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SAN ANTONIO FALLS 1-0 TO SWITCHBACKS FC IN COLORADO SPRINGS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 04/23/16, 5:15PM CDT

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San Antonio FC fell 1-0 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Switchbacks Stadium on Saturday after a goal from Martin Maybin gave the home team a win. SAFC players Miguel Salazar and Biko Bradnock-Brennan made their professional debuts during the match.

The goal came in the 59th minute when SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford was caught off guard by an awkward bounce that left Maybin alone against an open net. Despite quality chances throughout the half, the visitors were unable to find an equalizer.

The Switchbacks started off the match with an attacking mindset, testing San Antonio early on as they forced goalkeeper Josh Ford to make an important save. The home team capitalized on the resulting corner, but their goal was disallowed due to an offside call.

SAFC had a couple of dangerous attempts in the first half, the first of which came in the 25th minute when midfielder Carlos Alvarez found himself one-on-one against substitute goalkeeper Billy Thompson, but the keeper used his large frame to parry away the shot. Alvarez was denied again in the 44th minute after he tested Thompson with a volley from inside the box.

San Antonio FC players Miguel Salazar and Biko Bradnock-Brennan both made their professional debuts for the club. Salazar, a midfielder, formerly played for Elon University, and came on for Rafa Castillo in the 72nd minute. Bradnock-Brennan made his first appearance just moments later when the ex-UNC Charlotte defender came on for Stephen McCarthy.

SAFC will return to action at home on April 30 when they host Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Toyota Field after concluding a three-match road trip that also saw the team face LA Galaxy II and OC Blues along with the Switchbacks. The match will be the second time SAFC plays at home after a sold out home opener against Swope Park Rangers on April 9.

Scoring Summary:

COS: 0-1, Martin Maybin ‘59

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios, Stephen McCarthy (Biko Bradnock-Brennan ’85), Sam McBride, Bobby Moseley; M: Sebastien Thuriere (Manolo Sanchez ’72), Rafa Castillo (Miguel Salazar ’72), Carlos Alvarez; F: Greg Cochrane, Fejiro Okiomah (Victor Araujo ’39), Jason Johnson (Shawn Chin, ’72)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Max Gunderson

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC lost to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday afternoon 0-1…SAFC failed to score for the second consecutive match…SAFC has scored two goals in four matches after scoring three in their first ever game
  • SAFC defender Greg Cochrane committed his first foul of the season against Colorado…Cochrane has played every minute of the club’s first five games, despite committing just the one foul.
  • Sam McBride Josh Ford and Greg Cochrane played 90 minutes for SAFC against Colorado…marks the only players to play every minute of every game for the club so far this season…Stephen McCarthy came off in the 85th minute, ending his streak of every minute played this season
  • SAFC defender-forward Fejiro Okiomah made his first start for the club, playing up top…Okiomah had to take an early exit due to injury, being replaced in the 39th minute by Victor Araujo
  • Midfielder Miguel Salazar and defender Biko Bradnock-Brennan made their club and professional debuts for SAFC…Salazar entered the play in the 72nd minute for Rafa Castillo and Bradnock-Brennan came on for Stephen McCarthy in the 85th minute