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SAN ANTONIO FC FALL TO SWOPE PARK RANGERS 2-1

By San Antonio FC Communications, 07/30/16, 9:45PM CDT

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San Antonio FC fell 2-1 to Swope Park Rangers on Saturday at Swope Soccer Village. A goal by Michael Reed and a quality performance by goalkeeper Matt Cardone were not enough for the club to earn points on the road.

SAFC first-time captain Michael Reed opened the scoring in the 30th minute after capitalizing off a through-ball from teammate Danny Garcia. The goal was Reed’s third of the season, tying him for the club lead, along with Franck Tayou, Rafa Castillo, and Jason Johnson.

San Antonio goalkeeper Matt Cardone delivered a strong performance throughout the match. The Alamo City native recorded an impressive nine saves for the silver and black, surpassing the previous club record of six set by Josh Ford earlier this season.

The hosts found the equalizer in the 71st minute when Dane Kelly found the end of a cross and dinked the ball off the crossbar and into the goal. Forward Mark Anthony Gonzalez then scored the winning goal in the 84th minute to secure Swope Park Rangers’ three points at home.

San Antonio FC will return to action on Saturday, August 6 as they visit Sacramento Republic FC in the first and only encounter between the two clubs this season. The match will be the second of three consecutive away matches for SAFC.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 0-1, Michael Reed ’30 (Danny Garcia assist)

SPR: 1-1, Dane Kelly ’71 (Ayrton assist)

SPR: 2-1, Mark Anthony Gonzalez ’80

Disciplinary Summary:

SPR: Yellow Card (Ualefi ‘4)

SPR: Yellow Card (Ever Alvarado ’48)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Jason Johnson ’65)

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

Attendance: 1,448

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Milton Palacios, Sam McBride, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Danny Garcia (Franck Tayou ’63), Michael Reed (c) (Sebastien Thuriere ’45), Carlos Alvarez, Miguel Salazar (Manolo Sanchez ’86), Taylor Morgan (Jason Johnson ’57); F: Cesar Elizondo (Max Gunderson ’80)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Stephen McCarthy

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC lost for just the second time when scoring first in the match…the loss marks back-to-back losses for the club for the first time April and only the second time in club history
  • SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone made a club-record nine saves vs. Swope Park Rangers…marks Cardone’s highest save count of the season (four starts) and surpasses the previous club record of six, set by Josh Ford who reached that number twice
  • SAFC midfielder Michael Reed started and was named captain in the absence of Josh Ford (suspended) and Rafa Castillo (injury)…Reed scored his third goal of the season in the 30th minute before exiting the match at halftime due to injury…Reed’s three goals are tied for the club lead this season
  • San Antonio FC recorded a season-low two shots…SAFC did not record a shot in the second half and hit the target once in the match
  • SAFC midfielder Danny Garcia recorded his first assist of the season when his pass found Michael Reed for the game’s opening goal…Garcia has now tallied two goals and in assist in 15 USL appearances