Well, here we go. First home stand of the year. Four of the next five league matches are at home, plus a home contest in the U.S. Open Cup. There’s no better time to start climbing up the table than at home against the last place club in the west.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC has been struggling this season. The Oklahoma club has 4 points through 5 games with only 3 goals on the season (one of which was a favorable own goal). Facing one of the best goalkeepers in the league statistically, San Antonio will have to be especially accurate with their shots and take any chances given to them this Saturday.
Match Details: Game six. Toyota Field. San Antonio, TX. Sat. 4/30/2016. Kickoff at 7:30pm Central
Keys for SAFC: Resilience. As midfielder Carlos Alvarez has pointed to a few times this season, this club doesn’t give up. Coming off a two-loss streak, its time to right the ship for San Antonio FC. Staying focused on both sides of the ball and fighting through what could be a tough game to generate goals in will be very important.
Player To Watch: Jason Johnson. SAFC’s leading goal scorer has been on a bit of a drought since his dominant performance in Seattle. If he ends up on the wing again, look for the artistic striker to capitalize on 1v1 situations and create chances with his superb dribbling.
Official SAFC Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ford (c); Palacios, McCarthy, McBride, Moseley; Thuriere, Castillo; Johnson, Alvarez, Cochrane; Okiomah
(A note about projected starting XI’s is that they are mandated by USL to be included in the team-provided media guides. While a projection is required, sticking to that projection is not. We could see some changes when the time comes.)
Pitch Black Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ford (c); Palacios, McCarthy, McBride, Moseley; Reed, Castillo; Johnson, Alvarez, Cochrane; Okiomah
Fejiro Okiomah started up top against Colorado Springs last week but was forced off early with an apparent injury. He’s slated to take that role again this week. The athletic defender-turned-striker could be very fun to watch.
Score Prediction: San Antonio FC 2-0 Tulsa Roughnecks FC Its hard to say that any game in late April is “must win,” but facing a bottom of the table team at home after dropping the previous two games is pretty close to it. Tulsa’s backline seems to be its weakness, so if the SAFC offense can click like it did against Seattle and find ways to finish, Saturday could prove to be a dominant win for the Alamo City.