San Antonio FC Narrowly Falls 0-1 to Phoenix Rising FC Despite Impressive Performance
PHOENIX - San Antonio FC (9-11-7) fell 0-1 to Phoenix Rising FC (20-2-5) at Casino Arizona Field on Saturday night. A late goal from Solomon Asante kept the Alamo City club from earning points on the road.
"Our team came in and played with the right commitment, focus and intensity throughout the game," SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. "There were a couple of moments that we'll continue to improve on, but overall I'm proud of our players and staff for everyone's efforts."
The lone goal of the match came in the 87th minute of the match after Asante buried a direct kick from the edge of the SAFC box.
The Alamo City club ended the night with 19 shots, five shots on target, and 22 chances created. On the defensive end, the team combined for 23 tackles, 16 clearances, and 13 interceptions, while goalkeeper Matthew Cardone tallied two saves on the night.
"I thought the performance was positive," said SAFC midfielder Jack Barmby. "It was a bounce back from last week. We were very disappointed with the result last week, so we had to turn it around quickly. Football is a weird game. We worked hard for 80-plus minutes tonight, the referee gives a wrong call in my opinion, and we lose the game."
San Antonio FC will return to USL Championship action at Toyota Field on Saturday, Sept. 14 as the club hosts OKC Energy FC at 7:30 p.m.
PHX: 1-0, Solomon Asante 87'
PHX: Yellow Card (Jose Aguinaga) 64'
PHX: Yellow Card (James Musa) 75'
SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka) 80'
SAFC: Yellow Card (Moises Hernandez) 83'
SAFC Yellow Card (Jack Barmby) 89'
PHX: Yellow Card (Amadou Dia) 90'
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Eby Ackon, Joshua Yaro; M: Moises Hernandez (Ever Guzman 89'), Pecka (c), Cristian Parano, Jack Barmby; F: Walter Restrepo, Frank Lopez, Brian Gomez
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Pascal Eboussi, Michael Lahoud, Rafa Castillo
San Antonio FC lost their second consecutive road match to Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday...SAFC held Phoenix to just one goal for the first time since they shutout Rising FC in both 2017 meetings
Despite the loss, San Antonio FC bested Phoenix in shots (19-13), shots on goal (5-4), corners (9-3), duels won (66-48)
Tonight's loss marks the first time since 6/1 at Sacramento that SAFC has lost back-to-back matches
SAFC failed to score a goal for the first match since 7/20 at Orange County SC when they tied the California side 0-0
San Antonio FC forward Frank Lopez led the attack despite not finding the goal, totaling five shots, three on target, and two key passes
San Antonio FC midfielder Jack Barmby created seven chances on the night, which were five more than any other player on the field...his 63 chances created this season rank sixth in the USL Championship
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