San Diego, CA–Alejandro Guido has made it known. The San Diego Loyal SC midfielder has a vast interest for cuisine. He’s often sharing moments when he’s spoiling the palate in company with his wife or family.
He’s also into dancing.
At least that’s what he showed as he rotated and twirled his hips Saturday night at Torero Stadium at USD. The Chula Vista, CA. native danced in celebration after scoring a goal and assisting in SD Loyal’s 2-1 win against visiting Sacramento Republic FC.
It was part of a night that left Guido with his fifth goal of the season and an assist on his way to helping SD Loyal to three more points in the Pacific Division standings as coach Landon Donovan’s team continues its path towards a playoff spot.
Guido maneuvered his way through defenders to get in position to receive a pass from Corey Hertzog. Guido turned his hips and set himself to fire a right-footed blast low and just inside the left post. Sacramento Republic goalkeeper Carlos Saldana. Guido was looking for that side of the net three minutes earlier when he sent a left-footed low-rolling shot. But Saldana was there to pounce on it for the save.
Guido busted out with some moves from just outside the penalty box after his goal tied the Week 25 USL Championship match 1-1 in the 54th minute.
“That was really special. I am going to remember that the rest of my life,” Guido said about his goal. “I hope we can do many more and I hope we can do it in the playoffs.”
And what about the moves. Salsa or Merengue?
“Salsa, baby,” Guido said about the dance.
Guido wouldn’t say more about the dance but he would not remain quiet during the rest of the match. He went on to have a foot in the game-winning goal. He helped set up Douglas Martinez Jr. with a score in the 57th minute.
Martinez Jr., who came on as a second half sub and later left due to a injury, rolled in a low ball. The Honduran midfielder took a rolling pin-point pass from Guido from about 20 yards out and sprinted into the penalty box. He shed the Sacramento goalkeeper with another touch and made his way around Saldana to send in his first goal with SD Loyal.
“He is fine, he took a shot to the leg. But he is fine,” Donovan said about Martinez Jr. “He played very good. It is very important for us to have someone like him come off the bench. He was very important to help us, and he played very well.”
The pair of SD Loyal (14-10-4, 46 points) goals came at a point in the match in which Donovan subbed in Martinez Jr. and began to send his lines again. Donovan’s team spent most of the first half pressuring Sacramento. On the flip side, the visitors spent a significant part of the first 45 minutes defending in its own territory, looking for a counterattack.
Sacramento came out of its bunker later in the first half and it found the net. Sacramento Republic took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when Dariusz Formella beat SD Loyal goalkeeper Austin Guerrero.
Formella sprinted up field after taking a ball by Shannon Gomez on the left side, shedding SD Loyal defender Elijah Martin and entered the penalty box. He didn’t waste his chance and fired a low shot underneath a diving Guerrero’s right arm, just inside the right post.
The Sacramento scoring play came at a time in the match in which the visitors began to shift into attacking mode. Coach Mark Briggs’ team spent the first 25 minutes defending in its territory, looking for a counterattack opportunity as SD Loyal pressured and pushed its lines up.
Donovan settled for changing his lines late in the match, making a triple substitution in the 83rd minute to help secure the three points. Guido was part of the trio of players that subbed off. He was sent off with cheers from the sold out crowd of more than 6,000, applauding with his hands above his head.
SD Loyal remains in second place in the Pacific Division with four regular season matches remaining. The Loyal moved closer to securing a second place finish farther ahead of third place Orange County after the Orange County 4-1 loss to Tacoma on Saturday night.
“It is important to get to the playoffs for the first time in our history but it’s also important to hold a playoff game here at Torero,” Donovan said. “We need it for our players and our fans and that is why we are pushing a lot to reach that goal. It was a good night for us. We won and Orange County lost and that puts as closer to that goal.”
Donovan’s team will next host New Mexico United in an interconference match Sunday Oct. 17.
0-1: SAC (30’) Dariusz Formella (Assist: Shannon Gomez)
1-1: SD (54’) Alejandro Guido (Assist: Corey Hertzog)
2-1: SD (57’) Douglas Martinez Jr. (Assist: Alejandro Guido)
SD Loyal -1. Austin Guerrero, 33. Callum Montgomery (53’-27. Douglas Martinez Jr. 83’- 2. Morgan Hackworth), 28. Blake Bodily, 5. Grant Stoneman, 14. Josh Yaro 3. Elijah Martin, 24. Miguel Ibarra (90+- 20. Gianfranco Facchineri), 17. Collin Martin, 10. Alejandro Guido (83’- 6. Charlie Adams), 21. Corey Hertzog, 11. Tumi Moshobane (83’- 9. Ben Spencer). (Coach: Landon Donovan.
Sacramento Republic 1. Carlos Saldana, 2. Shannon Gomez, 3. Hayden Sargis, 5. Dan Casey, 14. Markhus Lacroix, 8. Petteri Pennane, 28. Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, 10. Dariusz Formella, 9. Kharlton, Belmar, 23. Mario Penagos, 17. Jerome Kiesewetter. Coach: Mark Briggs