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San Antonio Defeats Miami FC 2-0 Behind Goals from Beckford, Taintor

May 14, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - San Antonio FC News Release

MIAMI - San Antonio FC topped Miami FC tonight 2-0 behind goals from Deshane Beckford and Mitchell Taintor. With the win, SAFC moves to 8-2-0 on the season with 24 points tied for first in the USL Championship Western Conference.

Beckford scored in the 42nd minute to give SAFC the lead at half, converting his first score of the season and first with San Antonio.

SAFC held Miami to just seven shots and only two on target on the way to a fifth clean sheet in the last six USL matches.

In stoppage time, Diedie Traore dribbled through traffic to draw a foul in the box. Taintor converted the penalty to make the final score 2-0.

The win wraps up a stretch of three-straight road matches for SAFC, with the team returning home to host Colorado Springs on May 21 at Toyota Field

Scoring Summary: SAFC: 1-0, Deshane Beckford (Assisted by Justin Dhillon) 42' SAFC: 2-0, Mitchell Taintor (Penalty) 90+5'

Disciplinary Summary: MIA: Yellow Card (Kyle Murphy) 36' SAFC: Yellow Card (Jasser Khmiri) 39' SAFC: Yellow Card (Deshane Beckford) 51' MIA: Yellow Card (Luca Antonelli) 61' SAFC: Yellow Card (Ates Diouf) 62' SAFC: Yellow Card (Mitchell Taintor) 68' SAFC: Yellow Card (PC) 77' MIA: Yellow Card (Benjamin Ofeimu) 61'

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Jordan Farr; D: Mitchell Taintor, Fabien Garcia, Jasser Khmiri, M: Connor Maloney; Shannon Gomez, PC (captain), Mohammed Abu, Deshane Beckford (Ates Diouf 55'); F: Justin Dhillon (Jordan Ayimbila 90+1'), Elliot Collier (Diedie Traore 80')

Substitutions not used: Matt Cardone, Henrik Sakshaug

Postgame Notes:

* SAFC moves to 8-2-0 on the season, tied with Colorado Springs for the most points in the USL Championship Western Conference with 24 points. * Midfielder Deshane Beckford scored his first goal of the season and first goal with SAFC, striking in the 42nd minute. * Beckford's goal came in his first start since April 9. * Jordan Farr kept his fifth clean sheet of the season, and fifth in the last six matches. * Mitchell Taintor scored his third goal of the season, a career high. * Taintor's goal came from the penalty spot after Diedie Traore drew a foul in the box, coming in Traore's first action since April 16. * SAFC moves to 10-0-0 on the season across all competitions when scoring.

Quotes: Head Coach Alen Marcina (On the win...) "It was an incredibly challenging road trip. Three games, eight days. With all that travel, to play an MLS opponent, just so proud of the mentality monsters. They continued to show up, and show up big, great mindset... we continue to display our identity which is impressive because it's very very demanding, being the aggressors with and without the ball and they got rewarded with the win tonight."

(On Deshane Beckford's performance...) "Incredibly proud of Deshane. He was going through some adversity and challenges. Continued to trust the process, earned the opportunity tonight and he made the most of his opportunity. I'm incredibly proud of him, and im also happy he got a goal - his first goal and hopefully the first of many for us."

Midfielder Deshane Beckford (On scoring in his first start since April...) "You know, it's football.I expected ... to start the season strong but unfortunately, you know it's a new team. I had to adapt, it took me a minute to understand the system. So I was always ready, I just think it was the right time for me to score."

(On wrapping up a long week...) "We're mentality monsters, good players and a good team ... We just adapt to the situation. We just came from two losses but you know, we just bounced back tonight and fought as a team to get three points and we're grateful for that."

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