Shannon Gomez Scores In 95th Minute to Level Match
SAN ANTONIO (July 30, 2022) – San Antonio FC drew LA Galaxy II tonight 1-1 behind a shorthanded goal from Shannon Gomez in stoppage time. The draw moves SAFC to 16-3-2 on the season, still atop the USL Championship with 50 points.
SAFC forward Santiago Patiño was sent off with a red card in the 62nd minute, and San Antonio played with 10 men for the rest of the competition.
LA pulled ahead late, scoring in the 87th minute off of a free kick against the run of play.
In stoppage time, a long ball found Fabien Garcia’s head, before Gomez took it off the redirect and put it in the back of the net to tie the match at one goal apiece and earn San Antonio a point.
SAFC is back on the road next week, heading to California to take on San Diego Loyal SC. Saturday’s kickoff from Torero Stadium is set for 9:00 p.m. CT, and can be seen on ESPN+.
LA: 1-0, Joshua Drack 87’
SAFC: 1-1, Shannon Gomez (Assisted by Fabien Garcia) 90+5’
LA: Yellow Card (Dante Campbell) 18’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Mitchell Taintor) 37’
LA: Yellow Card (Yoann Damet) 56’
LA: Yellow Card (Carlos Harvey) 59’
LA: Yellow Card (Adam Saldana) 65’
SAFC: Red Card (Santiago Patiño) 62’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Shannon Gomez) 64’
SAFC: Yellow Card (PC) 77’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Justin Dhillon) 88’
LA: Yellow Card (Preston Judd) 90+2’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Jordan Farr; D: Mitchell Taintor, Fabien Garcia, Carter Manley, Saad Abdul-Salaam (Shannon Gomez 45’), Connor Maloney; M: PC (captain), Jordy Delem (Mohammed Abu 45’); F: Samuel Adeniran (Ignacio Bailone 70’), Santiago Patiño, Justin Dhillon
Substitutions not used: Jude Bosshardt, Jordan Ayimbila, Nicky Hernandez, Jasser Khmiri
- SAFC moves to 16-3-2 on the season with 50 points, leading the USL Championship.
- Shannon Gomez’s goal in stoppage time was his first of the season and first with SAFC.
- Fabien Garcia’s assist on Gomez’s goal was his second of the season.
- San Antonio finishes the month of July undefeated at 4-0-1 with a +9 goal differential.
- With the draw, SAFC is now on a season-best nine-match unbeaten streak at 7-0-2 in the stretch.
- SAFC remains 16-0-2 on the season when scoring.
Head Coach Alen Marcina
(On the team’s resilience…)
“What I had mentioned to the players postgame, in the locker room, was we look
at it as a collective. We look at it as three games in eight days, two road games … we’re never going to make excuses … In the first half, we had the game under control and the final action was a bit lacking. But its soccer. And then given all the adversity, going down [a man] on the red card, but what I’m most proud of is they demonstrated why we call them the mentality monsters. These guys never stopped fighting. Going a man down, continuing to press, I thought we were the better team a man down. Created opportunities, unfortunate not to get the winner … all in all, very very proud of the collective. The players, the staff. First team to 50 points, and seven points of nine in three games in eight days.”
Defender Shannon Gomez
(On the late goal…)
“These are moments where, the game’s winding down, you’re not sure if the game’s going to be over. If this is going to be the last kick, so throw everything forward you know. And we preach being mentality monsters, and putting your head and your body where nobody else wants to. And that was one of those moments of ‘if this ball bounces free, I need to get to the ball before the goalkeeper.’ That was the quick thinking, run in the box and try to equalize. We can’t lose at home, so that’s just one of the mindsets you have to have and I think every player on our team has adopted that.”
(On the club’s resiliency…)
“I’m glad you used that word because that’s one of our key words. It’s stuck in everybody’s locker. Resilience. And it’s one of those things where regardless of any part of the game we fight for every action. We got an opportunity to win the game, not from anything spectacular but just doing the simple things well, and trying to create an opportunity even if it’s five seconds left … I think it just speaks to our identity as a team.”