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RECAP: TEXAS UNITED SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT OF SEASON AGAINST CORPUS CHRISTI FC
Grand Prairie, Texas - Texas United returned home to AirHogs Stadium in a rematch against Corpus Christi FC on Monday, June 4th. Despite beating the visitors 4-2 just a week ago, Corpus Christi FC handed Texas United its first defeat of the season with the score finishing 1-5 at the final whistle.
The match started off on the right foot with Julio Vargas giving Texas United the initial goal of the game in the 7th minute. However, Corpus Christi FC took over from there, with former Texas United player Patricio Botello scoring three goals in the 34th, 39th, and 68th minute. Botello’s hat trick was followed up by a goal from Ty Mobley in the 76th minute and Adrian Villanueva in the 79th minute.
Head coach Arez Ardalani shared his thoughts on the match. “The attacking part of our game was strong as usual,” Ardalani said. “The weaknesses came on our defensive line. We made too many mistakes, especially in our defensive third, and to be honest it was something we were never able to fix during halftime,” he continued.
Jorge Barrientos, a forward for Texas United, was able to share his perspective on the match. “We started off strong and took the lead. Then we couldn’t get out of the back, and it just kept going on until the second half,” he said. Barrientos continued, “We just couldn’t hold onto their pressure, so they just kept putting one after another in.”
Despite the defeat, Ardalani and Barrientos are optimistic moving forward. Barrientos said, “A way that we can come back and start rebounding is to just come back and show up to practice every day focused on our main goal and staying on top.” Likewise, Ardalani said, “I am very glad this happened. It’s best to do that now versus later in playoffs.” Ardalani said he and the team can use this as a learning experience for upcoming games. “This is the game we have to analyze. We have to analyze it, dissect it, see what went wrong, and fix it,” he said.
Even though Corpus Christi handed Texas United its first defeat of the season, the team continues to sit at the top of the Mid-South Division, topping Corpus Christi FC by goal differential. The Texas United players get a much needed break before the team’s next match against AHFC Royals in Tully Stadium on June 15th. The AHFC Royals currently sit third in the Mid-South Division with nine points and a record of 3-2-0. Texas United returns home on June 23rd with a rematch against FC Cleburne.