Second Half Scoring Boosts RGVFC
Last week, RGVFC entered the 75th minute down 2-0 on the road vs. LA Galaxy II. Fast forward ten minutes and somehow the scoreline was 3-3. Michael Salazar came off the bench to score in the 77th and 79th minute before Carlos Small added one of his own in the 83rd minute. Rather than settle for the surprise draw, RGVFC pushed forward and Salazar secured a hat trick to put the visitors up 4-3 in stoppage time. In the final moments of the match, Kai Koreniuk scored his second goal of the night to salvage a point for Los Dos.
In their second midweek match in two weeks, Wilmer Cabrera Jr. scored his second goal of the season, burying a chance in the box off of an Isidro Martinez free kick delivery. His goal within the first ten minutes would hold until the 71st minute last night when Mo Jadama leveled things. Again, not sitting back accepting the result, RGVFC pushed forward and Carlos Small buried a chance
Dynamo Theory’s Man of the Week Michael Salazar Jr.: The striker scored a hat trick off the bench for RGVFC vs. Los Dos and was a central attacking figure again vs. T2. He’s showcased the ability to hold up play and find the right pass or area to move into. Salazar Jr. earned a spot in the USL Championship’s Team of the Week.
Carlos Small: He scored twice in two matches, both in big moments. His goal vs. Los Dos leveled things in regulation and his goal vs. Timbers 2 proved to be the match winner.
Maalique Foster: His pace and unselfishness make him tough to stop. While Salazar Jr. got the headlines, the Jamaican had a noticeable impact off the bench vs. Los Dos, opening the match up and registering an assist. Against T2, he nearly set up Salazar again and had
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After a tough beginning to the season, RGVFC now are unbeaten in five straight matches, including three wins. I would contend this is the most dangerous attacking unit in Toros’ history. With pace and skill aplenty with Salazar, Foster, Chuy Enriquez, and Carlos Small, the club can score in a blink.
I am loving the Isidro Martinez-Romilio Hernandez pairing in the midfield. Isidro continues to showcase a natural playmaking ability, whether that’s from the run of play or on set pieces. Romilio has been stout defensively, tallying at least four tackles in each match over the past week.
Tyler Deric allowed five goals across both matches on loan with the Toros.
Now sitting fourth in the Western Conference, RGVFC will be off until 5/10 when they face Phoenix Rising FC.