The Orange County Blues participated in a back-and-forth affair at Toyota Field on Thursday against San Antonio FC, but they could not hang on for a result, losing 3-2 to the hosts.
The game featured three lead changes, with San Antonio taking the early edge, courtesy of a 16th-minute Michael Reed goal. But just as the Blues looked like they would enter the break down, defender Roy Meeus scored on a wormburner from the edge of the box just before halftime to tie the game up.
Then, the Blues had the better start to the second half, and Didier Crettenand unleashed a rocket from just outside the box in the 50th minute to give OC the lead.
For a time, it looked like the Blues would see out the victory, but it slipped from their grasp, as goals in the 73rd minute from Franck Tayou and in the 80th minute from Milton Palacios brought SAFC back and gave them the lead.
Obviously dropping a lead is never a great thing, but the Blues did well to play themselves out of a cold spell to start the match. In addition, with this being the second of three games in eight days and with three regulars suspended, Blues head coach Oliver Wyss brought some fresh faces in the lineup, and the group played pretty well as a whole throughout the night. They are still trying to find consistency as a team this season, but they aren't far off of doing the two or three things necessary to kick off a winning streak in earnest.
The result gives San Antonio their first-ever winning streak as a club, while the Blues have a short turnaround in Texas before they face Rio Grande Valley FC on Sunday.
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