SAN ANTONIO — After three matches away, San Antonio FC returned home to Toyota Field on Saturday night, earning a 2-1 victory over Birmingham Legion FC.
The Story: San Antonio’s win breaks a three-match winless streak and keeps the club in the top four in a packed Western Conference.
- Jorge Hernandez’s goal in the 10th minute was his first of the season. SAFC improved to 46-0-9 when scoring the opening goal.
- The victory keeps SAFC’s home winning streak intact, extending it to 27 matches dating back to last season.
- Goalkeeper Carlos Mercado made his first career start in the USL Championship in place of Jordan Farr, who was suspended.
“I’m pleased with the team, establishing a 27 home game unbeaten run, that’s highly impressive so that’s a massive accomplishment in itself, and hopefully we’re not done, hopefully, we continue to add to that home undefeated streak,” SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina said. “I’m also very pleased that we’re out there among league leaders in the Western Conference, the first half of the season is now complete.”
All business: SAFC ends a stretch of winless runs, earning their first win since May. During that time San Antonio gave up late goals, settling for draws and leaving points on the table. San Antonio FC had gone 1-1-2 in their last fives and were 0-1-2 on their California road trip.
- After last weekend’s meltdown loss in Sacramento, it was business as usual for San Antonio FC. Several players after the match mentioned a business approach during training over the week.
- Tani Oluwaseyi’s goal in the 62nd minute was his sixth of the season, making him the team leader in goals scored.
- Justin Dhillon’s goal in the 91st minute was his first of the season.
“I think coming into this game one thing that Alen said in the locker room it’s been a business approach all week you know we’ve had a tough run of games so today was really big for every single one of us to get a win not just for us but for the fans as well, a sold-out crowd, incredible crowd, and we love that we were able to do that for them,” Oluwaseyi said.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 7-3-7 (28 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Friday when they travel to face Memphis 905 FC at 7:30 p.m. to kick off a two-game road trip.