San Antonio FC played to a 1-1 draw against OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Sunday. The team earned a point on the road with a goal from Danny Garcia early in the first half. The match marked the first time the two clubs faced each other this season.
“Every point is precious in this league,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “I thought the guys fought very hard until the final whistle, showed good character and desire tonight against a very good team from Oklahoma City.”
The first goal of the match came in the 18th minute when an SAFC attack culminated with forward Shawn Chin finding Danny Garcia at the top of the box to slot the ball into the back of the net, giving the visitors the 1-0 lead. The goal was Garcia’s second for the club as Chin notched his first assist.
“The goal was from a really good team play,” said Garcia. “It was probably one of our best passing sequences of the season and I am glad I put it away.”
Nearly twenty minutes later, OKC leveled the score 1-1 after forward Danni König got behind the defense with a through-ball and found himself one-on-one with SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford. The goal was König’s first of the season.
SAFC had a great chance early in the match, when Manolo Sanchez’ shot found the side netting following a breakaway. OKC had a handful of chances as well, forcing saves from Josh Ford and defender Stephen McCarthy as the Texas native was forced to clear a shot off the line.
The second half of the match remained scoreless despite quality chances from both squads, with neither team able to find the winning goal by the final whistle.
San Antonio FC and OKC Energy FC will meet for the second consecutive time next week at Toyota Field on Saturday, May 21. SAFC will host Corinthians FC SA prior to their rematch with OKC, when they host the San Antonio club in the U.S. Open Cup on May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
SAFC 0-1: Danny Garcia ’18 (Shawn Chin assist)
OKC 1-1: Danny Konig ’37 (Coy Craft assist)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios, Stephen McCarthy, Sam McBride, Greg Cochrane; M: Sebastien Thuriere, Rafa Castillo (Bobby Moseley ’83), Carlos Alvarez, Danny Garcia (Miguel Salazar ’58); F: Manolo Sanchez, Shawn Chin (Jason Johnson ’68)
Substitutions Not Used: Victor Araujo, Matt Cardone, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Jacques Francois