SAFC Second Win of Road Trip

Seattle Sounders 2 (S2)-2  San Antonio FC (SAFC)-3   

SEA:  Sam Rogers-55 (Brian Nana-Sinkham), Zach Mathers-75 (penalty) SA:  A.J. Ajeakwa-13 (Ben Newnam), Billy Forbes-24, Devin Vega-69 (Pecka)

Efficiency

Seattle owned just about every statistic last night, except the one that mattered….shooting accuracy.  SAFC had only 5 shots on target, but scored three goals. That efficiency in front of goal, combined with 19 defensive clearances, was enough to win the second game of the three game Cascadia trip against S2.

Matt Cardone’s absence caused some nervous moments 

Early on in the game it was apparent that SAFC backup goalie Diego Restrepo was a little rusty.  There were numerous unforced errors that easily could have resulted in going down in the first 10 minutes.

Devin Vega

With the possible exception of Billy Forbes, no SAFC player has the raw talent and creates as much excitement as Devin Vega.  Vega was substituted on at half time for Forbes, and scored a second-half goal that demonstrated clearly why there is so much enthusiasm about his potential.  I imagine his stay in San Antonio could be short as MLS clubs will likely be calling soon.  Check out the goal below.

Seattle Sounders Academy well represented

USL teams are allowed to add up to five of their Academy players to their roster. These five Academy players do not count against the thirty allowed on USL Master Rosters and are able to participate in all competitions, while retaining amateur status. Last night S2 played two of their best Academy players.  Defender Sam Rogers, who is a member of the Sounders U-18 team, started and played the full 90.  A highly rated member of the U-16 side, Azriel Gonzalez, also made his USL debut as a substitute in the 72nd minute.  Unfortunately, Gonzalez’s big night was spoiled when his clumsy two-footed tackle on SAFC’s Zachary Herivaux led to a straight red card.
 
San Antonio finishes up it’s Pacific Northwest road trip Friday night in Portland against Portland Timbers 2.

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