A quarter through their inaugural season, San Antonio FC seems to be struggling while adjusting into their role as a San Antonio sports franchise.
After winning their season opener against the Seattle Sounders, SAFC has only been able to bring in one other win so far. With a total of nine points, SAFC sits in the 12th place on the table, yet the fans remain hopeful and supportive. SAFC sold out their first home game on April 9th and set a new attendance record for Toyota field.
While a good fan base is reassuring, San Antonio FC has had trouble following through with shot attempts and finishing games.
“I think when we’re in the box we need to have a more ‘kill’ mentality to score and more willingness to sacrifice,” said SAFC midfielder Michael Reed. “I think right now we just need to capitalize on our moments because we’re not going to get that all the time. When we do, we can’t take it for granted and we need to just put it in the back of the net.”
Additionally, San Antonio seems to have trouble completing passes. Their athleticism and ability is solid, but their unfamiliarity with one another affects their ability to follow through – but that is expected to get better as the season rolls on.
Most of San Antonio’s games have ended in draws and usually with their opponent scoring toward the end of the match. However, the x-factor for SAFC seems to be goalkeeper, Josh Ford. Ford’s huge saves kept SAFC from falling to Rio Grande Valley FC on May 25th.
“”This is football, and at this level the line is very fine, it’s so fine that these moments in a game can define a score, and sure enough they took advantage of that,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said.
As we begin the month of June, San Antonio FC must begin to gel as a team in order to start playing the full 90 minutes and finishing strong. Lucky for the club, there is plenty of season to play.