1904 FC Closes Fall Showcase with Home Loss
With a berth in the NISA Western Conference on the line, San Diego 1904 FC played its final 90 minutes of the season against the Los Angeles Force, which resulted in a 2-1 loss for the home team.
The first half was marked by intense pace and hard fought balls by both teams. Alvaro Madrigal-Zavala scored for L.A. from a free kick outside the box at the 31st minute of play.
At the 43rd minute, returning goalie Jean Antoine (#21) was sent off on a controversial call on a one-on-one situation near the edge of the box. A free kick was called as part of that play.. To cover the goal, midfielder Brandon Zambrano (#14) was substituted out for keeper Marcus Norris (#1) immediately after.
With 10 men at the 45th minute, Norris blocked the free kick but a deflection inside the 18-yard box was taken by Madrigal-Zavala to double his team’s lead and personal count for the night.
A free kick awarded to 1904 at the 59th minute resulted in a reckless challenge from Los Angeles goalie Miguel Perez Marin, who violently slammed into San Diego’s Kazuma Suzuki (#36). Moments later, Moe Espinoza (#10) put 1904 FC closer to the visiting team from the penalty spot at the 61st.
Tito Ramirez Jr. (#9) subbed in for Suzuki after the score to refresh the home team’s firepower, but it was not enough. With 10 players on the field, 1904 FC closed out its debut season with a 2-1 loss to the Force.
The win puts Los Angeles ahead of Cal United in the NISA Western Conference standings and secures their place in the conference final, to be held on Sunday, November 10, at Irvine’s Championship Stadium.