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Sellout Crowd Sees SAFC Draw with Santos Laguna

By Staff, 07/09/17, 12:57AM EDT


8,007 fans on hand at Toyota Field for San Antonio’s first international exhibition

Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC played to a 1-1 draw against Liga MX’s Club Santos Laguna in front of a sellout crowd of 8,007 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night in SAFC’s first-ever international exhibition. Santos went on to defeat SAFC 4-3 in a penalty shootout on a memorable night for fans in Alamo City.

“This game was an important part of our season,” said SAFC Assistant Coach Andy Thomson. “Obviously, it was an international friendly, but it was the first for our club. I think the players did very well. They worked as a unit and were compact, and we couldn’t ask anything more from them. It was a pleasure to play such a prestigious opponent.”

SAFC opened the scoring in the 18th minute when midfielder Billy Forbes dribbled past a defender and buried a low shot past Santos goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo. Forbes currently leads San Antonio FC with six goals and four assists in USL play.

Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC

Santos leveled the score in the 68th minute when Emiliano Armentaros found the end of a pass from Oscar Manzanarez and sneaked it past Diego Restrepo to make it 1-1. Restrepo earned SWBC Man of the Match honors after recording seven saves on the night, as well as saving one penalty during the shootout.

The match marks the second-highest attendance at a San Antonio FC match this season and third-highest overall in the club’s history. SAFC has now recorded four sellouts at Toyota Field in franchise history, including its Toyota Field record-setting attendance of 8,466 at the team’s inaugural home opener on April 9, 2016.

San Antonio FC will return to league action on Friday, July 14 as it hosts OKC Energy FC at Toyota Field at 8 p.m. CT in the USL Game of the Week. The match will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

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