San Antonio FC (10-8-11) and Los Angeles Galaxy II (10-10-9) played to a 1-1 draw on Friday night in southern California. San Antonio will gladly take the point as they played down a man for most of the second half thanks to a Pecka red card. SAFC has only earned road points five times in fourteen away matches so far this season. Currently, they are on the outside looking in as far as playoff standings go. They sit in 11th place with five games remaining; one spot out of playoff qualification.
Jorge Hernandez got things going for Galaxy II inside the first ten minutes of the game when he hit a beautiful shot from outside the San Antonio box. He wasn't pressured and had tons of space and he beat SAFC Keeper Matt Cardone into the top corner with his left footed shot.
San Antonio FC responded just two minutes later when Frank Lopez got behind the Galaxy II defense. He was played free by Rafa Castillo on a nifty header into the box and Lopez evened the score as he beat LA's Keeper Eric Lopez. Frank Lopez was a mid-season acquisition from LA Galaxy II on loan and he has been a huge star for SAFC. It was his 7th goal in the black and silver uniform, and his 13th overall on the season.
This match had a bit of everything, including a blackout. In the 23' the stadium lights went out causing a twenty minute delay in the action in the opening half. It was unfortunate for SAFC b/c Frank Lopez was on a nice run and looked to have some scoring options when the power went out, but we'll never now how it may have turned out.
Frank Lopez had his next big chance in the 34' when Eric Lopez left his goal exposed to make a challenge on the ball. Frank Lopez won the ball and had an empty net in his sights but Galaxy Defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce was able to hustle back and clear the line of the danger.
In the second half San Antonio FC Captain Pecka picked up two yellow cards in a span of three minutes and was red carded, forcing SAFC to play the final 35 minutes of the match with only ten men.
Despite being down to ten men, SAFC continued to dominate possession throughout the match and had the better chances to try and earn the win, but neither team could find the match winner despite Los Angeles having a strong push in the final minutes.
It's a quick turn for San Antonio FC this week as they will travel to face Tulsa on Wednesday night followed by a home match next Saturday night September 28th against Fresno.
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