Images: Darren Abate / USL
On May 26, San Antonio FC fell 2-1 to Reno 1868 FC in Nevada.
Since then, SAFC has played some of the club’s best football in recent memory. The Alamo City club took down Portland and Sacramento in USL play, and stood toe to toe with FC Dallas in Open Cup play.
The most obvious change is that SAFC has switched to primarily using a 3-4-3 formation, enabling the club to get more bodies forward to score while relying on 2017 USL Goalkeeper of the Year Diego Restrepo and the back line to hold things down on the other end. In short, it has worked very well so far.
Defender Cyprian Hedrick stood out in the club’s last match in place of Darnell King, who was serving a one match suspension for card accumulation. As SAFC looks to end Reno’s 11 match unbeaten streak, we could see Hedrick getting more time and pushing the dynamic wing back King forward in the formation.
While Sacramento and Portland are near the top of the table, Reno could be SAFC’s toughest challenge in this streak of games. But if SA is able to top the Nevada side, the club’s momentum could carry it all the way into a top four spot in the standings in the coming weeks.
Reno 1868 FC
Form: 5-3-7 DWWDD, previous match 2-2 at Orange County SC
San Antonio FC
Form: 5-3-5 DDLWW, previous match 1-0 win vs Sacramento Republic FC
Two Ten Soccer Projected Starting XI
Restrepo; Hedrick, Felix, Cochrane; King, Lopez, Ward, Escalante; Gordon, Elizondo, Presley
Images: San Antonio FC, RGVFC
Jonathan Check: San Antonio 1-1 Reno
Jesus Miguel Garcia: San Antonio – Reno
Larry Leathers: San Antonio 1-1 Reno
Jose Mario Jimenez: San Antonio 1-1 Reno
Kyle Mahnke: San Antonio 2-1 Reno
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