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Three late goals send San Antonio FC to defeat against Pumas

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On Friday night, San Antonio FC led for 56 of the first 75 minutes against Pumas UNAM’s Liga MX. It was not enough. The Pumas have scored three goals in the final 14 minutes to beat San Antonio FC 4-2.

It was the second time this week that SA FC led 2-1 in a friendly against opponents from La Liga MX before losing 4-2. Tuesday night, Queretaro beat the SAFC.

Both of these games were part of the San Antonio FC International Showcase. This has allowed San Antonio FC to gain experience for several of its players against teams from the top Mexican league. Despite failing in both games, San Antonio FC coach Alen Marcina was optimistic as SAFC return to the USL Championship.

“Our future is very bright. We have a model here. Our U16 and U17 teams play the same as our first team, ”said Marcina. “Having the opportunity to compete in front of our fans against two Liga MX teams are memories that will last forever.”

San Antonio was the first to score. In the 10th minute, Marcus Epps directed the ball towards the Pumas’ goal and found an open Nathan Fogaca making a run. Fogaca ran for the ball and slid it into the net.

The pumas were quick to respond. In the 13th minute, Pumas midfielder Amaury Garcia benefited from a rebound from San Antonio FC goalkeeper Carlos Mercado. Garcia shot the ball into the net to tie the score at 1.

San Antonio passes in front 10 minutes later. In the 23rd minute, SAFC defender Jasser Khmiri steered the ball into the goal on a corner from Emil Cuello.

“In these games you have to clearly see the identity and style of play of our club,” said Epps. “I see great potential. “

At halftime, SAFC replaced nine of the 11 starters. Only Mercado and Cuello remained in the second half. A total of 21 SAFC players faced the Pumas on Friday night.

SAFC held onto the 2-1 lead until the 76th minute, when Pumas forward Juan Dinneno tied the score at 2 with a back kick that passed Mercado in goal. Dinenno added a second goal four minutes later to give the Pumas a 3-2 lead.

In the 90th minute, midfielder Washington Corozo steered the ball to a corner to give the Pumas their last goal of the night.

The Pumas will stay in San Antonio for one more game in the SAFC International Showcase. Pumas will play their other Liga club MX Queretaros on Monday. This match will be played at Toyota Field and will start at 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio FC return to USL on July 17 to face Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. This match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

San Antonio FC’s next home game is on July 21. New Mexico United will head to Toyota Field that evening for a kick-off at 8:30 p.m.


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