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It was a special and historic night for San Antonio FC. It was the third round of the US Open Cup Match between San Antonio FC and Austin FC. The mayor of San Antonio and several city officials attended the match. It was a regional rivalry and the back drop of MLS snubbing the city of San Antonio an MLS bid and Austin getting a team set the stage for this match.
San Antonio FC had controlled the pace of the much of the first half. SAFC had a couple of chances to score but the Austin FC defense played well, bending to SAFC’s pressure but not breaking. Austin FC was able to put some counterattacks together and have a few chance of their own but both clubs went into the locker rooms scoreless at the half.
The deadlock was broken less than 5 minutes into the second half as Austin FC’s Diego Fagundez scored from close range to put Austin FC on top 1-0. San Antonio FC kept the pressure, and it was felt in the stadium a goal from the locals was coming.
In the 82nd minute Justin Dhillon connected with Eillot Collier to even up the score and send Toyota Field into a frenzy. The goal kept the Open Cup upset dream alive late into the match. Regulation time expired and this Open Cup thriller would be decided in Extra Time.
It took five minutes of extra time, a cross from Mitch Taintor connected with Carter Manley who headed to the right post past the Austin FC keeper to give San Antonio FC the lead. The roar from the Toyota Field crowd almost blew the roof off the stadium.
San Antonio FC overcame the monumental odds to defeat Austin FC. With so much history and rivalry between the two cities, this win gave San Antonio FC fans redemption and closure over a hated club.
With the victory over Austin FC, San Antonio FC move on to the fourth round of the US Open Cup for the third time in club history and will face the Houston Dynamo at PNC stadium in Houston at a date and time to be determined.