MIAMI (Fwrd Axis) – San Antonio FC completed their self-described “hell week” with a 2-0 victory over The Miami FC (4-4-2) at Riccardo Silva Stadium on Saturday night.
The victory sees San Antonio bounce back from a loss last week in Phoenix and snaps a two-game winless streak overall when including their U.S. Open Cup loss in Houston.
San Antonio opened the scoring just before halftime when DeShane Beckford scored his first goal in SAFC colors with a shot to the left corner of the net in the 42nd minute, putting SAFC up a goal going into the locker room at halftime.
The second half saw Miami come out aggressive on the attack. They lobbied balls towards the San Antonio goal but goalkeeper Jordan Farr was up to the task as was the SAFC backline. Luca Antonelli and Christian Sorto were both denied in the span of four minutes as Farr kept his team in front by a goal.
San Antonio put the game away in stoppage time after Jordan Ayimbila was brought down in the penalty area by a Miami defender, awarding SAFC a penalty. Mitchelle Taintor stepped up and drilled the penalty, extending the lead to 2-0 for the visitors.
Here are three main points from SAFC’s 2-0 win over Miami:
Bouncing back strong
San Antonio FC bounced back from two consecutive losses in style, using their tough defensive style against a Miami team that has been poor offensively but just as good on defense themselves
The win puts San Antonio in tie-in points for first place in the Western Conference with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, who will visit Toyota Field in just seven days.
Another zero on the board
SAFC’s defense has been strong to start the 2022 season and that held true in Florida on Saturday. Taintor not only put the game away for San Antonio on offense but he also helped SAFC defensively.
He finished the match by winning 8 of 11 duels and 6 of 7 aerial duels while making four interceptions. Meanwhile, Farr had another clean sheet as San Antonio has blanked their opponents in five of the last six league matches.
The fight for the top spot
As mentioned above, San Antonio and Colorado are now in tie-on points for first place in the Western Conference, being separated by goal differential. The Switchbacks had their match postponed on Saturday following “multiple positive tests for COVID-19 among Switchbacks FC’s covered persons”.
SAFC knows their match next weekend is a chance to prove why they belong in the conversation among the best in the league.
San Antonio FC is now 8-2-0 (24 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome the Colorado Switchbacks (8-1-0) to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.