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SAN ANTONIO FC DEFEATS OC BLUES FC 3-2 IN THRILLING FASHION

By San Antonio FC Communications, 06/23/16, 10:15PM CDT

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Club Earns Back-to-Back Victories for First Time in Franchise History

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.

Scoring Summary:

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)

Disciplinary Summary:

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)

Attendance: 4,593

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

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned back-to-back wins for the first time in club history, beating OC Blues FC in comeback fashion 3-2…marks the third time this season SAFC has scored three goals (also 4/3 at SEA, 4/30 vs. TUL)…the match also marks only the second time all season the club has allowed more than one goal in a single USL match
  • A week after recording his first assist of the season, SAFC midfielder Michael Reed recorded his first goal in the first half of tonight’s win…Reed scored one goal in 29 appearances with the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) last season
  • SAFC defender Milton Palacios scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute…marks his second goal on the season (also 6/11 at POR)…Palacios’ two goals are the most for a San Antonio FC defender in 2016
  • SAFC forward Jacques Francois started and played 90 minutes while recording his first two assists of the USL season for the club…Francois previously recorded an assist and three goals in U.S. Open Cup play this season
  • SAFC midfielder Carlos Alvarez recorded his team-leading fourth assist in USL play in the game…Alvarez recorded four assists last season with the Charlotte Independence (USL) while on loan from the Colorado Rapids (MLS)
  • Recently signed forward Franck Tayou entered the match in the 72nd minute and scored his first goal for the club…was the striker’s second appearance since signing on June 16…the goal marked Tayou’s first professional outdoor score…Tayou scored 47 goals in 20 games while playing in the Major Arena Soccer League last season
  • San Antonio FC has recorded all of their wins (4-0-1) when scoring first in a match…the club is also 4-1-0 when scoring more than one goal in a game…the game marked the first comeback win for the club in USL play
  • SAFC forward Taylor Morgan, who signed with the club on June 22, was named to the 18-man squad for the match, but was an unused substitute