Photo courtesy: Darren Abate/USL Championship
Setting the scene:
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio FC returned home to Toyota Field on Saturday night, playing to a 1-1 draw with Las Vegas Lights FC.
Las Vegas opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the match when Justin Ingram put home the rebound with SAFC goalkeeper Jordan Farr laying on the ground following the initial save.
San Antonio responded just before halftime when Cristian Parano curled in a free kick into the top corner of the net, leveling the match at 1-1 going into the second half.
“We’re all together as one in that locker room,” SAFC Defender Connor Maloney said when asked about the mood in the locker room. “We fight for each other every day, I don’t see that [frustration].”
The more you know:
The result for San Antonio extends their winless streak to four matches, going 0-1-3 and overall 0-2-2 when you include the U.S. Open Cup matches. The four-match winless streak is their longest since 2021, the year the club went to the Western Conference Final.
A somber and weird mood after the game left obvious the players and coaches are frustrated, even if they won’t admit to it.
“There’s zero frustration,” SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina said following the match. “We embrace challenges and find solutions, I am very optimistic with the group that we have.”
What’s the point?
With SAFC getting set to hit the road for the next month, they will need to find a way to score and get wins along with bodies healthy and off the injury list.
With the calendar turning to May, it is still early but to avoid sliding in the standings, San Antonio will need to figure things out sooner rather than later.
San Antonio FC is now 3-1-4 (13 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Sunday when they face the Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field to kick off a three-match road trip.