All Toros, No Bull: Another draw at the death vs. Los Dos

For the second time this season, RGVFC were equalized late by Los Dos.

If you’re looking for exciting finishes, the 2019 series of RGVFC vs. LA Galaxy II has provided two. Previously playing to a 4-4 draw in SoCal, the Toros and Los Dos finished all square at two last weekend at H-E-B Park in South Texas.

Former Toro Omar Ontiveros scored the opening goal for Los Dos before Maalique Foster and Michael Salazar put RGV up 2-1. In stoppage time, Ethan Zubak scored the equalizer.

RGVFC Toros (3-4-4)

There was a trend last year that the Toros would concede goals in the last minutes of each half. Unfortunately, we saw that occur last night, despite it not being as big of a trend this season. As I mentioned above, it was the second time this happened against Los Dos this season. As Gerson Echeverry says in the video below from South Texas Border Sports, there seemed to be a lack of concentration and composure in closing the match out.

Romilio Hernandez giveth and taketh away on the first goal for each side on Saturday. He was marking Omar Ontiveros and was beat to the back post, allowing Los Dos to open the scoring. Then, he fired in a picture-perfect cross to Maalique Foster for the first Toros’ goal.

In goal, Nico Corti had a few nervy moments when he didn’t control the ball cleanly. I’m not sure if that’s a side effect of the Houston Dynamo loanees, Tyler Deric and Michael Nelson, taking a lot of the starts at goalkeeper.

Top Toros

Man of the Match Maalique Foster: The speedy Jamaican scored the opening goal for RGVFC and assisted on the other. He was able to create three chances overall.

Isidro Martinez: Like Foster, he finished with three chances created. Martinez completed 87% of his 62 passes.

Michael Salazar: Great composure and skill on the ball for the second goal of the match. He tallied three shots on the day.

This Week’s Quote-A-Bull(s): Wilmer Cabrera Jr. & Victor Garza

Cabrera Jr. on the importance of the SAFC match:

“The games against San Antonio are always extremely important and never easy. The fact that it’s a rivalry makes it more intense and gives everyone a little more incentive to want to win.”

Garza on the rivalry vs. San Antonio:

“Winning a derby is vital for the success of the team. A derby match is like a final, you are there to win them no matter what. This game against SAFC comes at a great point. We need to win to be back in playoff position. It will give the team a boost of motivation and confidence in our ability.”

San Antonio FC (3-5-3)

Much like their rival RGVFC, San Antonio FC have had a very up and down beginning to the season. A perfect example came at the end of April and beginning of May when they won 3-0, then lost 0-3 in back-to-back matches. SAFC played to a 1-1 draw over the weekend against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

Brian Gomez has tallied three goals and three assists for San Antonio. Familiar SAFC faces like Ever Guzman, Billy Forbes, and Matt Cardone are still playing well. Speaking of familiar faces, RGVFC will take on Kai Greene for the first time. The defender played the last three seasons with the Toros before joining San Antonio in the offseason. He’s started every match and leads the club in interceptions, duels won, and tackles won.

The Particulars

Saturday, 5/25, at 7:30 PM CDT

San Antonio FC at RGVFC

An Eloise Ending

Eloise when I told her I’ll be out of town in South Texas over the weekend. Credit: Amy Merk

Author

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.