USL Week 10 Preview

San Antonio is the only Texas USL team in action this weekend.  Rio Grande Valley FC is on one of its very strange early season breaks, which seem to come every other week. The Toros are now off until next Saturday when they begin a two game road trip at Sacramento Republic.

Swope Park Rangers vs. San Antonio FC (SAFC)

Children’s Mercy Victory Field, Kansas City, MO-7:30 p.m. CDT,  Friday, May 26, 2017

Record and Standings:

Swope Park Rangers:  4-3-0-12 points (Tied for Seventh in Western Conference)  Home: 4-0-0

San Antonio FC:  8-0-2-26 points (First in Western Conference)  Away:  4-0-0

  • SAFC travels to Kansas City for the first of back-to-back meetings with Swope Park Rangers.  The return fixture comes a week from tomorrow in San Antonio.  Two streaks are in play tonight….Swope has won nine consecutive home games and SAFC remains the only undefeated team in USL.
  • Swope Park, who are the USL team of MLS side Sporting Kansas City, will be missing highly regarded on loan center-back Eric Palmer-Brown, who is currently in South Korea with the U.S. U-20 team playing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  They also will play tonight without Mark Anthony Gonzalez, the team’s 2016 Offensive Player of the Year, who is injured.  The Rangers, who were on a bye last week, lost their last game in the Valley to RGV FC 1-0….the first time they had been held scoreless all year. Kharlton Belmar, the 2015 USL Rookie of the Year who joined Swope this season, leads the team with 4 goals.
  • SAFC won two of three in their just concluded home stand, shutting out their opponents in all three matches.  Reserve goalkeeper Diego Restrepo is working on a streak of four consecutive shutouts.  AJ Ajeakwa’s game winner against Phoenix last Saturday was selected as the USL’s Fan Choice Goal of the Week, the second time an SAFC player has been selected for this honor (the other was Devin Vega in week 6). It was also announced this week that left-back Greg Cochrane was named to the USL Week 9 Team of the Week.  Tonight’s game marks the return of SAFC midfielder Kris Tyrpak, a key contributor in Swope Park’s journey to the USL Cup Final last year, to Kansas City to face his old teammates.

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