San Antonio FC (11-7-7) had its three-game winning streak snapped after losing 0-1 to New Mexico United (9-8-7) on Saturday night. SAFC lost just its third home match of the season, and first-ever home match to the New Mexico side.
“There was a lot of good moments,” said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “We did some good things out there with our pressing actions and we found good positions. We were unfortunate not to execute and their keeper made some big saves. We were unfortunate at the end; they scored a nice goal and they are a very good team.”
New Mexico started brightly, creating a number of early chances while forcing a save from San Antonio FC goalkeeper Matthew Cardone. However, half an hour into the match, SAFC snagged a foothold and came close through two Connor Maloney headers – one which was saved and another that went just wide. SAFC closed out the half the stronger team and almost took the lead right before the break, but Marcus Epps’ shot slammed the post right before the halftime whistle.
San Antonio FC started the second half well and immediately challenged the New Mexico goal with Epps going close once again after seeing his shot glance off the post once more. However, in the 84th minute, it was New Mexico United that would finally take the lead. A pass from Amando Moreno flicked off an SAFC defender’s leg before falling into the path of Chris Wehan who scored with a shot over Cardone. Wehan originally started the season with Orange County before returning to New Mexico in August. The midfielder also scored the lone goal in the playoff match between these two sides in 2020.
SAFC will now get set for two road matches, travelong first to OKC Energy FC this Sunday in a cross-conference matchup, before facing division rivals El Paso Locomotive FC on Oct. 6. San Antonio returns home on Oct. 10 to face Memphis 901 FC.
NMU: 0-1, Chris Wehan (Amando Moreno assist) 84’
NMU: Yellow Card (Rashid Tetteh) 29’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Axel Sjoberg) 38’
NMU: Yellow Card (Andrew Tinari) 72’
NMU: Yellow Card (Kalen Ryden) 74’
NMU: Yellow Card (Isidro Martinez) 85’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Axel Sjoberg, Mitch Taintor, Mathieu Deplagne; M: Mohammed Abu, PC (c), Cam Lindley, Connor Maloney (Shandon Hopeau 86’); F: Marcus Epps (Justin Dhillon 78’), Jose Gallegos, Nathan
Substitutions not used: Carlos Mercado, Joaquin Varela, Chris Lema, Jasser Khmiri, Ollie Wright