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.