San Antonio FC (21-4-5, 67 points) pulled within one point of clinching the top seed and Home Field Advantage in the Western Playoffs with a 1-0 win over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (16-3-12, 51 points) on Tuesday night at Toyota Field. PC was the hero. His Penalty Kick attempt in the 76' was saved by Colorado Keeper Christian Herrera, however he was able to jump on the rebound and tap it in for the only goal of the match. It was the second Goal of the season for the team Captain and his first since April. PC is now 0 for 2 on Peanlty Kicks this season. He also missed back in March against Detroit.
SAFC Keeper Jordan Farr set a new Club record with his 13th shutout of the season.
San Antonio FC will have a chance to earn the top seed with a win on Saturday against Sacramento Republic. It's now four straight games unbeaten for San Antonio FC, and they are unbeaten in seven of their last eight games, winning five of them. SAFC have gone 13 straight at home unbeaten, highlighting the importance of having home field in the playoffs.
Said SAFC Manager Alen Marcina after the match, “I felt that we controlled the game from start to finish and were definitely the aggressors with and without the ball. It made Colorado very uncomfortable and forced them to stay in their half. They then had to resort to long balls, so it made it very difficult, and we shut down their key players, which is essential in a game like this. And to get three points against one of the top attacking teams in the league, is a great day, and a well-deserved and earned three points.”
San Antonio FC Keeper Jordan Farr came up big in the final minutes of the game. In the 85' he made an acrobatic one on one save from a Cameron Lindley shot and then followed that up with a grab in heavy traffic off a Colorado free kick to help preserve the victory.
It was a fairly even match all around. Possession went to Colorado 54-46% while shots favored SAFC 13-11. San Antonio had eight Corners to Colorado's four, but Colorado had the bulk of the Clearances on the night, 27-12.
Noted Farr on his record breaking night, “This club is extremely important to me, and this city. So anytime you get to represent it, it’s a privilege. But the fact that we are setting records as a team, and again I always said this, that shutouts are a team stat, and my name just goes on it. So I’m super proud to hold that, but it’s only possible with the incredible group we have and I’m proud that we can do it for the city of San Antonio and hope to keep it going.”
Next up for San Antonio FC, it's another quick turnaround as the team wraps up their four game home stand. They will host Sacramento Republic at Toyota Field on Saturday night. SAFC lost to Sacramento 1-0 back in June, one of only five losses for San Antonio FC all season long. The match will kick off at 7:30pm.
Full match highlights from San Antonio FC vs Colorado Switchbacks are below.
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