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SAN ANTONIO FC EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY, DEFEATING LA GALAXY II 3-0

By San Antonio FC Communications, 04/01/17, 10:30PM CDT

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San Antonio FC beat LA Galaxy II 3-0 at Toyota Field in the club’s first home match of the 2017 USL season. Goals from Rafa Castillo, Michael Reed, and Billy Forbes earned the Silver and Black three points at home in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,081 fans.

“I’m very proud of our guys for the way they worked from the first whistle,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “There was a lot of positive energy that the players showed. We got off to a good start and I thought today we scored three very good goals.”

SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo opened the scoring in the 12th minute when teammate Billy Forbes found him at the top of the box, from where he slotted the ball past LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Jon Kempin. The goal marked Castillo’s first this season after leading the club in goals scored (five) in 2016.

San Antonio FC captain Michael Reed added a second goal in the 29th minute after defender Ben Newnam sent a low cross into the box, which Cesar Elizondo dummied, leaving Reed open for a shot that deflected off a defender and into the net to earn the hosts the 2-0 lead.

The Alamo City club then widened the gap one last time in the 77th minute when midfielder Billy Forbes dribbled down the flank and in on goal, placing the ball past Kempin to cap off the 3-0 win. The goal marked Forbes’ second of the season since returning to San Antonio. The Turks and Caicos native tallied his first of the season against RGV FC last Sunday.

“Throughout the week I’ve wanted to score,” Forbes said. “To get out there and score gets a lot of emotion out of me. I’m back and it feels good to be back.”

SAFC recorded its second sold out match at Toyota Field in club history. The night’s 8,081 attendance marked the second-highest in franchise history after SAFC drew 8,466 fans for the club’s inaugural home opener in 2016.

The match also marks the club’s first win in a home opener and the second consecutive clean sheet for SAFC and goalkeeper Matt Cardone, bringing the keeper’s overall shutout tally to seven since joining the club in 2016.

San Antonio FC will return to action on Friday, April 7 when they host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Toyota Field at 8 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Rafa Castillo (Billy Forbes assist) 12’

SAFC: 2-0, Michael Reed (Ben Newnam assist) 29’

SAFC: 3-0, Billy Forbes (Cesar Elizondo assist 77’)

Disciplinary Summary:

LA Galaxy II: Yellow Card (Bradley Diallo 13’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Stephen McCarthy 18’)

LA Galaxy II: Red Card (Jaime Villarreal 86’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Cesar Elizondo 90')

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Ben Newnam, Sebasiten Ibeagha, Stephen McCarthy (Ryan Roushandel 74’), Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo, Michael Reed (c) (Maxi Rodriguez 79’), Pecka, Kris Tyrpak (Shawn Chin 63’), Billy Forbes; F: Cesar Elizondo

Substitutions Not Used: Diego Restrepo, Devin Vega, Aly Alberto Hassan, AJ Ajeakwa

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC won its second consecutive match, beating LA Galaxy II 3-0 in the club’s home opener…the win ties the club record for biggest victory, matching the 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders 2 on 4/3/16
  • SAFC midfielder Billy Forbes earned his second straight SWBC Man of the Match honor after scoring his second goal of the season and recording his first assist…Forbes led the club with six shots and three shots on goal while also creating two chances
  • SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone kept his second consecutive clean sheet of the season, and has not allowed a goal so far in the 2017 campaign (180 minutes)…Cardone was credited with five shutouts during the 2016 USL season
  • SAFC defender Ben Newnam recorded his first assist of the season to go along with two tackles, 27 passes and a 77.8% passing accuracy…Newnam leads the club with 15 total tackles on the season and recorded three USL assists in 2016
  • San Antonio midfielders Michael Reed and Rafa Castillo both scored their first goals of the 2017 season against LA Galaxy II…Reed’s goal marked his fourth of his SAFC career while Castillo scored his sixth in the Silver and Black…Castillo also led SAFC in passing accuracy (88.2%, min. 15 passes) in the match
  • San Antonio FC won 53.7% of duels in the match, winning 53.8% in the first half, and 53.5% in the second…defender Greg Cochrane won 83.3% of his duels to lead the Alamo City club on the night
  • A sold-out crowd of 8,081 fans attended the match between SAFC and LA Galaxy II, marking the second-highest attendance in club history, following the inaugural home match on 4/9/16 when the franchise drew 8,466 fans