All Toros, No Bull: RGVFC run over rival at H-E-B Park

RGVFC took a resounding result in the first South Texas Derby of the season.

As you all know, I was in the Rio Grande Valley for the first time in my 3+ years covering the team this weekend. I witnessed firsthand a 3-1 victory for RGVFC over San Antonio FC on Saturday. Michael Salazar scored a brace after Chuy Enriquez opened the scoring. Ever Guzman pulled one back for the visitors.

RGVFC Toros (4-4-4)

This result proved two things. One, the Toros are a pretty solid side. Two, San Antonio FC have some major issues on the road. But, this not a San Antonio FC recap. I leave the writing about that club to the talented Mr. Check.

Michael Salazar tied the record for most goals in a season for RGVFC with seven (Ruben Luna 2016 & Kyle Murphy 2017). It’s crazy because Luna’s goals came in a remarkable run of just 12 matches down the stretch and Salazar tied his mark in two fewer matches! The attacking trio of Salazar, Maalique Foster, and Chuy is explosive and they can flip the pitch in a hurry. Foster assisted on Salazar’s second goal and has shown an unselfish attitude in the final third for the Toros.

I’d like to extend one big shoutout here to everyone, except my immune system, for making my trip to the Valley special. The club has such amazing people working for it, covering it, and playing for it.

Back to soccer, RGVFC will look to keep the positive form going when they travel to SoCal to face Orange County SC on Saturday.

Top Toros

Player of the Week, Michael Salazar Jr.: Earning a USL Championship Team of the Week spot, Salazar added a pair of goals to his resume during the beginning of this resurgent season. If he continues to gain more confidence, defenses will be in serious trouble against Salazar Jr.

Kyle Adams: The central defender tallied 11 clearances, tied with Conor Donovan, and added a tackle and two interceptions. He also hit on 80% of his passes.

Chuy Enriquez: His goal got things going for the Toros and he also created a chance on the night.

This Week’s Quote-A-Bulls: Kyle Adams & Chuy Enriquez

Both players discuss what the club can do to keep this momentum going.

Chuy: “We just have to keep doing our thing: playing together and finishing our chances. Everything we do, on and off the pitch, is important for us to keep this going.”

Kyle: “Sharing the ball when we have it and giving our attackers opportunities to score. Then, staying compact defensively and limiting the space their creative players have.”

Orange County SC (3-3-6)

Not the start that the 2018 Regular Season Western Conference Champions wanted to get off to. The club sits in the top ten for goals scored and goals conceded. With only three clean sheets in 12 matches, that lack of defensive stability has turned wins into draws and draws into losses.

Aodhan Quinn is following up a 2018 MVP finalist season with another standout campaign. The midfielder has five goals and two assists in ten matches. Darwin Jones has scored five goals as well.

Walker Hume helps control the pace for OCSC from the defense. He has a club-high 536 passes and 35 clearances.

The Particulars

Saturday, 7:30 PM CDT, at Championship Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park

RGVFC at Orange County SC

An Eloise Ending

Sleepy and Snuggly. Photo Credit: AEKM

 

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.