Marcina: San Antonio FC “incredibly excited” for season restart

Road match against Rio Grande Valley FC starts at 8 p.m.

San Antonio FC takes the pitch at Toyota Field prior to their preseason match against FC Dallas. (Andrew Cely, KSAT)

SAN ANTONIOSECOND UPDATE: San Antonio FC’s match against RGV FC has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19.

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UPDATE: San Antonio FC’s match tomorrow has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test from an undisclosed member of the RGV FC organization.

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ORIGINAL STORY: The wait is almost over.

Tomorrow night, San Antonio FC will take the pitch for a regular season match for the first time since their season-opening victory over Real Monarchs SLC in March. Head coach Alen Marcina can feel his team’s energy at practice.

“We’re incredibly excited as a group,” Marcina said. “We’ve been relentless in our preparation. We’re confident in the strategy that we plan on implementing tomorrow, and we want to make sure that we put our best foot forward and be the best representation of our fans, our city and our club.”

“A lot of guys are anxious to get back on the field,” defender Kai Greene said. “Everybody’s hungry to get back to playing again. We can’t wait to restart the season. That’s what it boils down to.”

Their opponent has already made their return to USL Championship action. Rio Grande Valley FC lost a 1-0 decision to El Paso Locomotive FC on July 11, dropping their overall record to 0-2 on the young season. But with two consecutive games against the Toros in a span of eight days, the Alamo City club isn’t taking this first challenge lightly.

“We’ve analyzed their last games that they’ve played in and we recognize some trends that they do,” Greene said. “We just prepare for them as the week goes. We’re taking it one game at a time. We do have an opportunity to beat them back-to-back, to put ourselves higher in the standings and worry about one less team.”

“We watched the game because we want to be thorough, but we have our game plan and we’ll go on that field to impose our game on them,” midfielder Santiago Viera explained. “Obviously we want to keep their tendencies in mind, but our play is to go out there, be the protagonists and make them adjust to what we do. The squad looks great. We’re training hard, and there’s a lot of healthy internal competition. We’re all at a good level, and we’re all prepared to play at any moment. We support each other and the guys who are playing while also waiting to step up when our name is called to make the most of any opportunity.”

SAFC and RGV FC take the pitch at H-E-B Park tomorrow night at 8 p.m.


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