Saint Louis FC Will Take On San Antonio FC In San Antonio Saturday Night
Saint Louis FC is on the road again this weekend as they take on San Antonio FC on Saturday in a United Soccer Leage (USL) match. The match will kick off at 7:30 pm central at Toyota Field. Saint Louis FC is currently 7-11-9 (30 points) on the season while San Antonio FC is 9-9-8 for 35 points.
The match will be streamed live on YouTube. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the video link.
The USL West
Saint Louis FC continues to sit in 13th place in the USL’s Western Conference with 30 points. With three games left in the regular season the team would need to pass five teams in order to make the playoffs. San Antonio FC currently holds the eighth and final conference playoff spot with 35 points with Swope Park in seventh place with 36 points. Both of those teams have four games remaining.
Saint Louis FC is still mathematically in the playoff hunt, but the club would basically need to win out and get some help from the clubs in front of them. Anything less than three points this weekend officially knocks STLFC out of the playoff picture.
Last Time Out For Saint Louis FC
Saint Louis FC lost a heart-breaker in Cincinnati on Labor Day last time out. While FC Cincinnati controlled the match for the majority of the day, the game was scoreless the home side scored in the 84th minute. Patrick Doody answered for STLFC in the 86th minute to set the stage for a tumultuous final minutes. A questionable handball was called against James Musa in stoppage time to give FCC a penalty kick. Mark Pais guess Sean Okoli’s shot correctly, but the ball skirted just under his outstretched hand to give Cincinnati the 2-1 win in front of 17,415 fans at Nippert Stadium.
Who Is San Antonio FC
San Antonio currently holds the final playoff spot in the USL West with four games to go in the regular season. Rafael Castillo leads the team in scoring with five goals and an assist on the season. He scored SAFC’s second goal in their 2-0 win in St. Louis a few weeks ago.
Franck Tayou has four goals on the season, but hasn’t scored in the last four games. As I wrote before, Tayou led the MASL in scoring last season and has played for the U.S. Futsal Team. Tayou is a large man and definitely makes the opposing team focus on defending him.
San Antonio FC played to a draw with Arizona United last time out.
Check out the preview of the game from San Antonio FC’s Anja Rosales.
San Antonic FC vs Saint Louis FC 9-10-16 game preview
What To Expect From Saint Louis FC
At this point in the season who knows what to expect from Saint Louis FC. We do know that Irvin Herrera and Ryan Thompson will return from International duty for Tim Leonard’s team. Expect Herrera to return to his starting role up top. Will Ryan Thompson start in goal instead of Mark Pais? It’s possible. Then again, it’s also possible Leonard will stick with Pais.
The latest episode of the This Is Silly! podcast from the St. Louligans was recorded while the hosts were watching the STLFC-FCC game last week. They noted their confusion about some of the lineup moves while Herrera was gone, notably not starting Vince Cicciarelli.
Catch The Action Live
Tickets at the 8,296-seat Toyota Field range from $10 in the Bud Light Bunker to $50 for premium seats. parking is available all around the stadium. Toyota Field is next to Heros Stadium, an 11,000-seat football stadium used by the North East Independent School District.
Toyota Field was originally built for the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League. That club folded after the 2015 season. The stadium was sold by owner Gordon Hartman with the proceeds going to support Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park for special needs children located next to the field. Spurs Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the NBA’s Spurs, owns San Antonio FC and worked with the city and county to make the purchase from Hartman.
Watch the Action On YouTube
Saint Louis Fc vs San Antonio FC 9-10-16