SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC has only two games left in the team's regular season, and it is still on the outside looking in to make eighth place for the playoffs.
Here's three points to consider as SAFC prepares for another must win Saturday at Toyota Field:
San Antonio FC entered last week's match with Seattle, six points behind Saint Louis FC for the final spot in the West playoffs. San Antonio did their job and defended Toyota Field, winning 3-1, earning three points. Saint Louis lost to Phoenix that same day and, suddenly, SAFC found themselves down only three points in the standings to make the playoffs.
"All we can do is put pressure on the opposition and collect our points," said head coach Darren Powell on Thursday. "Then, hopefully, the other teams will feel the pressure themselves and stub their toes on the way, and that opens the door for us. But our job right now it to focus on Saturday."
Facing Las Vegas
San Antonio has already faced their next opponent, the Las Vegas Lights FC, once this year, winning 3-1 at Cashman Field on April 27. The loss was just one of their 17 they had so far this season, and San Antonio would like to increase that total. However, Las Vegas has already been eliminated from the playoffs, and they would like nothing more than deliver some revenge and ruin San Antonio's playoffs chances since they have nothing else to really play for.
Needing help next week
Even if San Antonio wins Saturday, they will need some help from Saint Louis FC. They'll face the Tulsa Roughnecks on Wednesday, a team they defeated twice already in 2018. The Roughnecks have the worst record in the USL and have not won on the road this year. To be exact, Tulsa is 0-10-6 this year on the road.
Saint Louis will then host the Oklahoma City Energy FC on the following Saturday, a team they had defeated in April.
Powell concluded his interview today by saying, "If we get into the playoffs, I feel very confident that we can play against anyone in this league, anytime, anywhere."
OK, four points, but this isn't so much about what needs to happen on the pitch.
Saturday is also Breast Health Awareness Night at Toyota Field. Proceeds from various items being sold this weekend will benefit Texas Wings. Here's some items being sold Saturday:
Fans can bid on autographed, player worn pregame tops. You can bid at http://www.SanAntonioFC.com.
SAFC Breast Health Awareness pink scarf, which is being sold at The Soccer Factory at Toyota Field.
$5 pink vodka lemonade
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