Guzman Scores Lone Goal As Saint Louis FC Defeats Division-Leading Charleston
Octavio Guzman beat the Charleston Battery goalkeeper on a free kick minutes into the second half to put Saint Louis FC up 1-0 Saturday night.
The referee’s whistle wiped the the beautiful goal from the official record.
So Guzman did it again.
In the 72nd minute, Guzman beat the Charleston keeper to the short side on a free kick from an angle more difficult than the last. Saint Louis FC would hold on for the 1-0 win and take three points from the team at the top of the table.
The clean sheet was the third of the season for STLFC’s Adam Grinwis.
Watch Guzman’s strike — the one that officially counted — below.
Saturday’s match marked the return to the pitch from injuries by Max Alvarez and Ivan Mirkovic, the arrival of Daniel Jackson — recently signed from Oklahoma City — and Patrick Doody’s return. Doody joins STLFC on loan from the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and will remain in St. Louis for the rest of the season.
Doody arrived from the Fire last Friday and spent the full match on the Toyota Stadium pitch Saturday night. Mirkovic started the match Saturday night and was subbed off at halftime for Tyler David. Alvarez was subbed on in the second half while Jackson played much of the match before being subbed off just after Guzman’s goal.
Jackson nearly brought the capacity crowd of 5,243 to its feet with a scoring chance early in the second half. His arrival gives Preki an other option to stretch opposing defenses in the attacking half of the field.
The loss was the first since May for Charleston and came in their second match without USL leading scorer Romario Williams, who is currently with Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was also the first time this season that the Battery have been held scoreless in a match.
Despite the loss, Charleston held on to its lead in the USL East. The Battery are now 10-3-5 on the season. With 35 points, they sit four points ahead of the closest club. Saint Louis FC improved to 5-7-4 on the season. With 19 points, Saint Louis sit three points out of a playoff spot in the conference.
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Saint Louis FC is back in action at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park this Saturday against Louisville City FC, which currently sits in second place in the USL East. The match is the second leg of the Kings’ Cup rivalry series this season between the clubs. The clubs played to a 0-0 draw back in March in the first game of the season for both.
Louisville City fell 3-2 at home over the weekend to FC Cincinnati.
Tickets for Saturday’s match can be purchased from SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997. Tickets are said to be going fast so, buy your tickets today. You don’t want to miss Pizza Gate 3 with the St. Louligans.
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