BEST OF 2022: Uvalde football, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio FC headline San Antonio’s Top 12 sports stories of the year
Uvalde football's incredible rally, Manu Ginobili's induction into the Hall of Fame and San Antonio FC's historic first title are three of the top 12 sports stories from an unforgettable 2022.
Patiño scores early, San Antonio FC wins first ever match against Birmingham Legion FC
Thanks to some offensive pressure from Jose Gallegos, Santiago Patiño scored the opening goal in the first minute of play and San Antonio FC got back in the win column with a 2-1 victory at home in their first ever match against Birmingham Legion on Saturday night.
PERFECT START: Patiño scores hat trick, San Antonio FC opens season with 3-0 victory
With fans back at Toyota Field for a home opener for the first time in two years, San Antonio FC did not disappoint. Santiago Patiño tallied a hat trick, and the Alamo City club defeated Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 3-0 on Saturday night.
San Antonio FC looking for returners to step up, establish culture heading into season opener
With the USL season now six days away from starting at Toyota Field, San Antonio FC is relying on the returning starters from last year's team to step up and establish the team culture in order to make another run at the playoffs.
San Antonio FC to participate in preseason tournament against MLS clubs
SAN ANTONIO – This time last season, San Antonio FC was in limbo awaiting word from the United Soccer League on when they would resume their season amidst the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday afternoon, the club announced that they would compete in a brand new, three-game preseason tournament that will include round-robin matches against MLS clubs from around the state of Texas. Collectively, the clubs have dubbed this tournament ‘La Copita.’After their preseason opener against North Texas SC this Saturday, San Antonio will begin play in the tournament with a home-and-home series against FC Dallas starting at Toyota Field on March 27. AdPRESEASON SCHEDULEDate Opponent Location March 20 vs. North Texas SC Toyota Field, San Antonio March 27 vs. FC Dallas* Toyota Field, San Antonio April 2 at FC Dallas* Frisco April 10 at Austin FC* Austin April 24 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Toyota Field, San Antonio* La Copita tournament gamesDue to ongoing health and safety protocols, all preseason matches will be closed to the public. Unlike last season, which featured a shortened, regionalized schedule, San Antonio FC will be part of the traditional Mountain Division for the 2021 campaign, alongside Austin Bold FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, New Mexico United, RGV FC, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Real Monarchs.
Former San Antonio FC executive dies after battle with COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio FC is mourning the loss of one of its executives after he lost his battle with COVID-19. According to an announcement on social media from the team on Sunday, Joey Harvey, a ticket sales manager and one of the club’s first employees, passed away after he contracted the virus. The team released the following statement following Harvey’s death:“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Joey Harvey after a brief battle with COVID-19. Joey was a friend to many of us and an integral part of our family as one of our club’s first employees. We will remember him for bringing joy to those around him.”Related: SAPD mourns after veteran officer dies of COVID-19
San Antonio FC’s season ends in controversial loss to New Mexico United
Unfortunately, the team’s magic carpet ride of a season came to an abrupt end on Saturday evening. San Antonio’s offense never found the back of the net in a 1-0 overtime loss to New Mexico United in the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Toyota Field. “It was a clear handball," said defender Joshua Yaro. He used his hand to touch the ball in front of him, so it’s a clear handball. It was a clear handball on their goal.
Perruzza tallies brace, San Antonio FC tops OKC Energy FC 2-0
SAN ANTONIO – Even though San Antonio FC clinched their first playoff berth since 2017 on Wednesday, the team still had plenty to play for when they took the pitch at Toyota Field to face OKC Energy FC on Saturday night. Playing in his third match since being acquired on loan from Toronto FC on Sept. 8, Perruzza scored his first two goals with the club and generated numerous chances to power San Antonio to a 2-0 victory over OKC Energy. San Antonio ends their home schedule with a perfect 8-0-0 record. For the game, San Antonio dominated offensively, outshooting OKC 21-9, with seven shots on target. San Antonio native Matt Cardone notched three saves to record the club’s seventh clean sheet this season.
Gallegos scores game-winner, San Antonio FC clinches first playoff berth since 2017
SAN ANTONIO – Last week, San Antonio FC let an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth slip away. San Antonio improves to 9-1-3 on the season and leads the entire USL Western Conference standings with 30 points. Midfielder Cristian Parano found his fellow Argentinian cutting into the box and he buried a shot into the back of the net to give San Antonio a 1-0 lead. #Defend210 pic.twitter.com/Y9QMhvaHMX — San Antonio FC (@SanAntonioFC) September 17, 2020Now, for the second time in club history, San Antonio can start preparing for a playoff run. San Antonio FC will wrap up their home schedule with a match against OKC this Saturday at 8 p.m.
San Antonio FCs Alen Marcina named USL Coach of the Month
SAN ANTONIO As the only remaining undefeated team in the USL, it is natural that San Antonio FC would garner national recognition. Wednesday afternoon, the USL Championship named Marcina the Coach of the Month for August after he led the Alamo City club to a 5-0-2 record. The August Coach of the Month award goes to @SanAntonioFC's Alen Marcina! More https://t.co/hiuEF7yLKr USL Championship (@USLChampionship) September 9, 2020Its an honor to receive this award, Marcina said. The match is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. CT.MORE SAN ANTONIO FC COVERAGE
Solignac scores fastest goal in club history, San Antonio FC tops RGV FC 3-2
SAN ANTONIO – For the first time since March, fans were allowed into Toyota Field to watch San Antonio FC play a match. With the win, San Antonio improves their record to 8-0-3. His team-leading sixth goal of the season is also the fastest goal in SAFC history -- tied for the fastest in USL history -- and it gave San Antonio a 1-0 lead. It’s Gorskie’s first goal as a member of San Antonio FC. Next, San Antonio will hit the road to face El Paso Locomotive FC, their first non-Group D opponent since their season-opener against Real Monarchs SLC.
San Antonio FC’s match against RGV FC postponed due to positive COVID-19 test
SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: San Antonio FC’s match against RGV FC has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19. Unfortunately, San Antonio FC fans will have to wait a little longer to see the team make their return to the pitch. Thursday evening, the Alamo City club officially announced that Friday’s match with RGV FC has been postponed. The decision was made “out of an abundance of caution following a positive COVID-19 test” from an undisclosed member of the RGV FC organization. MORE SAN ANTONIO FC COVERAGE
Marcina: San Antonio FC “incredibly excited” for season restart
SAN ANTONIO – SECOND UPDATE: San Antonio FC’s match against RGV FC has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19. 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. 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. ⬛️🟥 #Defend210 pic.twitter.com/W0lQiFwejv — San Antonio FC (@SanAntonioFC) July 16, 2020Their opponent has already made their return to USL Championship action. 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.MORE SAN ANTONIO FC COVERAGE
HS Soccer Highlights: Central Catholic tops Kelly Catholic
HS Soccer Highlights: Central Catholic tops Kelly CatholicPublished: February 13, 2020, 5:55 pmLess than 24 hours after notching a goal with San Antonio FC, Central Catholic senior midfielder Jose Gallegos opened the scoring the Buttons' 3-0 TAPPS Division I State Quarterfinal victory over Kelly Catholic.