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SAN ANTONIO FC RECORDS SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY; SWEEPS SEASON-SERIES VS. SEATTLE

By San Antonio FC Communications, 08/20/16, 10:30PM CDT

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San Antonio FC earned a 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Toyota Field on Saturday. A goal from Rafa Castillo secured the club’s second consecutive win this week despite a minor weather delay.

“Overall, we got the clean sheet, which is something we pride ourselves on,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We were able to hold on to that tonight and preserve it, and it put us in a position to win the game. Fortunately, tonight we were able to hold on to the lead and win the match.”

SWBC Man of the Match Rafa Castillo scored the lone goal of the match in the 51st minute after Taylor Morgan played him in on goal with a through-ball. The captain then collected the ball and placed it high and left into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

The goal was Castillo’s fourth this season, tying forward Franck Tayou for the club lead. SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone recorded his second sheet for the Alamo City club. The San Antonio native has played 561 minutes in seven appearances so far this season.

The first half of the match remained scoreless after both teams battled for possession in the midfield. The match was then delayed for thirty minutes due to inclement weather immediately after the halftime whistle.

With the win, San Antonio FC moved into eighth place in the Western Conference standings, and are now in a playoff position after finding themselves in 14th place at the beginning of this week. SAFC will return to action on August 27 as they visit Saint Louis FC for the first time this year.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Rafa Castillo ’51 (Taylor Morgan assist)

Attendance: 6,417

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Max Gunderson, Sam McBride, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo (c), Sebastien Thuriere (Danny Garcia ’59), Carlos Alvarez (Manolo Sanchez ’65), Miguel Salazar, Cesar Elizondo (Taylor Morgan ’42); F: Franck Tayou (Jason Johnson ’88)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Diego Garcia, Fejiro Okiomah

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC recorded their second consecutive win, beating Seattle Sounders FC 2 1-0 on Saturday…marks the first back-to-back wins for the club since SAFC won three straight from 6/18 to 7/3…with the win, SAFC sweeps Seattle in the season-series winning both matches between the two sides this year
  • San Antonio FC kept their fifth clean sheet of the season and first since 7/16 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2…marked goalkeeper Matt Cardone’s second clean sheet on the season (also 7/16 vs. Whitecaps FC 2)…SAFC has conceded a goal or less in 18 of 23 USL matches this season
  • SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo scored his fourth goal of the USL season and was named the SWBC Man of the Match…Castillo’s four goals in league play are tied with Franck Tayou for the team lead…marked Castillo’s first goal since his free-kick strike on 7/23 vs. LA Galaxy II
  • San Antonio FC are now 8-2-2 when scoring first in a match and are 7-2-5 when outshooting their opponents…SAFC recorded 11 total shots on the night and are now 8-4-6 when recording 10 or more shots in a match…alternatively the club is 2-0-4 when holding their opponents to less than 10 shots in a game
  • SAFC forward Taylor Morgan came on as a second half substitute for the injured Cesar Elizondo and recorded his first assist of the season…Morgan has recorded one goal in USL play this season while with Tulsa Roughnecks FC
  • For only the second time this season, both San Antonio FC and their opponents received no cautions in the match (also 5/15 at OKC Energy FC)…marks San Antonio’s third match of the season will no yellow or red cards (also 4/30 vs. Tulsa; 6/18 vs. Colorado Springs)
  • San Antonio FC sat in 14th place in the USL Western Conference standings as of Monday 8/15…after two straight wins this week SAFC now sits in eighth place, situating them in a playoff position after jumping six spots in the table