Saves Secure Shutout
Nico Corti came up big for RGVFC last week and helped the club earn a 0-0 draw at home. In a rare midweek, morning match, Reno 1868 FC couldn’t beat the Toros’ rookie goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the Toros didn’t have much in the attack heading the other direction, even with Eric Bird down on loan from the Houston Dynamo. Luis Gil also made an appearance on loan in the second half.
At home, RGVFC was outpossessed and outshot by Reno. Without a top notch goalkeeping performance like they got from Corti, the Toros would have lost. After a solid win over Orange County the week before, this offensive output from the club was a big regression. They need to be more consistent in the attack and find new ways to create chances.
Dynamo Theory’s Man of the Match Nico Corti: What a performance! The Stanford grad made five saves on five shots faced. Without Corti’s effort, the club easily could have lost this match.
Todd Wharton: RGVFC’s captain did his job, per usual. He completed 92% of 48 passes and won three fouls. When the club’s able to hold possession, it’s largely due to Wharton.
Manny Padilla: The rookie right back has been impressive in his first couple starts. He had a team-high 71 touches and had five successful tackles. He is establishing himself as a solid starting option for Gerson Echeverry.
Chuy Enriquez discusses the importance of getting points in this two-match week:
“It’s really important. For one, we owe an away win to our fans and ourselves. In the other match, it’s a derby and it’s at home, so we have no choice but to win that one.”
The Good Guys: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (1-3-3)
While the attack is still a work in progress, the RGVFC defense seems to be rounding into form. The back line of Padilla, Conor Donovan, Omar Ontiveros, and Kyle Adams has back to back clean sheets. With Nico Corti playing well behind them, the Toros could rely on a staunch defense and solid goalkeeping like they did back in the 2016 season.
In the attack, it’s about capitalizing. There are explosive players like Chuy Enriquez and Zach Wright, and they need to combine with primary striker Aldo Quintanilla to turn their chances into goals. Matias Zaldivar and the rest of the attacking midfielders can help create those opportunities, but it’s up to the forwards to convert them.
The Bad Guys: Fresno FC (2-2-5), San Antonio FC (3-2-3)
Fresno enters Wednesday’s match with zero wins in their past five attempts. They lost away from home to San Antonio this past weekend. Jemal Johnson leads the club in goals with four. Former Tulsa Roughnecks star Juan Pablo Caffa is the engine that drives the Foxes. He has created a team-high 18 chances and the Toros will need to take away his space and make him uncomfortable all night. If they don’t, he can take over a match by himself.
San Antonio will come to town feeling good. They’ve won their last two matches, over Las Vegas and Fresno. After struggling to score in their first few matches, they’ve buried five goals in their last two outings. Jose Escalante, the former Dynamo and Toros winger, is rounding into form with SAFC and Diego Restrepo is still a monster in goal. RGVFC will need to be disciplined at the back and not allow their South Texas rival to burn them on the counter.
The Dirty Details
TONIGHT, 9PM CDT
RGVFC at Fresno FC
SATURDAY, 7:30PM CDT
San Antonio FC at RGVFC