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For San Antonio FC fans, its hard to complain about four points through two games. A win in Seattle and a draw at home puts San Antonio in the 7th spot on the Western table, though every team above them except 6th place Colorado Springs has played more matches than San Antonio.
Los Dos will be a challenge. At the top of the Western table, LA has 8 points through 4 games, 9 goals for, and a differential of +5. Though they took a tumble in the USL power rankings after a 1-1 draw with fellow Southern California club Orange County Blues FC, Los Dos is still a formidable offensive opponent.
Match Details: Game three. StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. Carson, CA. Kickoff at 9:30pm Central
Keys for SAFC: Contain Jack McBean. If the California native plays, SAFC must contain the forward and not allow him to add to his three goals already scored this season. On the other side of the ball, Moseley, Alvarez, Rafa, and Cochrane need to continue the progress shown in the home opener. The left side and midfield worked very well to get the ball forward in control instead of chipping it to JJ excessively.
Player To Watch: Carlos Alvarez has established himself as a key to the SAFC midfield. While he doesn’t have a goal of his own yet, he was key in many of the chances created in the previous match. I expect that to continue in his hometown this week.
Official SAFC Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ford (c); Palacios, McCarthy, Okiomah, Cochrane; Castillo, Reed; Sanchez, Alvarez, Chin; Johnson
(A note about projected starting XI’s is that they are mandated by USL to be included in the team-provided media guides. While a projection is required, sticking to that projection is not. We could see some changes when the time comes.)
Pitch Black Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ford (c); Palacios, McCarthy, McBride, Cochrane; Reed, Castillo; Sanchez, Alvarez, Moseley; Johnson
Similar to the home opener starting XI, though I predict Manolo will get the start over Garcia. Garcia scored the lone goal in the last match, but left a few chances on the table. Against a tough Los Dos side, I expect Coach Powell to give the more experienced Manolo Sanchez first crack at that position.
Score Prediction: San Antonio FC 2-1 Los Dos. Call me a homer, but San Antonio FC has given no indication of having a scoring problem this season. If they’re able to at least slow down McBean and the high powered Los Dos offense, they can start this road trip with 3 points.