San Antonio FC came into Phoenix looking for a win after being dealt a 5-1 loss to Tacoma and the release of Billy Forbes. Some fans and supporters have been vocal on social media in their displeasure of SAFC in the past week. With eight matches left, five of which are on the road, SAFC needs every point they can muster to earn a spot in the playoffs.
Phoenix Rising FC came into the match on a 17 game winning streak, a historic run in the USL. Everything seems to being going the Rising’s way. Phoenix last loss was to Orange County back on May 4th.
SAFC played a much better match compared to last week, showed aggression all match long. Frank Lopez made some incredible runs and had a couple shots on goal that could of gone in, Lubin made some fantastic stops. Barmby had a chance to give SAFC the lead when he shot a laser that bounced off the post. Moments later Brian took a crack at goal only to be stuffed by Lubin with a diving save.
The game winner came late in the match when Solomon Asante scored on a free kick scorcher that found the top right corner past a diving Cardone. It was goal of the week worthy goal, despite Cardone and the wall doing well to block the attempt, the ball found the one small spot that no keeper could of reached.
SAFC played well overall, had several chances and this one could of easily gone SAFC’s way. With the loss SAFC now finds itself in 12th place two points behind El Paso Locomotive which is sitting in the last playoff spot.
SAFC is at home next week versus OKC Energy, the Energy are unbeaten in their last three. OKC and SAFC are separated by only three points, OKC sits in 8th. Last time the two teams met it was a 1-1 draw. History says it’ll likely be another draw. The USL West playoff race is still tight, with 6th through 13th only 5 points apart.