San Antonio FC (4-8-5) tied El Paso Locomotive FC (7-3-6) 0-0 at Toyota Field on Wednesday night. A strong defensive performance salvaged a point at home for the Alamo City club despite going down a man in the second half.
“I’m extremely proud and told my players thank you for giving every ounce of energy to the final whistle to earn the point,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We want to earn points every week and felt like tonight we had more points on the table for us, but unfortunately we played with 10 men and you can’t fault our guys for that. We’re proud of them for being resilient, tough, and creating chances against a very good El Paso team who are very well coached.”
SAFC saw their best chance of the match in the 17th minute after forward Bradford Jamieson IV was taken down in the visitors’ box. Midfielder Jack Barmby stepped up to take the penalty, but goalkeeper Logan Ketterer made the save to keep it level.
El Paso had a chance to take the lead a few minutes later, but forward Jerome Kiessewetter was denied by the woodwork.
SAFC midfielder Kai Greene earned SWBC Man of the Match honors after recording two tackles, five clearances, three interceptions, six possessions gained and a 93% passing accuracy throughout the night.
San Antonio FC will return to USL Championship play on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. as the club hosts Austin Bold FC in the third overall edition of the Central Texas Derby.
El Paso: Yellow Card (Drew Beckie) 16’
El Paso: Yellow Card (Logan Ketterer) 45’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Eby Ackon) 45’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Jack Barmby) 59’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Jack Barmby) 64’
SAFC Red Card (Jack Barmby 64’)
El Paso: Yellow Card (Derek Gebhard) 87’
El Paso: Yellow Card (Aaron Gomez) 90’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Eby Ackon, Joshua Yaro; M: Pecka (c) (Carson Price 81’), Jose Gallegos (Cristian Parano 58’), Jack Barmby, Ethan Bryant F: Ever Guzman (Pascal Eboussi 71’), Billy Forbes, Bradford Jamieson IV
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Michael Lahoud, Walter Restrepo