With 10 men, RGVFC Earn a Hard Fought Draw against San Antonio FC

Alejandro Fuenmayor’s red card in the 31st minute put the Toros up against the wall, but second half heroics from the team earned them a point in San Antonio

Photo Credit: San Antonio FC

San Antonio, TX – RGVFC stunned Toyota Field tonight after coming back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime with 10 men.

In true South Texas Derby fashion, both teams fought hard and exerted high pressure on each other looking to create a mistake and create chances on goal.

However, it was San Antonio FC who struck first in the 14th minute. Moises Hernandez finds Jack Barmby unmarked at the top of the box, and crosses the ball back to him. Barmby sends a first time shot that slots at the base of the far post, impossible for Nico Corti to save.

After the goal, RGVFC looked very disoriented on the pitch with the team trying to send long passes to Michael Salazar hoping that the Belizean could outmuscle the San Antonio defense.

But the game seemed to go much worse for Gerson Echeverry‘s team. In the 31st minute, Alejandro Fuenmayor loses the ball at the top of the box to Frank Lopez, giving him a clear path towards goal. In an attempt to stop the play, Fuenmayor continuously pulls on Frank Lopez, causing him to fall, but the referee waved play on.

Due to this egregious error, Frank Lopez makes an obscene gesture to the referee, causing him to stop the play and show a red card to the Cuban striker.

However, upon being notified by his linesman about his mistake, the referee calls the foul, nullifies the red for Lopez, and sends Alejandro Fuenmayor straight to the showers.

To makes matters worse, San Antonio FC find the second goal of the night right before halftime.

In the 44th minute, Walter Restrepo sends a cross back towards an unmarked Cristian Parano, who sends a first timed, chipped shot that goes over Nico Corti and into the goal.

In the second half, RGVFC entered the game a lot more composed with some tactical adjustments to choke the San Antonio FC attack.

“We came out at halftime, we said no excuses,” mentioned coach Gerson Echeverry. “If we whine, moan, nothing’s gonna get done. We made a couple of adjustments defensively. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t concede goals in the first 10 to 15 minutes.”

With Conor Donovan in the back, the defensive line showed better organization and did not allow Frank Lopez to be able to create damage on Nico Corti‘s goal.

“I thought our centerbacks referenced him really well, starting with Alejandro (Fuenmayor) and (Robert) Castellanos and then later with Conor (Donovan),” Echeverry commented. “We knew that he likes to get behind, he’s extremely powerful, and we wanted to know where he was at all times. I thought the guys were very sharp and very focused, knowing where he was at all times and, fortunately, we were able to slow him down.”

The turning point for the Toros came in the 70th minute, with the substitution of Carlos Small for Michael Salazar. Small brought the team a second wind with his ability to exert pressure on the San Antonio defense.

The plan worked for Gerson Echeverry. In the 75th minute, Carlos Small knocks in a header from an Isidro Martinez corner kick to give the Toros hope of a comeback.

“He (Carlos Small) brought a certain different level of energy. He’s so strong and powerful, and when he wants to run and press and make things happen, he is a handful.”

As Gerson Echeverry perfectly described it, the Toros “smelled blood in the air.” The team continued to create pressure on the San Antonio defense looking for the equalizer.

Five minutes later, the equalizer came on an unfortunate own goal by Ebenezer Ackon.

Eric Bird sends a through ball to Carlos Small but Ebenezer Ackon makes a timely slide tackle to dispossess the panamanian striker. To his bad luck, the ball slides past Matt Cardone and into the goal.

In the end, RGVFC salvaged a point on the road against their bitter rivals and potentially ruined San Antonio‘s chances to win Copa Tejas. For Gerson Echeverry, this result is a sign to the team and to the fans that this team never quits, even when the odds are against them.

“Getting a point on the road anywhere is extremely difficult, especially for us that we’re not very good on the road, and to do it a man down, I’m extremely, extremely proud of these guys.”

While the whole defensive line played well in the derby, Robert Coronado shined with a total of five tackles, two clearances and five interceptions.

