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San Antonio FC Falls To Sunderland AFC In International Friendly

The match was played in front of a season-high crowd of 8,328

Photo: Darren Abate/USL

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio FC took a break from USL Championship action on Saturday, falling 1-3 to EFL Championship side Sunderland AFC in an international friendly at Toyota Field.

The Story: San Antonio’s lone goal came from PC in the 25th minute as he put home a free kick nearly 50 yards from goal, leveling the score 1-1 after Chris Rigg’s opening goal 10 minutes earlier.

  • The match was played in front of a season-high crowd of 8,328.
  • Seven different San Antonio FC Pro Academy players appeared in the match.
  • “Great experience, to play such a prestigious club,” San Antonio Head Coach Alen Marcina said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, our guys embraced the challenges, and some guys maximized the opportunities.”

Going down: San Antonio did not come out of the match unscathed as defender Connor Maloney left in the second half with an apparent shoulder injury.

  • Marcina said after the match that Maloney was taken to the hospital, saying it was “pretty bad”.

Why it matters: As San Antonio gets ready to return to USL Championship play next weekend, they will be without Defender Lamar Batista (who will be suspended) and likely Maloney.

Up Next: San Antonio FC is 9-3-7 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next weekend to face Miami FC (3-9-8) at 8 p.m. from Toyota Field.

Stephen Anderson
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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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