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SAN ANTONIO FC EARNS POINT AFTER STRONG PERFORMANCE FROM GOALKEEPER JOSH FORD

By San Antonio FC Communications, 05/25/16, 10:15PM CDT

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Ford Takes Home SWBC Man of the Match

San Antonio FC tied 0-0 against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night at Toyota Field. The match was the second time the two clubs met this season in their inaugural seasons.

“The guys fought hard,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “I’ve said before that in this league you have to earn points, and tonight the guys dug out a point. At the end of the day, we earned a good clean sheet and good, solid performances from several players.”

The match remained scoreless despite both squads creating quality chances. San Antonio FC recorded their first home clean sheet of the season thanks to an impressive performance by goalkeeper and SWBC Man of the Match Josh Ford, who notched six saves on the night, tying his season-high and club record.

“The guys put in a lot of hard work today,” Ford said. “Things went our way on the defensive side, but unfortunately we weren’t able to find that turnaround to get the last goal at the end. I was happy to do my job and get the clean sheet with the guys in front of me.”

The first edition of the South Texas Derby saw RGV FC clinch three points in a 3-2 win with a late winning goal in stoppage time. The teams will face off against each other for the third time this season on Saturday, June 4 in Edinburg, TX as SAFC visit RGV FC for the first time in franchise history.

San Antonio FC will return to action in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 1 against the Des Moines Menace (PDL) in Iowa. The winner of the match will visit the Houston Dynamo (MLS) in the fourth round of the tournament.

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Miguel Salazar ’34)

RGV FC: Yellow Card (Kai Greene ’56)

RGV FC: Yellow Card (Charlie Ward ’64)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Greg Cochrane ’65)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Biko Bradnock-Brennan ’76)

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Sam McBride, Bobby Moseley; M: Rafa Castillo, Miguel Salazar (Greg Cochrane ’45), Carlos Alvarez (Victor Araujo ’45), Michael Reed; F: Jason Johnson (Danny Garcia ’72), Shawn Chin (Jacques Francois ’45)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Max Gunderson, Stephen McCarthy

Attendance: 4,650

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned a point after drawing 0-0 with Rio Grande Valley FC, bringing their points total to 10…marked the second clean sheet on the season for SAFC and the first since the opening game of the season on 4/3 at Seattle
  • SAFC captain and goalkeeper Josh Ford was named the SWBC Man of the Match after his performance…Ford tied his season-high, making six saves including four in the first half…with the clean sheet, Ford lowered his goals against average to 0.78 and now has 27 saves in nine appearances…Ford has yet to allow more than one goal in a single USL match this season
  • With the clean sheet, San Antonio FC has now allowed one goal or less in all but one match this season (5/7 vs. RGV FC)…SAFC have outscored their opponents 11-10 on the season
  • For the sixth time in 10 USL games, SAFC outshot their opponents, taking 14 chances compared to 13 for RGV FC…Rafa Castillo led the way for SAFC with four shots…Jason Johnson totaled two shots, both being on target
  • SAFC is now 0-1-1 against RGV FC on the season…the rivals will face off in the next USL match for San Antonio FC on June 4 in the valley