KANSAS CITY, MO – San Antonio FC closed their four-game road trip with a 2-5 loss to the Swope Park Rangers at Children’s Mercy Victory Field on Sunday afternoon.
The loss was SAFC’s worst in USL play in franchise history. The five goals allowed was the most they had given up in club history. Swope nearly scored a sixth goal, but the officials called it back late in the second half.
“First and foremost, Swope Park Rangers played very well today,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “Our guys will look at the tape from today and learn from that experience and prepare ourselves for next weekend. It’s been a few games on the road now so it will be exciting to get back to our home field.”
Swope Park got on the scoreboard 11 minutes into the match when the hosts were awarded a penalty kick. Nansel Selbol converted the attempt, putting the Rangers up 1-0.
SAFC responded just nine minutes later in the 20th minute when Billy Forbes found forward Omar Gordon, who beat Swope goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas to draw level 1-1. The Rangers added one more goal before halftime from Felipe Hernandez to put Swope up by a goal after 45 minutes.
Swope scored two straight goals in the second half over a span of three minutes to take full control of the match. Selbol scored in the 62nd minute, and Kharlton Belmar, scored in the 65th to make it 4-1.
Max Rugova finalized the scoring for Swope in the 80th minute. Billy Forbes scored the final goal of the match in the for his eighth goal of the season in the 2-5 defeat.
The loss was puzzling for many reasons. SAFC’s signature defense was nowhere to be seen after holding Orange County scoreless in their previous match. Swope found holes in the defense and did not face challenges.
“Attention to detail is something we need to prioritize,” SAFC team captain Michael Reed said. “Obviously, we are in the playoffs, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
San Antonio missed out on a golden opportunity to close in on first place in the Western Conference after Real Monarchs SLC fell 2-0 to Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday night. A victory would have gotten SAFC within one point of Real going into next weekend.
SAFC closes their road trip with a 2-1-1 record and collects seven out of a possible 12 points.
“There have been by far worse results,” Reed said. “Road games are hard and are hard for a reason. So, to get the results we did is a victory for us and because of the results on the road we put ourselves in a better position going forward.”
- Match notes: SAFC’s Omar Gordon scored his first goal of the season. Billy Forbes netted his team-leading eighth goal of the season for the club.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 14-3-10 (52 points) on the season and will return home to welcome the Rio Grande Valley Toros FC to Toyota Field next Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.