USL Week 7 Recap

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Rio Grande Valley FC had the night off, so the only Texas USL Week 7 action took place in San Antonio.

San Antonio FC (SAFC)-4   Sacramento Republic-0    (Toyota Field, San Antonio)

SAFC:  Rafa Castillo-20 (Penalty)   SAC: NONE

Three Observations:

They Just Keep Winning

SAFC won their first-ever home meeting 1-0 against Sacramento Republic on Saturday night before a near capacity crowd at Toyota Field. Midfielder Rafa Castillo converted his third goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 64th minute after A.J. Ajeakwa was brought down in the area. Sacramento had a golden opportunity to level the score in the 85th minute. Veteran USL forward Sammy Ochoa gained inside position in the 6-yard box on an SAFC defender…..but was unable to do anything with the ball right at his feet.

History Seems To Be Happening Right In Front Of Our Eyes

According to the USL official website, San Antonio FC’s undefeated beginning to the season is carving out a rare place in USL history.  At 7-0-1 and with 22 points, SAFC’s start this year is comparable to that of Orlando City SC in both 2012 and 2014, the Richmond Kickers in 2013 and the Rochester Rhinos in 2015.

Shaking Off The Rust

Reserve SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has certainly found his form.  He came up big Saturday, making 4 saves-including a big early stop on Ochoa when the game was scoreless, and secured his second consecutive shutout. Restrepo was named Man of the Match by uslsoccer.com for his efforts.  In the post-game report on the SAFC website, he discussed his confidence.

“We’re a big unit here.  It’s not that hard to come in and adapt because they brought me in and told me to play my game, so I’m thankful to them because they’ve helped me get more comfortable.”

Here are the match highlights.

San Antonio FC will play the second game of a three game homestand when they face Seattle Sounders 2 next Saturday night.

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