The San Antonio Scorpions are coming off a much needed bye week after having a short preseason schedule. The extra time was spent creating the team chemistry that has been sorely lacking at the beginning of this season. The Scorpions were lucky to get a point in our first game this season but Tampa Bay showed many holes in the Scorpions’ game that have hopefully been addressed. The Rowdies spoiled the Toyota Field home opener two weeks ago when a sold-out crowd of 8,177 witnessed last year’s Soccer Bowl Champions easily outplay last season’s Regular Season Champion.
Today, the Scorpions will face off against another team near the bottom of the table after three weeks of NASL Spring action in FC Edmonton. Both FC Edmonton and the Scorpions have one point going into tomorrow’s game but the Eddies have played one more game. Last season, the Scorpions had an impressive record against FC Edmonton going undefeated in four games winning two. However, both games away to Canada ended in a tie. FC Edmonton also just completed a midweek game versus MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps in the Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) where the Eddies lost a heart-breaker. After leading most of the game, the Whitecaps scored twice in the final minutes to take the first leg victory in that tournament by a score of 3-2.
Hans Dennisen was glad to have the week off. The team was disappointed with their showing in the first game at Toyota Field and everyone is looking for the Scorpions’ first win of the season. “Its always good to have a bye week to get the squad into shape,” Dennisen said. “We played a lot of intra-squad games, which is a good way to get to know each other, change some things and to find loopholes in your game to fix.” All 8,177 fans inside the new stadium and those watching at home on the KSAT 12 coverage hope all of those loopholes have been fixed.
FC Edmonton has already scored four goals this season (including the two in their ACC tournament) and have looked threatening in all four games. They are close to winning their first game of the season and it could come against the goalless San Antonio Scorpions. Every Scorpions’ player will need to improve over their performance against Tampa Bay in order to come back to San Antonio with any points from this game. Hopefully the Scorpions can take advantage of the fact that FC Edmonton played only four days ago and may not be fully rested from that match.
Our board members had this to say:
Jakob Willmann (At Large Board Member): Edmonton may be coming off a loss to MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps, but the game was very close. The Scorpions will have to work hard to bring home 3 points. Hopefully the team can find the cohesiveness they have been lacking. Go Scorpions!
Linda Martinez (Treasurer): I have not been impressed so far. We need to come back with the win and move into our home game next week on a high.
FC Edmonton is likely to get that first victory they have been searching for this weekend despite the tired legs. The Scorpions are still looking for that player who is going to take over the goal scoring responsibilities. Until someone steps forward, it will be a rough season. FC Edmonton 1 – 0 Scorpions.