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I’ll keep this short: San Antonio FC is on a 6 game unbeaten streak. By taking down Vancouver last week they beat one of the two teams tied for first in the Western Conference. This week they’ll face the other when LA Galaxy II comes to visit. The Texas club earned a point on the road when they faced Los Dos earlier in the season, but since that match LA has developed into the league-leaders in goals for (37) and conference-leaders in goal differential (+14), both on the foot of league-leading scorer Jack McBean (14 goals).
New to the SAFC squad, but a familiar face to San Antonio fans, Cesar Elizondo looks to continue his Toyota Field success
Matt Cardone and the SA defense held last week against Vancouver, but the real test is going to be weathering the storm of Los Dos.
Match Details: Game Eighteen. Toyota Field. San Antonio, TX. Saturday 7/23/2016. Kickoff 7:30PM CDT
How To Watch: Fox Sports Southwest, SanAntonioFC.com , USL Match Center
Keys for SAFC: Either figure out a way to contain the ferocious attack of LA or figure out a way to keep up with it. The brunt of the duty will be placed on the center backs, likely McCarthy and Biko.
Player To Watch: This isn’t a game that SA can afford to not score in. My eyes will be on the attack to see if they can finish the chances they’ve been successful in creating all season. If I had to identify one specifically, Rafa Castillo gets the nod as the true engine of the midfield and stand-in captain in Josh Ford’s absence.
Pitch Black Projected Starting XI (4-5-1): Cardone; Palacios, McCarthy, Bradnock-Brennan, Cochrane; Salazar; Alvarez, Reed, Castillo, Johnson; Morgan
Salazar came off with an injury against Vancouver, so if he’s not ready to go I expect Seba Thuriere to take the role of holding midfielder.
Jason Johnson has struggled to score since getting off to a hot start, and his slow shot reaction was on display against Vancouver. But the striker / midfielder is a dynamic player in shredding defenses with his dribbling and is still tied with Franck the Tank as leading scorer for the squad (3 goals) so I expect him to see some time.
Cesar Elizondo and Franck Tayou are bound to get time, but most likely in the second half as both are still new to the club and getting into full-match shape.
Score Prediction: San Antonio FC 2-2 LA Galaxy II