The RGV FC Toros travel to Merlo Field, on the campus of the University of Portland, this evening for a midweek clash with Portland Timbers 2.
RGV enters the game with a four-game unbeaten streak after last Wednesday’s thrilling 4-4 draw in Carson, Calif. against Los Angeles Galaxy II. The Toros trailed 2-0 going into the final 15 minutes of the game until forward Michael Salazar scored a brace in a two-minute span. Forward Carlos Small followed with a go-ahead goal after he cleaned up a shot from midfielder Jesus Enriquez that deflected off both the Galaxy goalkeeper and crossbar. Salazar finished with a hat trick after a lunging effort to capitalize on a ball from Enriquez to defender Conor Donovan inside the box.
With the draw, the Toros have earned eight points from their last four games while scoring 11 goals. RGV can expect defensive reinforcement this evening as Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric and defender Kevin Garcia join the side on loan for the match.
RGV face a T2 squad that currently sit in first place in the USL Championship Western Conference. The Timbers enter tonight’s match with their own four-game unbeaten streak after they drew 3-3 with New Mexico United last Friday.
Garcia and the Toros defense will need to keep an eye on Eryk Williamson, who leads the team with five assists this season. Forward Foster Langsdorf leads the team in goals with three, and three players follow the 23-year-old with two goals apiece. On the other end of the pitch, RGV’s offense will need to get past goalkeeper Jake Leeker who has tallied 23 saves this season, the fourth most in the Western Conference this season.
The midweek match will be streamed live beginning at 9:00 p.m. CT on ESPN 3. RGV is off this weekend and return to action on May 10 as they visit Phoenix Rising FC.