San Antonio FC coach Darren Powell was proud of his team’s effort last week despite falling at home. However, his team knew they played poorly on defense. In Sunday’s match, they stepped up their defensive play and earned a point on the road.
SAFC scored early and battled to a 1-1 draw against the OKC Energy FC inside Taft Stadium. Danny Garcia had the lone goal for San Antonio in the first half.
San Antonio got on the scoreboard in the 18th minute when Shawn Chin found Garcia in the box, who placed the ball past the OKC keeper to give SAFC the 1-0 lead.
“The goal was from a really good team play,” said Garcia. “It was probably one of our best passing sequences of the season and I am glad I put it away.”
OKC answered back just before halftime around 20 minutes after Garcia’s goal. Danni König got ahead of the SAFC defense and beat goalkeeper Josh Ford to knot the score at one goal apiece going into the second half.
The second 45 minutes saw chances from both teams, but each keeper stood tall. Manolo Sanchez had a chance on a breakaway, but his attempt caught the side netting. OKC had chances as well, but Ford made key saves to ensure one point for SAFC.
“Every point is precious in this league,” Powell said after the game. “I thought the guys fought very hard until the final whistle, showed good character and desire tonight against a very good team from Oklahoma City.”
The point saw San Antonio drop to tenth in the Western Conference standings, just one point out of the Top 8.
San Antonio FC is now 2-3-3 (9 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on May 18 against Corinthians FC SA in U.S. Open Cup at Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.