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Sounders FC 2 at San Antonio FC, recap: Sounders drop points in frustrating road loss

Having a good referee might not have saved S2, but it certainly wouldn’t have hurt.

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Things looked good for Sounders FC 2 as they began play at Toyota Field, but as the game went on the team started to wear down. They had trouble breaking through San Antonio’s defense early on, and ended up ceding possession to the home side as they searched for chances via riskier and riskier opportunities. Despite a few wayward opportunities in the second half, the Sounders were never able to get back into the flow of the game losing 1-nil.

San Antonio scored in the match’s 51st minute when midfielder Rafa Castillo slipped behind Tony Alfaro and lost his marker, Nouhou Tolo, to receive a pass. He finished strongly. San Antonio had a number of other opportunities throughout the match, including a dangerous free kick in the 83rd minute that went just wide of the goal. Why the free kick had been called on Tony Alfaro earlier was unclear, since it was he who had received a two handed shove from forward Franck Tayou.

This is why Hugo Garcia is running Sounder at Heart today

Referee Kyle Phillips refused to pull out any cards during the match, and was hesitant to call even clear cut fouls. He also had a few questionable offsides decisions, including a run from Nouhou Tolo in the 82nd minute that very easily could have resulted in a Sounders goal.

As frustrated as the Sounders’ were with the ref, they certainly should have been just as frustrated with themselves for not finishing opportunities. Myron Samuel saw a shot go just wide of the post in the 61st minute, and Victor Mansaray had an unmarked header in the 84th that he hit softly into the hands of the keeper.

New signing Irvin Parra offered a bright spot in the game, as he dribbled well throughout the match and showed a threatening amount of strength. It will be interesting to see how he integrates into the team in the coming months.

Today’s result sent San Antonio rocketing into eighth place, and left S2 staring up from twelfth. If the Sounders want to make the playoffs they’ll have to garner a number of results from their coming games.

This post is brought to you by Hugo Garcia (@MiVidaSeattle) who won an auction to run Sounder at Heart for a day.