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San Antonio FC Falls 0-1 Against the Miami FC

July 22, 2023 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC fell to the Miami FC tonight 0-1, falling to 9-4-7 on the season with 34 points. The point total is still good for second-most in the USL Championship Western Conference, after Sacramento fell 0-3 tonight.

Miami struck in the seventh minute, giving the visitors an early lead. Just minutes later however, Miami captain Paco Craig was shown a second yellow to reduce Miami to 10 men for the final 80 minutes of the match.

The loss was San Antonio's first at home since April 2, 2022, breaking an unbeaten streak that included 24 USL Championship regular season matches, three playoff matches and three US Open Cup matches.

Next Up

San Antonio FC is back at home on Saturday against Hartford Athletic. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT, with tickets available at SanAntonioFC.com or the SAFC app. The match will also be broadcast locally on Bally Sports Southwest Extra, or nationally on ESPN+.

Postgame Notes:

San Antonio FC moves to 9-4-7 (34 points) on the season.

The loss breaks a home unbeaten run by SAFC that stretched back to April 2, 2022, and included 24 USL Championship regular season matches, three playoff matches and three US Open Cup matches.

Forward Ignacio Bailone earned his first eighth start of the season, and first since April 22.

Statistics

Full individual and team stats from the match can be found here.

Media assets

Game highlights, interviews and photos can be found here.

Attendance: 7,098

Quotes:

Head Coach Alen Marcina

(On the loss...)

"Incredibly disappointed- as we should be. Inexcusable performance tonight. Sure, some good things. Their keeper for sure man of the match, made some massive saves. Credit to them, they score an early goal that should never happen. A lot of individual errors tonight- a lot. Can't happen. At the same time I look at this as potentially, hopefully, some silver lining is you turn this into a positive. It's time to refocus. Were we doing great things? Yes, we were. Focus has to be from game to game, this game for whatever reason, I don't want to say wasn't present, but it wasn't at the level it needs to be. So we'll learn from this, we'll learn from this, we'll be better for this. This is humbling. Next game."

(On reflecting on the outcome...)

"I think for tonight you have to feel, you have to be disappointed. If you care, you're disappointed. It wasn't good enough from us. So it should hurt, should hurt. And tonight it will hurt. Come Monday, we will reflect- it still may hurt a little bit because we will be doing video and everything becomes objective. But come Tuesday, it's all focus on Hartford and knowing that we are a top team. And we are the team to beat, we're the defending champions. We're in second place right now, one point out of first place."

Defender Shannon Gomez

(On the performance...)

"I think it's probably one of our more weaker performances. I think by no means this is SAFC's way, by no means and you know obviously what's at stake. With 20-something games of being unbeaten here and to lose that one stinks. Stinks a lot. And to lose the way we loss, playing against a team that's playing with 10 men is just not, doesn't feel good. Feels like we let ourselves down, we let the club down, like we let our fans down. The best thing to do is reflect and see where we went wrong as a team and individuals and try to get back in the mix and give the best possible performance in the next game."

(On the team's performance...)

"Plain and simple, not to sugarcoat anything, we were second to everything. We needed some urgency, we needed some energy, and we needed to do that from the get go. And that didn't happen. That's something, we couldn't looks ourselves in the mirror and say 'did I give 110 percent on the field for my brother next to me.' And at the end of the day every game is like a final. Everybody wants to beat you, you're the defending champions everybody wants to come in, that's where they get to prove themselves. That's where they get to say 'hey we belong.' And you have to go out with a chip on your shoulder every single game. Every single game is an opportunity to showcase why this club is number one. And everything that could've gone wrong went wrong tonight."

Defender Mitchell Taintor

(On the loss...)

"It was incredibly disappointing, it was a great opportunity to capitalize, especially after the red card. I don't think we played well at all, but honestly gotta give credit to Miami they played really really well tonight. Their keeper was outstanding and had a couple really good game-changing saves. It was just one of those nights."

(On what contributed to the performance...)

"I think we're used to fast starts here at home, that's just kind of the way the game goes sometimes. It can't be your way every time. Of course, we would've loved to come out on the front foot and get a goal early, but it didn't happen like that. So we needed to find a way to rebound and unfortunately we couldn't do that tonight."


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