San Antonio FC narrowly fell 2-3 to LA Galaxy II at Toyota Field on Saturday night. The club recorded its third-largest attendance in franchise history, with 7,690 fans present at the game.
The match got off to an intense start when SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo opened the scoring in the third minute with a direct kick from distance, giving the hosts an early 1-0 lead. The visitors leveled the score just two minutes later when Jose Villarreal beat goalkeeper Matt Cardone to equalize.
“It was a strange game,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It became very open, very quickly, which is something we really didn’t want. They have quality forwards, quality attacking play, and bottom line is there’s things within our defensive line that we should have done better.”
LA Galaxy II forward Jack McBean tallied the second for his team in the 20th minute after capitalizing off a counter-attack near midfield. Midfielder Jaime Villarreal netted the third goal for the visitors in the 35th minute after teammate Josh Turnley found him across the box for a tap-in.
San Antonio FC narrowed the gap in the second half when a set piece by Rafa Castillo was deflected by Galaxy II goalkeeper Clement Diop and found the feet of Stephen McCarthy, who slotted the ball in near-post.
The hosts created a handful of chances in the final ten minutes of the match, but were unable to find the back of the net for a third time despite outshooting their opponents (14 to 10) and recording one more shot on target (five to four).
San Antonio FC will return to action on the road next week as they visit Swope Park Rangers in the first of three consecutive away matches.
SAFC: 1-0, Rafa Castillo ‘3
LA: 1-1, Jose Villarreal ‘5 (Jaime Villarreal assist)
LA: 1-2, Jack McBean ‘19
LA: 1-3, Jamie Villarreal ’35 (Josh Turnley assist)
SAFC: 2-3, Stephen McCarthy ‘84
LA: Yellow Card (Denzel Slager ’20)
LA: Yellow Card (Jose Villarreal ‘38)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Milton Palacios ’54)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Rafa Castillo ’71)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Stephen McCarthy ’89)
LA: Yellow Card (Jack McBean ’89)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Michael Reed ’90)
LA: Yellow Card (Adonis Amaya ’90)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Danny Garcia ’90)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Milton Palacios, Stephen McCarthy (Manolo Sanchez ’89), Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo (c), Michael Reed, Carlos Alvarez (Franck Tayou ’74), Sebastien Thuriere (Miguel Salazar ’74), Jason Johnson (Taylor Morgan ’56); F: Cesar Elizondo (Danny Garcia ’82)
Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Sam McBride, Manolo Sanchez