The Toros host El Paso Locomotive next Saturday at 7:30pm at H-E-B Park in another crucial Copa Tejas match. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will benefit El Paso victims.

#ElPaSoStrong

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Small, RGVFC Blaze Through the Switchbacks

Carlos Small scores a brace in the Toros’s 3-0 win, ending their 2 game losing streak

Photo credit: Cristian Inoferio/RGVFC

By Edson Ochoa

Edinburg, Tx – RGVFC extended their unbeaten streak at home last Saturday after defeating the Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-0.

After losing three road games on the road in a row, it was essential for the Toros to get the three points at home to maintain playoff hopes in the very competitive Western Conference.

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Maalique Foster’s Future is in the Dynamo’s Hands

Alajualense’s Media Director confirmed today that Houston has the final decision on the Jamaican’s return to Costa Rica

Photo credit: Cristian Inoferio/RGVFC

By Edson Ochoa | With information from La Nacion and Teletica

Alajuela, Costa Rica – Maalique Foster‘s next destination is dependent on the Houston Dynamo, confirmed Ferlin Fuentes, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense‘s media director, in a press conference today.

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RGVFC React To A 3-0 First Half Deficit, but Still Fall Short to Real Monarchs

Carlos Small and Michael Salazar scored for the Toros in the team’s 5-3 loss in Utah

Photo Credit: Real Monarchs

Herriman, UT RGVFC lost their third straight game on the road, this time against the Real Monarchs in a high intensity match between both teams.

There were many changes to the Toros roster for tonight’s match, including the forced inclusion of Nico Lemoine for Maalique Foster who will be playing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Jamaica.

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RGVFC Stun 1st Placed Portland Timbers 2 on the Road

With goals from Wilmer Cabrera Jr. and Carlos Small, the Toros extend their unbeaten streak to 5

Portland, OR – RGVFC made a statement tonight to the rest of the USL, do not sleep on the men from the Rio Grande Valley. Gerson Echeverry‘s team stepped foot on Merlo Field and took away the three points from 1st placed Portland Timbers 2.

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Despite Salazar’s Heroics, RGVFC Drop Two Points at LA Galaxy II

The Belizean forward scores a hat trick, but Los Dos salvage a draw in the last seconds of the match

By Edson J. Ochoa

Carson, CA – RGVFC was looking at a rough schedule coming into tonight’s match. After their 5-2 win over Las Vegas Lights on Saturday, the Toros would have to travel to Los Angeles to play against an explosive LA Galaxy II.

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RGVFC Lose To Sacramento in Second Game at Papa Murphy’s Park

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” -Murphy’s Law.

By: Edson J. Ochoa | @EOchoa_8 & @CargaNaranjaRGV

Disclaimer: Any opinions written on this article are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of RGVFC, their staff, The Stampede Supporter’s Group, or any other persons related to the team.

Humiliation. If there was one word to describe Wednesday’s game against Sacramento, this would be it. Sacramento made RGVFC’s defense look like a Sunday League team. The ease at which the front three attackers for Sacramento created and finished opportunities in front of Angoitia’s goal was troubling to say the least.

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RGVFC Defeats Sounders 2 Despite Shortened Roster

The Toros are momentarily in 5th place in the Western Conference pending results from Swope Park vs Tulsa.

By: Edson J. Ochoa | @EOchoa_8 & @CargaNaranjaRGV

With information from The Monitor’s Saul Berrios-Thomas

RGVFC returned to H-E-B Park looking to earn three points against Seattle Sounders 2, but they had to do it without three key players as Charlie Ward, Jose Escalante, and Kai Greene were preparing with the Houston Dynamo for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action.

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Toros Drop 3 Points at Reno

RGVFC fall 3-2 at Reno 1868. Earned only one point in this 2 game road trip.

By Edson J. Ochoa | @EOchoa_8 & @CargaNaranjaRGV

It was a thrilling game tonight in Reno, but the score went in favor of Reno 1868 at Greater Nevada Field. The Toros came to this game having only conceded 5 goals and had never been scored on more than once in a single game, but in an uncharacteristic display of soccer, RGVFC conceded 3 goals to the USL’s newest hybrid franchise.
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