San Antonio FC (4-8-4) fell to Fresno FC (6-2-7) at Chukchansi Park on Friday night. Goals from forward Bradford Jamieson IV and midfielder Cristian Parano along with a standout performance from goalkeeper Matthew Cardone were not enough to salvage points on the road for the Alamo City club.
“The result is really disappointing for everybody in our locker room,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The guys were committed and worked extremely hard until the final whistle. It’s always difficult to come away from home into a hostile environment, which presents challenges that are there for all to see. We came into the locker room knowing we had to do better, but at certain moments of the game things become unpredictable. Now we need to make sure we refocus and get ready for Wednesday night.”
Fresno opened the scoring early in the second half when midfielder Jemal Johnson buried a shot past Cardone from long distance to give the hosts the lead. SAFC answered just two minutes later after midfielder Jose Gallegos found Jamieson IV near the top of the box, from where the striker dribbled out of pressure and placed a shot near-post for the equalizer. The goal marked Jamieson IV’s fourth of the season, while the assist marked Gallegos’ first for the club.
The Foxes added their second of the night after a foul was called inside the SAFC box, after which Johnson converted from the penalty spot to give the hosts the 1-2 lead. Just six minutes later, Fresno widened the gap again with a goal from forward Jaime Chavez.
The Alamo City club pulled one back yet again in the 78th minute as midfielder Billy Forbes found Parano at the top of the box, from where the 19-year-old turned and placed a shot low into the net to score his first goal for San Antonio and bring the score to 2-3.
SAFC goalkeeper Matthew Cardone recorded five saves and five claims on the night, increasing his saves tally in USL Championship play to an impressive 46 – which ranks third in the league -- while also recording at least five saves in a single match for the fifth time this season.
San Antonio FC will return to action on Wednesday, June 26 as the club hosts in-state rivals El Paso Locomotive FC at Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN News in their third Copa Tejas match of the season.
FFC: 1-0, Jemal Johnson (Jaime Chavez assist) 56’
SAFC: 1-1, Bradford Jamieson IV (Jose Gallegos assist) 58’
FFC: 2-1, Jemal Johnson (penalty) 64’
FFC: 3-1, Jaime Chavez (Qudus Lawal assist) 70’
SAFC: 3-2, Cristian Parano (Billy Forbes assist) 78’
FFC: Yellow Card (Sam Strong) 12’
FFC: Yellow Card (Jemal Johnson) 20’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Bradford Jamieson IV) 67’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Jack Barmby) 90’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Joshua Yaro, Eby Ackon; M: Michael Lahoud, Ethan Bryant (Ever Guzman 65’), Pecka (c) (Cristian Parano 77’), Jack Barmby; F: Brian Gomez (Billy Forbes 29’), Bradford Jamieson IV, Jose Gallegos
Substitutions Not Used: Joey Bautroni, Johnny Fenwick, Pascal Eboussi, Carson Price