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SAN ANTONIO FC SCORES TWO GOALS IN FOUR MINUTES TO EARN COMEBACK VICTORY OVER PORTLAND

By San Antonio FC Communications, 06/02/18, 10:15PM CDT

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Late Dramatics from Omar Gordon and Alex Bruce Earn SAFC All Three Points

San Antonio FC (4-3-5) defeated Portland Timbers 2 (7-4-2) 2-1 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. Two goals in the last four minutes of the match earned SAFC three points at home in front of 7,244 fans.

“We want to thank the fans and our military for coming out in force tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “They really inspire the players to keep going until the end. That’s something we appreciate and talk about all the time. It’s something we believe in and it’s great to see the players earn their reward tonight.”

Portland opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a penalty kick after defender Darnell King conceded a foul inside the box. Forward Augustine Williams converted from the spot to earn the 1-0 lead.

SAFC then equalized in the 86th minute when midfielder Omar Gordon received a pass at the top of the visitors’ box from King. The Jamaican turned inside and slotted the ball into the net with a low left-footed shot to level the score 1-1.

The goal marked Gordon’s third in as many USL matches and fourth in as many matches in all competitions. The Jamaica native has now scored four goals in USL play for the club overall since joining in August 2017. The assist also marked King’s fourth of 2018. The defender currently leads SAFC in assists this season, and is the only defender in franchise history to record four assists in a single campaign.

Forward Alex Bruce then earned the win for the club in stoppage time after collecting the ball with his back to the goal, turning, and finessing the ball low into the bottom corner of the net past goalkeeper Alex Mangels for the 2-1 lead. The goal marked the 19-year-old’s second of the season, and his first since his home debut on May 5 against Fresno FC.

San Antonio FC will return to action in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 6 as the team hosts FC Dallas at Toyota Field, marking the first time the Alamo City club has hosted an MLS opponent.

Scoring Summary:

Timbers 2: 0-1, Augustine Williams (penalty) 51’

SAFC: 1-1, Omar Gordon (Darnell King assist) 86’

SAFC: 2-1, Alex Bruce 90’

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Darnell King 50’)

Timbers 2: Yellow Card (Andre Lewis 59’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Cesar Elizondo 62’)

Timbers 2: Yellow Card (Terrell Lowe 77’)

Attendance: 7,244

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Darnell King, Ryan Felix, Greg Cochrane; M: Mikey Lopez, Pecka, Ryan Roushandel (Connor Presley 84’), Jose Escalante; F: Omar Gordon, Alex Bruce, Cesar Elizondo (Sonny Guadarrama 65’)

Substitutions Not Used: Matthew Cardone, Mike Seth, Ethan Bryant, Chris Christian, Maxi Rodriguez

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned their fourth win of the season, defeating the Portland Timbers 2 2-1…SAFC has now recorded a 3-0-1 record against the Timbers 2 all-time…marks first win for SAFC since May 5 vs. Fresno FC
  • SAFC forward Alex Bruce scored his second goal of the USL season in stoppage time to earn the win…marked his first goal in four matches…Bruce also scored in in San Antonio’s last win on May 5 vs. Fresno
  • SAFC defender Darnell King recorded his team-leading fourth assist on the equalizing goal from Omar Gordon…King is currently tied for the third most assists in the USL and is the only defender in SAFC history to record at least four USL assists in a season
  • SAFC midfielder Omar Gordon scored his fourth goal in his last five matches, giving him a team-leading three in the USL regular season…the SWBC Man of the Match recorded three shots, two on target and was tied for a game-high of four chances created
  • San Antonio FC had seven players record a passing accuracy of 80.0 percent or higher and three players record a passing accuracy of at least 90.0 percent…defender Ryan Felix recorded a game-high 95.4 passing accuracy…midfielder Ryan Roushandel’s 95.3 passing accuracy marks the fifth time he has recorded a passing accuracy above 90 percent this season, and seventh time over 80 percent
  • San Antonio FC outshot Portland 14-4, out-possessed them 67.7-32.3 percent, out-passed them 489-243 passes (86.3%-74.1% accuracy), and recorded more corners (13-1)

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