The Final Word: SAFC nixed in New Mexico

San Antonio FC finalized their three match road trip in the Mountain Division and it was a tough road trip to say the least. SAFC earned two points out a possible nine. Last match of the road trip was a rematch of last season’s playoff match.

San Antonio FC went into Albuquerque looking to break a three match draw streak, and gain ground in the Division. Unfortunately, for the Alamo City boys they return home empty handed on wins. It was all New Mexico United at Isotopes Parks on Wednesday night, as they dominated possession throughout. New Mexico held on to the ball for 71.2% possession. Although San Antonio was aggressive on offense during the little time they held the ball, they lacked any quality shots to trouble New Mexico Goalkeeper Alex Tambakis.

The scoring opened up in the 33rd minute, when Josh Suggs shot from the center of the box found the bottom left corner past a diving Cardone. In the 40th, Jose Gallegos made his attempt to make it even with a hard shot that Tambakis saved but had a hard time controlling.

Second half, New Mexico United made it two-nil on a golazo by Austin Yearwood. Yearwood juked right outside the left part of the box to creat space between two SAFC defenders and found the top right corner of the post.

SAFC had four attempts at goal in stoppage time but none found the back of the net, the closet was Epps shot of the crossbar. New Mexico took this one 2-0, leaving San Antonio sitting in fifth place, one point behind Austin Bold. Bold defeated RGVFC earlier in the evening.

From USL Championship

SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina

(On the match…)

“Games like this can only build resilience and help prepare us in the long run. It’s a marathon season, so we will learn. We will identify the areas we did well and where we need to improve. Our final actions on both ends of the field are areas we need to improve on, but we will get there. We will be better for it moving forward.”

(On the recent road stint…)

“There’s a lot of great opponents that we played. We competed and earned the points that we got. Now we go back to our house and fight to keep our home regular season unbeaten streak going.”

(On the quick turnaround…)

“We will reflect and discuss the areas we need to be better at and the areas we need to progress on. But tomorrow the focus shifts to RGV on Saturday and getting the three points for our fans.”

By the Numbers

San Antonio FC is dead last in passing percentage in the entire USL with a 66% passing accuracy.

Discipline troubles, SAFC leads the league in red cards with three, is tied in second in yellow cards with 22 along with Miami FC and Phoenix Rising and is second in fouls conceded with 138.

New Mexico United held 71.2% possession

Santiago Patino missed his second game of the three match suspension. Patino will likely return June 26 at Real Monarchs.

Up Next

San Antonio FC returns home to Toyota Field for part three of the 2021 edition of the South Texas Derby with RGVFC Toros. San Antonio FC sit currently in last place of the Copa Tejas with just one point in two matches.

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