Saint Louis FC And Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Play To 1-1 Draw
USL Club starts off fourth season with a point on the road.
Saint Louis FC started its fourth United Soccer League campaign on the road in Edinburg, Texas over the weekend. STLFC played the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros to a 1-1 draw at H-E-B-Park.
The match was scoreless Friday night until Pablo Aguilar scored for the Toros in the 77th minute. Tony Walls drew Saint Louis even in the 82nd minute.
Rio Grande Valley FC is affiliated with the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The hybrid relationship between the clubs has the Dynamo controlling the soccer operations of the USL club and RGVFC controls business operations.
STLFC is back in Texas this Saturday to face San Antonio FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM CST and the match will be carried locally on KPLR11 and the St. Louligans will again be hosting a watch party at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company in Kirkwood.
Saint Louis FC returns to Toyota Stadium at St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton on Saturday, March 31. Kickoff for the home opener is set for 4 PM with tickets available in advance at SaintLouisFC.com
Check back to RealLifeSTL later this week for a preview of Saturday’s match. Scroll down for more on this past weekend’s match as well as other tidbits about the team and Aedan Stanley.
Manager Anthony Pulis wasn’t necessarily pleased with his team’s form in the 1-1 draw on Friday, but he was happy to come away with a valuable road point in his first came at the helm.
“The positive is we get a point on the road after not playing particularly well in my opinion. The second half we had some passages of play that were pleasing but on the whole we know we have an awful lot of work to do to reach the standards we expect,” said Pulis.
The STLFC goal by Tony Walls came off a corner kick in the 82nd minute. The set piece was set up after Aedan Stanely was knocked over while attempting to send a cross into the RGV penalty area.
Lewis Hilton’s corner kick found the head of Wal Fall in front of the RGVFC goal, but his ball bounced off the crossbar. Tony Walls then volleyed the ball off a bounce for his first goal of the season.
The goal was met with the heart eyes emoji by the STLFC Twitter account.
— Saint Louis FC (@SaintLouisFC) March 17, 2018
Starters for STLFC included Jake Fenlason in goal along with Walls, Sam Fink, Sean Reynolds, Jonathan Barden, Christian Volesky, Stanley, Fall, Hilton, Corey Hertzog and Joey Calistri.
Austin Martz and Kyle Greig entered the match in the 58th minute. Kadeem Dacres was an 83rd minute substitute for Hertzog.
5,910 fans were in attendance at 9,700-seat H-E-B Park for the match. Rio Grande Valley FC will travel to Toyota Stadium in Fenton on June 30.
Saint Louis FC vs Rio Grande Valley FC Highlights 3-16-18
Stanley Called Into U-20 USMNT Camp
The 17-year old Stanley was named the Pleats Man of the Match Friday evening for his performance over 90 minutes against the Toros. Earlier in the day, the club announced that Stanley will be traveling to Spain to participate in the U.S. Men’s National Team U-20 camp.
The U-20 camp runs from March 17-28 in Spain, meaning STLFC will be without Stanley for its match on March 24 against San Antonio FC.
Stanley has made seven previous appearances internationally for the USMNT at the U-18 and U-19 levels according to a release from the team.
“Everyone within Saint Louis FC is excited and proud of Aedan as he attends another US Youth National Team Camp,” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, STLFC Vice-President & General Manager. “This one is a little more special as it’s one of the first times the group will get together to begin preparations for the next U20 World Cup cycle.”
During the Spain training camp the U.S. team will play games against France and the Atletico Madrid U-21 team. The camp is being held in preparation for the 2019 U-20 World Cup, taking place May 24- June 16, 2019 in Poland.
O’Fallon, Missouri’s Josh Sargent is also among the 25 players called to Spain by coach Tab Ramos.
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