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SAFC’s road woes continue

May 6, 2019

Playing on the road, and especially finding success there, has this season been San Antonio FC’s albatross. The trend continued Sunday.

New Mexico United scored during the early stages of both halves and smacked SAFC 3-0 in a United Soccer League contest before 15,023 at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M.

SAFC (3-5-1) dropped to 0-4 on the road. The Alamo City club has been outscored 8-2 away from home and has been shut out three times. It was the fourth time the local team has conceded three goals in a game.

“It’s a tough day for us, especially when you have a group like we do,” SAFC defender Joshua Yaro said. “This is a big loss, and it’s the first time this season that we feel we were outplayed. Overall, it’s tough. But as a team, we need to learn from it, look at what we did right and wrong, and build from there.”

In the first meeting between the squads, New Mexico United (4-1-5) scored twice in four minutes early in the second half to blow open the contest.

Midfielder Chris Wehan led the way, putting in a pass from forward Santi Moar to make it 2-0 in the 59th minute. Wehan concluded the scoring in the 63rd minute, when he ran onto a pass from forward Kevaughn Frater near midfield, made an unchallenged 20-yard run and easily beat SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone 1-on-1 to the right post.

New Mexico, undefeated at home and first in the Western Conference, led 1-0 at halftime as forward Devon Sandoval tapped in a pass from Frater only nine minutes into the contest.

“New Mexico took full advantage of the chances they presented themselves with, and when they scored the second goal, the momentum continued to be in their favor,” SAFC coach Darren Powell said. “Our players are bitterly disappointed, but we need to put this behind us and prepare for next weekend.”

The loss came after SAFC appeared to have found its stride in recent weeks, winning three of four contests — including last week’s 3-0 decision vs. Tacoma Defiance — after a 0-3-1 start.

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