PREVIEW: San Antonio FC

PREVIEW: San Antonio FC

Saint Louis FC: (7-11-9) 30 pts. 13th in the Western Conference (27 GP)

Form Guide: LDLDL

San Antonio FC: (9-9-8) 35 pts. 8th in the Western Conference (26 GP)

Form Guide: WWWLD

Match Details: Saturday, September 10th. 7:30 PM CT

Location: Toyota Field. San Antonio, Texas


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Preview: On Saturday night Saint Louis FC will travel to San Antonio, Texas to play the final meeting of the season between the two. Saint Louis will look to avenge a 2-0 defeat from the last time the two teams squared off. Sebastian Thuriere opened the scoring for the visitors in the 12th minute. The goal resulted from a Saint Louis turnover from Chad Bond and the San Antonio midfielder made no mistake with a well-placed chip over STLFC goalkeeper Ryan Thompson. St. Louis' troubles were doubled right before halftime when Rafa Castillo placed lobbed a shot over Thompson again to give San Antonio a commanding lead at the break.

The star of the match was San Antonio goalkeeper Matt Cardone, earning him USL Player of the Week.  His 7th save of the contest was a dive to his left to deny Herrera from the spot in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win for the visitors in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,262.

Saint Louis come into the match winless in their last 7 matches and 13th in the Western Conference.  The players are looking for their first win for Interim Head Coach Tim Leonard who took over August 15th.   San Antonio currently sits only 5 points ahead of Saint Louis, in the 8th and final playoffs spot in the Western Conference. The club comes into the match Saturday with a bad run of form as they lost and drew their last two matches. San Antonio controls their own playoffs destiny as the season comes to a close but teams like Orange County Blues FC and Seattle FC 2 are hovering right behind them in the Western Conference standings. 

Saint Louis FC will "Green Out the Park" for their regular season home finale on Saturday, September 17th at 7:30pm against rival Louisville City FC.   Only a small amount of tickets remain for the home leg of the "King's Cup" as Louisville won the first match-up in May.  Go to or call 636-680-0997 for more information.  

Match Notes:

1) Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson and Forward Irvin Herrera will be available as they are both back from international duties. 

2) Schillo Tshuma will return from injury.  

Leading Scorers:

Saint Louis: Irvin Herrera (11)

San Antonio: Rafael Castillo (5)

Leading Assists: 

Saint Louis: Mike Ambersley, Richard Dixon, James Musa, Irvin Herrera (3)

San Antonio: Carlos Alvarez (6)


Player Availablity Report

AJ Cochran - Out, injury

Brandon Barklage - Out, injury

Parker Maher - Out, injury (season)

Chad Vandegriffe - Out, injury

Sean Clancy - Out, injury (season)