San Antonio FC beat Orange County Blues FC 3-2 on Thursday at Toyota Field. The team recorded their second consecutive win after coming from behind thanks to goals from Michael Reed, Franck Tayou, and Milton Palacios.
“It was a rollercoaster of a match,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The guys can be proud of themselves tonight. They showed great character and scored good goals. Those are a good three points against a very good team.”
San Antonio FC opened the scoring in the 17th minute when forward Jacques Francois fed midfielder Michael Reed with a through-ball, who then slotted the ball past goalkeeper Brandon Miller.
OC Blues found the equalizer just minutes before halftime with a shot from outside the box by Roy Meeus. The visitors added a second in the 50th minute when Didier Crettenand recovered the ball in the midfield and scored from long range thanks to a deflection.
SAFC leveled the score yet again in the 73rd minute when substitute forward Franck Tayou found a point-blank tap-in following a square pass inside the box from Francois, earning his first goal for the club. The hosts then earned the winning goal when defender Milton Palacios made a run down the flank and slotted the ball into the net in the 80th minute after he was found by a Carlos Alvarez pass.
Francois’ performance earned him SWBC Man of the Match honors after recording two assists on the night. The forward previously scored three goals and recorded one assist during the team’s U.S. Open Cup run.
“We did great today,” Francois said. “We knew what we had to do. We worked hard and pushed forward. The back-to-back wins are big for the team and the fans; it felt great.”
With the victory on Thursday, San Antonio have now earned their first back-to-back wins in franchise history. San Antonio FC will return to action on Sunday, July 3 as they travel to Oklahoma to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC for the second time this season.
SAFC: 1-0, Michael Reed ’17 (Jacques Francois assist)
OC Blues: 1-1, Roy Meeus ’41 (Didier Crettenand assist)
OC Blues: 1-2, Didier Crettenand ‘50
SAFC: 2-2, Franck Tayou ’74 (Jacques Francois assist)
SAFC: 3-2, Milton Palacios ’80 (Carlos Alvarez assist)
OC Blues: Yellow Card (Ryan Felix ’36)
OC Blues: Yellow Card (Grady Howe ’45)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Danny Garcia ’83)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Josh Ford ’90)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios, Stephen McCarthy, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo (Franck Tayou ’72), Michael Reed, Carlos Alvarez (Sebastien Thuriere ’86), Miguel Salazar, Fejiro Okiomah (Danny Garcia ’45); F: Jacques Francois
Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Jason Johnson, Taylor Morgan, Sam McBride