The results seem to be very predictable when San Antonio FC plays rivals OKC Energy. Tough, hard fought and tactical defensive stalemates rule the day. Saturday night’s match in Oklahoma was no different as SAFC and OKC Energy played to a scoreless draw, the third time this season matches between the two sides have ended in a tie.
There was very little statistically to separate SAFC and OKC Energy during this tight defensive struggle. Both teams shared a total of five shots on target, demonstrating the dearth of opportunities allowed by the tight and organized defenses. San Antonio had the best chance of the evening midway through the first half when Billy Forbes, alone against OKC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi, shot wide left after receiving a pass from Jamaican international Omar Gordon-playing his first minutes with SAFC Saturday. OKC Energy came to life in the last 15 minutes and created a handful of good chances, but were unable to put anything past SAFC’s Diego Restrepo. The SAFC goalkeeper secured his ninth shutout of the season (tied for the league lead) and lowered his goals against average to a league leading 0.62.
SAFC head coach Darren Powell discussed the difficult nature of games played between his side and OKC Energy in his post-game comments. “OKC is a very tough place to play. The guys worked extremely hard to earn the point and earning a clean sheet on the road is a positive. Now our job is to prepare for a quick turnaround to play at home in front of our supporters, and we look forward to being home on Wednesday evening.”
San Antonio FC (11-2-9) remains in second place in the United Soccer League Western Conference, 10 points behind leaders Real Monarchs SLC.
The club is playing a stretch of three games in eight days. SAFC returns to action on Wednesday, August 23 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at Toyota Field and then hosts Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, August 26.
RGVFC TIES WITH VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 2
A 70th minute goal from midfielder TJ Casner allowed Rio Grande Valley FC to come back from an early deficit to tie Vancouver 1-1 in Edinburg Saturday night. RGV FC is now 7-10-6 on the season and sits in 12th place in the USL Western Conference, three points out of a playoff spot.
TEXAS MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RECAP
The road was not kind to either Texas MLS team last weekend. FC Dallas (FCD) continued its scoring slump in Kansas, losing 2-0 to Sporting Kansas City (SKC). FCD has scored only 1 goal during a four-game winless streak. The Houston Dynamo allowed two goals during a 15-minute stretch of the first half and, despite an early second half goal by midfielder Romell Quioto, were unable to overcome the early deficit in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps. Houston, undefeated at home this year, dropped to 1-8-4 on the road in 2017.
The Dynamo are now tied for second place in the Western Conference with 37 points. After the loss, FC Dallas dropped to 5th place, 5 points behind conference leaders SKC and only 2 points above the playoff line. The third and final regular season “Texas Derby” between Dallas and Houston will take place Wednesday, August 23 in Frisco. The first two matches ended in draws, so the winner of this game will earn the 2018 possession rights to El Capitan, a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon, which is awarded to the winner of the season series.