October 10, 2017

Samba FC San Antonio Advances to Semifinals at Texas Cup

SFCSA Communications

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:20 PM CST

Harker Heights, Texas. –  Samba FC San Antonio defeated FC Knights 6-1 Saturday night at Summit Soccer Complex in a debut preliminary knock out round of the TPSL Texas Cup.

It was Samba FC who attacked early and creating opportunities, starting with Abdi Mahdi's 25 yarder striking the post and later a free just sailing over the cross bar by Gordinho

The first two goals for Samba FC San Antonio came within minutes from each other. Jose Alvarez found the back of the net at the 12 minute mark and then Gordinho capitalized from a penalty kick after Mahdi was brought down in the box.

Before the halftime whistle, two more goals were added by Samba FC San Antonio. A header by Mahdi from a corner kick whipped in beautifully by Gordinho and a few minutes later Alvarez would score his second goal assisted by Gordinho. FC Knights would get on the scoreboard, and with their only goal, just before halftime.

The second half started and it was a carbon copy of the first half, with Samba FC San Antonio dominating the play and controlling the tempo. At minute 57' Alvarez connected for his third goal. Giving him his first season hat trick and also the first hat trick in history for Samba FC San Antonio. The sixth and final goal would come from Mahdi in the 66 minute and sealing a victory defeating 6-1 against FC Knights.

The result marks the second time Samba FC San Antonio have defeated FC Knights in a 7-day span, having defeated the rival club 5-2 at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex on TPSL opening day September 30.

The semifinal opponent for Samba FC San Antonio will be known on December 16 at an unknown location determined by a draw. Home field advantage is given to the first two teams who's names are drawn first.

Samba FC San Antonio's next match is home vs Twin Cities, and scheduled for Saturday, Oct 14 at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex. Kick off is at 7:00 pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking is $6.


2018 TPSL Texas Cup (Knock our round)

Samba FC San Antonio - 6

FC Knights - 1

Summit Soccer Complex

Oct 07, 2017

Game Time 5:00 pm

SAMBA FC SAN ANTONIO: Andrew McIlvoy, Alberto Lara (Daniel Rangel), Alfonso Galvan, Joseph Maldonado, Isaiah Shine, Abdi Mahdi, Kevin Guerrero (Eric Ibarra) (Miguel Saldierna), Adrian Villanueva, Cesar Dorado, Gordinho, Jose Alvarez.

Scoring Summary: GFCSA – Jose Alvarez 12', Gordinho 19', Abdi Mahdi 24', Jose Alvarez 36', and 57', Abdi Mahdi 66'.

Bookings: None.

Injury Report: Eric Ibarra - Sprained Ankle.

Substitutes Not Used: Jairo Hernandez, Kevin Rodriguez.


Shots 16

Shots On Goals: 8

Saves: 2

Fouls: 2

Corner Kicks: 7

Offsides: 2.


FC KNIGHTS: Benito Alcozer, Emmanuel House, Ozziel Fernandez (Connor Cummings), Josh Saavedra, Seville Harris, Stephen Dorsey (William Brown), Timothy Brann (Jose Giral), Chris Glynn, Jamaal Mellish, Jeffrey Rash, Nicorey Warren.


Shots: 4

Shots On Goal: 3

Saves: 2

Fouls: 5

Corner Kicks: 1

Offsides: 3



On the match:

“Overall I felt we did some things well. I thought the movement was much better than last game. This time we stayed more committed to the 4-3-3 formation. The forwards are doing their job and scoring and that is a big plus. But I am not happy with the midfield. The first touch has been very loose with turnovers. We are just simply giving away to many balls. The defense was much better today and shut down the passing lanes stoping their forwards."

On whether the team will make any adjustments or roster changes for the game vs Twin Cities FC on Saturday.

"I can't say what it will be but I do plan to make some adjustments to strengthen us. Twin Cities is a very talented team. They control the ball very well and attack strong. Really looking forward to see on how our boys will respond to them on Saturday."