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San Antonio FC Draws Las Vegas 1-1

May 11, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
San Antonio FC News Release

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio pushed its unbeaten streak at Toyota Field to 15 straight matches with a 1-1 draw against Las Vegas Lights FC Saturday.

The teams battled in a physical first half before Machop Chol put the home side up in the final minute before the break, taking a pass from Juan Agudelo and slotting the ball past the Lights' goalkeeper.

SAFC went down a man early in the second half with Jorge Hernandez earning two yellow cards in quick succession. Las Vegas capitalized on the advantage with an equalizer in the 59th minute to split points for the sides.

Next Up

San Antonio FC will have a bye week before traveling to face New Mexico United Saturday, May 25. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN+. This season is presented by Toyota.

Scoring Summary:

SA: Machop Chol (Assisted by Juan Agudelo) 45+2'

LV: Valentin Noel (Assisted by Coleman Gannon) 59'

Postgame Notes:

SAFC moves to 3-2-4 on the season with 14 points, sitting in 5th place in the Western Conference.

San Antonio is now 6-2-3 all-time against Las Vegas.

SAFC captain Mitchell Taintor and midfielder Luke Haakenson make their first appearances back from injury after missing Week 9 against Oakland.

Machop Chol's second goal of the season moves him into a five-way tie for most on the team.

SAFC goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made his first start in league play, making five saves on the night to preserve the draw.

Attendance: 7,218

SAFC Starting XI: Kendall McIntosh, Trova Boni, Mitchell Taintor (captain), Kendall Burks, Kevon Lambert, Shannon Gomez, Mohamed Omar, Jorge Hernandez, Machop Chol (Luke Haakenson 68'), Kameron Lacey (Bura 59'), Juan Agudelo (Jose Mulato 84')

Substitutions Not Used: Eduardo Fernandez, Izaiah Garza, Brandon Gongora, Gio Padilla

Disciplinary Summary:

LV: Yellow Card (Emrah Klimenta) 13'

SAFC: Yellow Card (Kendall Burks) 38'

LV: Yellow Card (Gennaro Nigro) 45'

SAFC: Yellow Card (Jorge Hernandez) 47'

SAFC: Second Yellow Card (Jorge Hernandez) 48'


Head Coach Alen Marcina

(On the draw...)

"We've been going through some adversity with such few bodies. It's three games in eight days with limited player availability, and then you know to go down a man and concede on an individual error, it's difficult, but the guys fought hard to preserve the point so it's something to continue to build on."

(On the upcoming off week...)

"Yeah, it's very necessary. Again, hopefully some guys can heal. You have to also keep into consideration the guys who had to play significant minutes over these past three games. If we had another game now they're at risk of injury, so it's a good time in terms of having a bye week."

Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh

(On the draw...)

"I think in so many ways it's really positive just because it was it was a tough game, and we went through a lot of adversity throughout the full 90 minutes. Going down the man and then being resilient for that second 45, I think is really impressive for the boys, and it shows not only that we can bounce back from a not ideal performance two days ago, I think that it just shows the character, the voice and it shows where we believe in ourselves and where we believe that we can be in the future."

(On being tested in the second half...)

"It was just one of those environments where it changes it changes the group. I think it galvanizes the group a little bit. Now we know a little bit more about ourselves. Now we know we can dig deep now we know. These are the moments where you say "Okay, that guy's got my back,' and I know that in adversity, in times of trial and tribulation, that guy's gonna have my back, and so being a part of that was special. I mean, obviously, we want three points, and I don't want to say that we're happy with ties at home, but I think again, given the circumstances, it was a good character-building game for us."

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