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By San Antonio FC Communications, 10/07/17, 10:15PM CDT


SAFC Has Now Welcomed 100,000 Fans to Toyota Field this Season

San Antonio FC (15-4-11) tied Tampa Bay Rowdies (13-7-11) 1-1 at Toyota Field on Saturday night in front of 7,043 fans. With tonight’s attendance, the club surpassed 100,000 fans in total USL attendance this season.

“There were a lot of good performances from our players tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “Yet again, this group showed their character to keep fighting, and as a coach that’s something to be proud of. They keep playing until the final whistle, and it was good to see Ever Guzman get his first goal for us.”

The Rowdies opened the scoring in the 69th minute when midfielder Walter Restrepo found Georgi Hristov at the top of the box following a corner. Hrivstov then buried a shot past goalkeeper Diego Restrepo for the 1-0 lead.

SAFC then found the equalizer in the final moments of the match when forward Ever Guzman finished a low cross from midfielder Billy Forbes from point-blank range. The goal marked Guzman’s first for the club in his seventh appearance for the Silver and Black. Guzman joined the club in August.

The assist also marked Forbes’ seventh of the season, tying midfielder Carlos Alvarez’s tally for the club’s all-time lead. The Turks and Caicos native has scored nine goals this season and is tied with midfielder Rafa Castillo for the all-time lead in goals scored as well.

San Antonio FC will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 11 as the club hosts Portland Timbers 2 at Toyota Field in the second of three matches at home in an eight-day span. The Alamo City club will then host RGV FC on Saturday, Oct. 14 in the final match of the USL regular season, presented by Augie’s Smoke House.

Scoring Summary:

Rowdies: 0-1, Georgi Hristov (Walter Restrepo assist) 59’

SAFC: 1-1, Ever Guzman (Billy Forbes assist) 89’

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka 50’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Omar Gordon 55’)

Rowdies: Yellow Card (Walter Restrepo 72’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Mark O’Ojong 84’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Ever Guzman 88’)

Attendance: 7,043

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Mark O’Ojong, Sebastien Ibeagha, Stephen McCarthy (Cyprian Hedrick 90’), Greg Cochrane; M: Ryan Roushandel, Pecka, Michael Reed (c) (Mike Seth 85’), Cesar Elizondo (Ever Guzman 77’) F: Billy Forbes, Omar Gordon

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Victor Araujo, Connor Presley, Maxi Rodriguez

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC tied the Rowdies 1-1, giving them 6-1-7 record at Toyota Field this season…SAFC is now 0-0-1 in interconference matches…marks the start of a three-game homestand to finish the regular season
  • SAFC came from behind to earn the draw, improving their record to 1-4-4 after allowing the first goal in a USL match…alternatively the club is 14-0-3 after scoring first in league matches in 2017
  • SAFC forward Ever Guzman scored his first goal of the club in the last two minutes of the match…marks the Mexican’s first goal since joining the club in August…Guzman was named the SWBC Man of the Match for his late-game heroics  
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Billy Forbes collected his team-leading seventh assist, which ties the all-time season-high for an SAFC player that was set by Carlos Alvarez in 2016…Forbes is now tied for the fifth-most assists in the USL this year
  • San Antonio FC welcomed 7,043 fans to Toyota Field this evening, officially surpassing the 100,000 (100,740) fan mark on the season…the club achieved that mark in 14 USL matches after welcoming 92,516 fans to Toyota Field over 15 matches last year