San Antonio FC (6-5-7) beat Real Monarchs SLC (13-5-2) 4-2 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. Goals from Omar Gordon, Ever Guzman, Charlie Ward and an own goal earned SAFC three points at home against the Western Conference leaders.
“I’m proud of our players,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “They made sure they were always ready for the next play and that’s something they should take pride in. The game is going to have ups and down, but I’m really proud of the way our players responded to minor setbacks and didn’t allow them to become major setbacks.”
SAFC got off to a hot start when midfielder Omar Gordon forced an own goal from Michael Gallagher in the first minute of the match, marking the quickest goal in club history. The Monarchs then equalized in the 16th minute when midfielder Sebastien Velasquez beat goalkeeper Diego Restrepo near-post after dribbling into the box.
The Alamo City club then reclaimed the lead 11 minutes later after Gordon buried a shot from inside the box following a rebound. San Antonio FC forward Ever Guzman found the back of the net in the 56th after a breakaway and doubled the SAFC lead. Midfielder Mikey Lopez squared a pass into the box for Guzman, which the Mexican finished off with a clever spin to beat a defender and slot the ball into an open net.
The visitors made it a one-goal game again after Velasquez slotted past Diego Restrepo, marking their final goal of the match. SAFC capped off the night in the 68th minute when midfielder Charlie Ward buried a direct kick to make it 4-2.
The goal marked Ward’s first professional goal in his fifth appearance for the club, while Guzman’s marked the forward’s second of the season and seventh overall in all competitions since joining the club in late 2017.
The match marks the third time that SAFC has scored four goals in a single match. The club previously recorded the feat on April 15, 2017 vs. Reno 1868 FC and on April 28, 2017 at Portland Timbers FC 2.
SAFC will return to USL action on Wednesday, July 25 as they host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Toyota Field at 8 p.m. in the USL Game of the Week, which will be aired on ESPNU.
SAFC: 1-0, Michael Gallagher (own goal) 1’
SLC: 1-1, Sebastian Velasquez 16’
SAFC: 2-1, Omar Gordon 27’
SAFC: 3-1, Ever Guzman (Mikey Lopez assist) 56’
SLC: 3-2, Sebastien Velasquez (Kalen Ryden assist) 61’
SAFC: 4-2, Charlie Ward 68’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Darnell King 50’)
SLC: Yellow Card (Jack Blake 65’)
SLC: Yellow Card (James Moberg 67’)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Darnell King, Cyprian Hedrick, Stephen McCarthy (Ryan Felix 83’), Greg Cochrane (c); M: Mikey Lopez, Charlie Ward (Maxi Rodriguez 86’), Connor Presley, Ethan Bryant, Omar Gordon (Kyle Murphy 86’); F: Ever Guzman
Substitutions Not Used: Matthew Cardone, Ryan Roushandel, Cesar Elizondo, Alex Bruce