San Antonio FC (3-6-3) fell 1-3 to Rio Grande Valley FC (4-4-4) at H-E-B Park on Saturday night. A late goal from Ever Guzman was not enough to spark a comeback as the club fell short in the South Texas Derby.
“It was a tough game tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We got punished and that put us behind, but our players were pushing to get us back in the game. We scored late and were looking for more, but it never came. What’s important now is that we have a short turnaround and we have to prepare for Wednesday.”
RGV FC opened the scoring in the 30th minute after defender Robert Coronado found midfielder Jesus Enriquez inside the box, from where he finished for the lead. The hosts added another just six minutes later after forward Michael Salazar beat goalkeeper Matthew Cardone on a 1v1 following a through ball to make it 0-2.
The hosts added their third of the night in the 58th minute after Salazar finished off a breakaway. SAFC added a goal of their own in the 70th minute after defender Ebenezer Ackon found Guzman at the top of the box, from where the striker turned and beat goalkeeper Michael Nelson to make it 1-3.
The goal marked Guzman’s fourth in USL Championship play this season and fifth in all competitions, while the assist marked Ackon’s first for the club since joining prior to the start of the 2019 campaign.
SAFC will return to action on Wednesday, May 29 as they visit Austin Bold FC in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The club then will return to USL Championship play on Saturday, June 1 as they visit Sacramento Republic FC.
RGVFC: 1-0, Jesus Enriquez (Robert Coronado assist) 30’
RGVFC 2-0, Michael Salazar (Romilio Hernandez assist) 36’
RGVFC: 3-0, Michael Salazar (Maalique Foster assist) 58’
SAFC: 3-1, Ever Guzman (Eby Ackon assist) 70’
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Brad Dunwell) 74’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Joshua Yaro) 86’
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Nico Lemoine) 90’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Eby Ackon, Joshua Yaro, Lance Laing (Bradford Jamieson IV 59’); M: Michael Lahoud (c) (Jose Gallegos 78’), Cristian Parano, Jack Barmby; F: Ever Guzman, Billy Forbes (Walter Restrepo 59’), Brian Gomez
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Pascal Eboussi, Ethan Bryant