July 23, 2016
SAFC streak ends against Los Dos
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio FC’s six-match unbeaten streak was snapped as it fell, 3-2, to the LA Galaxy II before a 7,690 crowd at Toyota Field Saturday night. SAFC, which had not lost since June 4, has had two bigger crowds in its first season: April 9 against Swope Park Rangers (8,466) and April 30 against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC (7,837).
SAFC (6-6-6, 24 points) captain Rafa Castillo opened the scoring with a free kick from distance in the third minute. Two minutes later, the Galaxy (9-2-8, 35 points) tied the score as Jose Villarreal’s shot beat Matt Cardone.
“It was a strange game,” SAFC coach Darren Powell said. “It became very open, very quickly, which is something we really didn’t want. They have quality forwards, quality attacking play, and bottom line is there’s things within our defensive line that we should have done better.”
Galaxy forward Jack McBean tallied in the 20th minute off a counterattack. Midfielder Jaime Villarreal netted in the 35th minute after Josh Turnley feed.
In the 84th minute, defender Stephen McCarthy poked in a left-footer at the back post off a rebound of a Castillo free kick, saved by Clement Diop. McCarthy, who scored twice for the New England Revolution in MLS, has scored two goals this season.
SAFC, which outshot LA, 14-10, continued to threaten in the final minutes.
SAFC forward Cesar Elizondo made his first start, playing 82 minute. forward Manolo Sanchez returned as a second-half substitute after missing nine games due to injury.