San Antonio FC (5-5-8) kept their Copa Tejas hopes alive by defeating Austin Bold FC (7-5-6) in dominating fashion by a score of 3-0 at Toyota Field on Wednesday night in front of 7,514 fans. It was a virtual must-win match for San Antonio in the all-Texas competition as they avoided elimination with the win.
SAFC has two Copa Tejas matches remaining, including their next league game at El Paso on July 17th. Austin still leads the regional competition but SAFC closed the gap to three points with the win.
Of course, it didn't hurt to gain three much needed points in USL Championship play either, as San Antonio climbed to 13th place after the win. They also moved within 2 points of playoff position. It was a very big step in the right direction as the team kicked off the second half of their season.
One of the heroes of the night, Midfielder Billy Forbes, explained the win as he saw it. “Tonight the goals fell in our favor, and that was a big difference. Last time we played we had the same chances but couldn’t score them, and tonight they fell our way. Sometimes you play well and the goals don’t fall in your favor, but tonight was a complete performance from all the guys and I’d like to congratulate them.”
Bradford Jamieson IV got things rolling for San Antonio FC in the 8' when his shot in the Austin box took a wicked deflection off of Austin Defender Amobi Okugo for an own-goal and an early 1-0 SAFC lead - just the start the home team needed.
It would end up being the only goal of the first half but San Antonio should have had more. A sequence in the 38' saw Austin Keeper Diego Restrepo go to ground, leaving an exposed goal, but back to back SAFC shots by Parano and Forbes were blocked by the Austin defense to keep it a 1-0 game at the break.
In the second half, Billy Forbes had a second chance at an open Austin net in the 47' but for the second time he saw his shot get blocked by the Austin defense. Three minutes later, he would finally get his goal, his first since opening day 2019, way back on March 3rd.
Cristian Parano would make it 3-0 in the 70', his second goal in three games. And just like that, the rout was on. It was San Antonio's first win since June 8th, and only their second since April.
There was a big dust up involving several players from both teams in the dying seconds of the match. For a moment it looked like it might get out of hand, but Refree Daniel Gutierrez was able to maintain relative control and after a lengthy conversation with players from both sides decided to end the match without another kick.
Next up for San Antonio FC is an International Friendly against EFL Championship side Cardiff City on Saturday July 13th at Toyota Field.
SAFC: 1-0, Amobi Okugo (own goal) 8’
SAFC: 2-0, Billy Forbes (Bradford Jamieson IV assist) 50’
SAFC: 3-0, Cristian Parano (Billy Forbes assist) 70’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Ethan Bryant) 41’
ABFC: Yellow Card (Xavier Baez) 45’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Jose Gallegos) 64’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Eby Ackon) 67’
ABFC: Yellow Card (Sonny Guadarrama) 76’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Kai Greene) 90’
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