is starting to come out,” Cardone said of the recent streak. “We’ve been growing this whole year and now we’re starting to show up on the field. It can only go up from here.”
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 6-5-6 (24 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome LA Galaxy II to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.