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SAN ANTONIO FC UNBEATEN STREAK REACHES FIVE MATCHES AFTER DRAW VS. OKC ENERGY FC

By San Antonio FC Communications, 07/09/16, 10:30PM CDT

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San Antonio FC extended their unbeaten streak to five matches after drawing Oklahoma City Energy FC 0-0 at Toyota Field on Saturday. The match marked the third encounter between the two teams on the season.

“We’ll take that point,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It’s a game that could go either way. They had a game plan that was well constructed and well thought out, and made it difficult for us for most of the evening. But we’re unbeaten for five games now, so we’ll take that as a positive.”

The first half of the match remained scoreless after both teams went back and forth in possession, with neither side finding a chance dangerous enough to test the goalkeepers.

Two red cards were issued in the 69th minute after Energy FC midfielder Michael Thomas and SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford were involved in a scuffle following a corner kick from the visitors, leaving both teams with ten men. Substitute goalkeeper Matt Cardone played the rest of the match in goal for the hosts.

“Matt [Cardone] did well,” said Powell. “You never know when your moment comes, so you have to be ready for the moment. Matt was ready for his, and he did fine. It’s a tough situation for a goalkeeper to come into the game in the heat of the battle. He should take a lot of confidence from that performance.”

San Antonio came close to finding the winning goal twice in the second half, once through a Rafa Castillo free kick, and once through a header by Franck Tayou, whose attempt was denied by the crossbar.

SAFC forward Taylor Morgan made his debut for the club, recording one shot in 60 minutes of play. Taylor joined the club on June 22 from Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

San Antonio FC will play at home twice over the next two weeks. The team will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on July 16 and LA Galaxy II on July 23.

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Taylor Morgan ’21)

OKC FC: Yellow Card (Sebastian Dalgaard ’60)

SAFC: Red Card (Josh Ford ’69)

OKC FC: Red Card (Michael Thomas ’69)

Attendance: 5,855

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios, Stephen McCarthy (Sam McBride ’90), Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo, Michael Reed, Carlos Alvarez (Fejiro Okiomah ’83), Miguel Salazar (Sebastien Thuriere ’88); F: Jason Johnson (Matt Cardone ’72); Taylor Morgan (Franck Tayou ’60)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Max Gunderson, Danny Garcia

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC drew OKC Energy FC 0-0 on Saturday to run their unbeaten streak to five matches…the club has not lost a USL match since 6/4 vs. RGV FC…the club has now allowed one goal or less in 14 of 16 USL matches
  • SAFC were show their first red card of the season after goalkeeper Josh Ford was sent off, following a scuffle in the box…OKC Energy FC midfielder Michael Thomas was also shown a red card in the match
  • San Antonio FC held their third clean sheet of the season against Energy FC on 7/9…the Alamo City club also held their opponents scoreless on 4/3 at Seattle and 5/25 vs. RGV FC
  • SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone made his second USL appearance tonight, coming on for Jason Johnson in the second half following the two red cards
  • SAFC forward Taylor Morgan made his club debut against OKC Energy FC tonight, recording one shot and earning a yellow card…Morgan was acquired from Tulsa Roughnecks FC on 6/22