PORTLAND – A goal from Omar Gordon was not enough as San Antonio FC continued its three-game road trip with a 1-2 loss to Portland Timbers 2 (12-10-3) at Providence Park on Wednesday night.
The result was the second straight for SAFC on their three-game road trip, which saw them fall in Seattle last Saturday after a less than impressive performance. San Antonio had won four straight before beginning the road trip.
“We’re a bit pinned back right now and we have a tough match coming up against Phoenix Rising FC next week, so we need to come up with a response and get ourselves back on the right track,” SAFC defender Cyprian Hedrick said.
San Antonio opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Gordon put home a free kick past a diving Alex Mangles to put the visiting side up a goal. The tally was the fifth of the season for Gordon, who is now tied with Ever Guzman for the team lead in goals.
The home side would knot the score up just before halftime. Foster Langsorf completed a cross from Lamar Batista, beating SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cordone in the 42nd minute to level the match 1-1.
T2 would score the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute when Renzo Zambrano scored off a long distance attempt that was deflected into the net off an SAFC player and just out of Cardone’s reach to finalize the scoring at 2-1.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC on Wednesday as well as three standout players: Omar Gordon, Matt Cardone, and Cyprian Hedrick.
- Omar Gordon continues to pour his heart and soul out for the squad.
- Matt Cardone nearly was a fingertip away from preserving an SAFC point.
- Cyprian Hedrick had a solid night on defense for San Antonio.
- SAFC fell to 0-2-0 on their three-game road trip, guaranteeing them a losing record on the trip.
- San Antonio failed at the chance to move up in the standings with a loss to lowly Seattle and gave up a one-goal lead on Wednesday night.
- Ever Guzman’s goal streak ends at four.
- SAFC loses back to back games for the first time since September 2017.
Three Standout Players:
Gordon got SAFC on the scoreboard in the 28th minute with his fifth goal of the season off of a free kick. And that is just one of the many reasons why Omar has been such a massive spark for San Antonio this season.
Wednesday was no doubt one of the best performances from Gordon in an SAFC kit. He ran hard as he chased down the ball on defense, ran with speed on offense and was the main cog as the aggressor for SAFC. Sadly, his performance could not get any points for the Red and Black.
“We need to analyze and learn from the mistakes we made tonight and continue working hard every day,” SAFC forward Kyle Murphy said. “We need to be competitive at every moment, so we will regroup and work to improve on certain things for our match next Wednesday.”
Diego Restrepo had the night off, which saw The Bearded One, Matt Cardone take his place in goal for SAFC and he came up big in the late stages of the match.
Despite allowing two goals, Cardone finished the match with six saves. The six stops were his most in a USL match this season. He would make three big stops in the second half to ensure SAFC had a chance to get a point as Portland looked for an insurance goal to put the match away.
The defender continues to be one of the standout pieces for SAFC on defense along with Stephen McCarthy as of late despite allowing the two goals on Wednesday.
Hedrick finished the match with four tackles, five clearances, one interception and two blocks. He would help clear the ball from danger as Portland looked for the rebound off a Cardone save late in the match.
“We want intensity,” he said of the club’s next match. “We practice how we play and we will bring it every day in training to get ourselves back on a good track and get ready for next Wednesday’s match.”
San Antonio FC is now 9-7-7 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Wednesday when they close out their three-game road trip against Phoenix Rising FC (12-6-5, 41 points) at 9:30 p.m.