Can the San Antonio Futbol Club Get Back on Track in Colorado?
The San Antonio FC opened up the 2019 season with two home games at Toyota Field against the Phoenix Rising FC in week one and the Portland Timbers 2 in week two, but in both matchups San Antonio failed to obtain a win. The SAFC’s record right now is 0-1-1 and the team hopes their lackluster start doesn’t carry over as they hit the road this weekend to take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Saturday night at 7PM.
“Everybody is obviously disappointed with the result last Saturday, but there was a lot of positives within that performance as well,” SAFC head coach Darren Powell said. “So, it’s about getting back to work and understanding the basics of what we are doing.”
Colorado Springs is currently the eighth seed in the USL Championship Western Conference Standings with a 1-1 record. Though it is early in the season, it seems this Saturday could present a tough matchup for both sides. Defensively Colorado Springs has a 68.4% tackle success rate, while SA has 66.7%.
“[Colorado Springs] is a good team, a very good team. They’re organized and compact and they’ve got some good pieces going for them as well,” defensive back Johnny Fenwick stated after practice today. “We’ve got to be ready for that. Make sure we don’t get caught in the counter attack… and are defensively sound.”
A main focus for SA this weekend will be taking higher quality shots. So far this season SA has score four goals and shot a total of 33 shots, but only 12 of those shots were on target. Additionally, their conversion rate is much lower than Colorado Springs’ at just 12.1%.
“When you look at it, we’re getting in some really good positions on the fielding and we just haven’t necessarily had the final execution,” Powell emphasized. “There’s lots of little things that have not gone our way.”