Toros Beat OKC By Three
In the second matchup already this season, RGVFC topped OKC, 3-0, at H-E-B Park. The match always seemed to belong to the Toros, as they had an advantage in shots on goal 8 to 1. Eric Bird scored before the 10th minute even hit. Joe Holland played him through on a breakaway, where he faked a shot, and calmly went past the keeper for a nice goal. Holland followed up his first pro assist with his first professional goal. Emilio Garcia swung a cross to the far post. Taylor Hunter did a great job of keeping it in, heading the ball towards Holland. He struck the ball off the volley, after a defender attempting to head the ball clear. His left footed finish made it 2-0.
Jose Escalante added the exclamation mark in the second half. He ran onto a long ball forward, out-muscled a defender, and tapped one past the GK. Calle Brown was great in goal, making one big save, and otherwise controlling the area.
Dynamo Theory’s Man of the Match: Joe Holland: On loan from the Dynamo, Holland made a huge impact in his second appearance. He assisted on Bird’s opening goal, and scored one of his own later on. The Englishman earned a spot on the USL’s Team of the Week.
Kai Greene: The speedy fullback has been getting more and more comfortable swinging in crosses. He also made a couple great, last second defensive plays.
Eric Bird: Just as he did last year, Bird is really making a name for himself. He has been one of the most consistent players this season, and showed great composure on his goal.
Charlie Ward on what Joe Holland brings to the club: “He brings energy to the team in the number 10 position, and he is technically a good player as shown by his goal, which he took really well. I hope it's the first of many for him, and that he can help this team push towards winning this league”
The Good Guys: Rio Grande Valley Vipers (3-3-0)
It was an all around great win for the Toros against OKC. They dominated the match, and were able to beat a quality goalkeeper in Cody Laurendi, three times. They’re defense has been good, but the offense will be the key to turning 1-0 losses into 3-0, or 3-1 victories.
Holland adds some attacking versatility to the club, and Bird’s been great all year. Ivan Magalhaes has been another player to step up big time. One guy fans, along with myself, would like to see more of, is TJ Casner. The tall, talented winger has not seen much match time, expect as a late substitute like he was against OKC. He played very well for the Dynamo in preseason action, and in my opinion, deserves more time.
RGVFC won’t be in action again until May 13th, when they face off with Swope Park Rangers at H-E-B Park.