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Toros drop another on the road

Small scores but still some set piece defending woes.

Christian Inoferio

RGV FC Toros took another loss on the road this time to the Las Vegas Lights 2-1 at Cashman Field. The game’s first goal came off a corner kick as Irvin Parra found Gabe Robinson for a 1-0 advantage for the home side.

Toros were able to even the score in the 26th minute. Carlos Small received a great ball from Eric Bird, who had been loaned down from the Dynamo, and scored the ball right past the keeper.

Before the first half ended, Las Vegas would score once again as Parra potted a pass from Jose Villarreal to make it 2-1.

During the second half, RGV would press for an equalizer and their best opportunity came in the 88th minute as the Toros earned a foul just outside the penalty box. The effort was missed. The loss extends to five road games lost in a row.

Three Takeways vs Las Vegas

  1. Set piece defending. The last time they faced each other Las Vegas scored twice via set pieces in their meeting at H-E-B Park. This time it happened early in the match off a corner kick that opened the scoring.
  2. Concentration after scoring. Eerie similar to defending set pieces, the Toros have a difficult time after scoring. Both issues plagued the Toros all of last season well even this season the same issues arise in the worst way possible.
  3. Carlos Small finally finding his touch? While I fancied him to break the scoring drought it seems that form has Heckyll and Jive form lately the Toros will have to count on him even more as there is no Maalique Foster or Michael Salazar (Should not be with Houston/More on that in a future article).

Up Next for RGV FC

While the loss to Las Vegas pushes RGV further away from the playoff race, a home game at H-E-B park against Reno 1868 FC on August 3rd. At the moment Reno is one of two Western Conference leaders in the USL Championship standings.