Despite a strong performance, San Antonio FC fell to FC Dallas 1-2 in the club’s final preseason match on Sunday. A second half goal from forward Aly Alberto Hassan fell short after FC Dallas tallied two early goals in the first half.
“First and foremost we would like to thank FC Dallas for hosting us today,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “Today was a good competitive game for us to conclude our preseason. The players showed some good character and resilience after going down early. We learned a lot and now we get ready for the regular season, which starts next weekend.”
FC Dallas started the game well and capitalized on their first opportunity, scoring in the eighth minute before doubling their lead just 20 minutes later. SAFC created a number of first half opportunities as well with midfielder Rafa Castillo hitting the post with a free-kick before narrowly missing a one-on-one with the Dallas keeper minutes later.
San Antonio cut the lead in half in the 65th minute when substitute Hassan was able to get on the end of a low cross from midfielder Billy Forbes after the latter found space following some impressive wing play. The goal marked the first for Hassan since joining the team this preseason.
Despite pressing and creating a number of good chances in the closing minutes, SAFC fell just short of an equalizer. With the final whistle, the club concluded its preseason as it prepares to open its USL campaign next Sunday against RGV FC Toros in Edinburg, TX.
Following their league opener, SAFC will return home to play their first match of the season at Toyota Field against LA Galaxy II on April 1.