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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting San Antonio FC

SAFC comes to Frisco for a friendly match with FCD

San Antonio FC is in the final week of preseason before the start of the USL regular season on March 27. FC Dallas welcomes them, and welcomes the opportunity to give the reserves some much needed playing time.

The match starts at 10am (CST) and will take place on AdvoCare Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, TX and will be open to the public free of charge.

Potential Line-ups

SAFC have mostly used the same line-up through most of their preseason. They have most of the starters back from last season’s team, but are introducing 4 new starters.

San Antonio FC (4-5-1)

GK: Matt Cardone; LB: Greg Cochrane; CB: Sebastien Ibeagha, Cyprian Hedrick; RB: Ben Newman; CM: Michael Reed, Pecka, Devin Vega; LW: Rafa Castillo; RW: Tyrpak; ST: Cesar Elizondo

FC Dallas (4-5-1)

GK: Jesse Gonzalez; LB: Aaron Guillen; CB: Walker Hume, Atiba Harris; RB: Reggie Cannon; CM: Carlos Cermeño, Jacori Hayes, Tesho Akindele; LW: Adonijah Reid; RW: Coy Craft; ST: Cristian Colman

Key Matchup:

Reggie Cannon vs. Rafa Castillo

Reggie Cannon will likely get the nod at RB, with Grana having just gone the full 90 against the Revs. He’ll be tasked with controlling the right side defense and generating some offense from the right side, specially if FCD experiments with formations and he’s moved to RWB at some point.

SAFC relies on the veteran Castillo for both offense and leadership, and he will likely be the “point of the spear” as SAFC tries to overload his side of the field to exploit a rookie (Cannon) starting on that side.

Three things to look for:

Players with Local Ties

Former FCD Academy 18-year old player Devin Vega is locked in a wide open battle for the starting position at Central Attacking Midfielder. He’s either started and been subbed off at half time, or he’s been subbed in to start the second half in every SAFC preseason game played so far.

Centerback Stephen McCarthy is the first sub off the bench on defense, and will likely see time in the second half. McCarthy spent his youth academy years playing for the Dallas Texans (1999-2006), and played for local PDL side DFW Tornados(2009) while attending North Carolina.

The Next Homegrown

It should be noted that FC Dallas still has two open roster spots. One of those spots is reserved for a Homegrown Player. Pareja loves to play the FCD Academy kids in these kind of friendlies, and it would be a great opportunity for one of them to state their case for a pro contract. Expect at least two academy kids to see action, and don’t be surprised if more than five academy kids get a look.

Future Loanees

Pareja will go with a reserve line-up, and will likely substitute heavily. This would be the wrong game to look bad in. The players that show well, will have made their case for more minutes this season. The players that struggle, could find themselves playing for the Oklahoma City Energy before long.