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By San Antonio FC Communications, 08/17/16, 10:30PM CDT


Club Faces Seattle Sounders 2 at Toyota Field on Saturday

San Antonio FC beat Arizona United SC 3-2 at Toyota Field on Wednesday. Goals from Carlos Alvarez, Franck Tayou, and Cesar Elizondo earned the Alamo City club its first win since July 16.

“Tonight it was about getting the result,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The players wanted to do everything it took to get that result. I thought the first 20 minutes we played some really good football, and I’d like to go back and watch that 20 minutes because that’s something we want to replicate week in and week out.”

SAFC midfielder Carlos Alvarez opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when he found the end of a through-ball from Sebastien Thuriere and slotted the ball past Arizona goalkeeper Carl Woszcynski for the 1-0 lead.

Forward Franck Tayou tallied the second goal of the night in the 43rd minute when he dribbled across the edge of the box and buried a shot into the back of the net. Arizona United then narrowed the gap just before halftime when Luke Rooney beat SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone from long range, leaving the score 2-1 at the break.

San Antonio FC forward Cesar Elizondo added another for the hosts in the 56th minute after a run of passing play between Tayou and Rafa Castillo found him at the top of the box, where he placed the ball back-post to earn the 3-1 lead. Arizona added another goal through a penalty kick in the 87th minute, but were unable to find an equalizer by the end of the night.

San Antonio goalkeeper Josh Ford suffered an injury during warmups and was a late scratch from the lineup. Shortly after, defender Stephen McCarthy had to be substituted out of the match in the 13th minute and taken to Methodist Stone Oak Hospital for further evaluation of an arm injury.

San Antonio FC will return to action on this Saturday, August 20 when they host Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Toyota Field.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Carlos Alvarez ‘32 (Sebastien Thuriere assist)

SAFC: 2-0, Franck Tayou ’43 (Cesar Elizondo assist)

AZ: 2-1, Luke Rooney ’45 (Chris Cortez assist)

SAFC: 3-1, Cesar Elizondo ’56

SAFC: 3-2, Luke Rooney (pen) ‘86

Disciplinary Summary:

AZ: Yellow Card (Adam West ’20)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Franck Tayou ’27)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Cesar Elizondo ’45)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Biko Bradnock-Brennan ’86)

Attendance: 4,326

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Max Gunderson, Stephen McCarthy (Sam McBride ’13), Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo (c), Sebastien Thuriere (Fejiro Okiomah ’87), Carlos Alvarez (Danny Garcia ’75), Miguel Salazar, Cesar Elizondo; F: Franck Tayou (Manolo Sanchez ’73)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Jason Johnson, Austin Dunker

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC won their first match since defeating Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at Toyota Field on 7/16…breaks a streak of four matches without a win for the club…the three points take SAFC from 14th to 12th in the USL Western Conference standings
  • SAFC forward Cesar Elizondo was named the SWBC Man of the Match after scoring his second goal of the season and recording his first assist…marks Elizondo’s second goal in three matches after scoring against Republic FC on 8/6
  • SAFC forward Franck Tayou scored his fourth goal of the season in the 3-2 home victory…Tayou’s four goals are now the club-lead in USL play (SAFC forward Jason Johnson has four goals in all competitions)…Tayou joined SAFC on 6/16 and has scored four goals in nine matches (267 minutes)
  • San Antonio FC are now 7-2-2 when scoring first in a match and 7-2-0 when scoring multiple goals in a game…SAFC are 4-0-0 when scoring three goals in a match, which they also accomplished on 4/3 at Seattle, 4/30 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC and 6/23 vs. Orange County Blues FC
  • SAFC midfielder Carlos Alvarez scored his second goal of the season and first since 4/13 at LA Galaxy II…Alvarez led the team in shots (4) for the sixth time this season and currently ranks second on the club to Rafa Castillo in shots over the course of the USL season (42)
  • SAFC collected their first win of the USL season when outshot by their opponents…SAFC is now 1-5-2 when taking less shots…SAFC recorded 14 total shots on the night and are now 7-4-6 when recording 10 or more shots in a match
  • After starting goalkeeper and SAFC captain Josh Ford was a late scratch due to an injury in warmups, goalkeeper Matt Cardone earned his fifth start (sixth appearance) of the season…Cardone made four saves and collected his second win this year
  • SAFC defender Stephen McCarthy exited the match in the first half due to an apparent arm injury…McCarthy was transported to Stone Oak Methodist Hospital for further evaluation