The Scorpions opened the Fall season with last’s week monstrous defeat to visiting Tampa Bay. Everyone was embarrassed – not by the outcome – but by how the team lost a big lead at home in front of their fans. They have been motivated all week and look to redeem themselves. It will be disappointing to see any change to the starting lineup. Despite the loss, it is those same players that must prove to the league, their fans, and each other that last week was a fluke.
Today’s game is away to FC Edmonton who also lost last week in Carolina. FC Edmonton’s stingy defense continued in that game but Carolina was able to score one goal in the first half and hold on for the win. The Eddies have a good home record, however, only losing one NASL game in Edmonton all of 2013. Almost two-thirds of their goals for the year have been in front of their home fans and they will be looking to continue that trend when they face the Scorpions tonight. Last time San Antonio traveled to Canada, they lost 0 – 1 with a penalty kick in the first half enough for FC Edmonton to secure all three points.
San Antonio were at the bottom of the table until last night’s other NASL games that saw Fort Lauderdale (next opponent August 17) slip below adding their seventh game to a winless streak dating back to the Spring season. With each of the top teams earning only draws in week two, the Scorpions have an opportunity to stay on pace with a victory of their own.
“We are looking at this trip to Edmonton as a chance to get back on track and start collecting three points. We were disappointed in the loss to Tampa Bay…but we have to put that behind us…and we are going there looking to come home with a win.” – Coach Tim Hankinson
Every player has hopefully put the season opener behind them because the Scorpions cannot afford a slow start to the Fall season similar to the one seen earlier this Spring. The Scorpions high-profile attack will be bolstered this game with new signing Borja Rubiato available off the bench. With Fabrice Noel out with an injury and Esteban Bayona coming off an injury, expect to see Hans Denissen up top once again with Tomasz Zahorski. Each striker scored two goals last week against Tampa Bay and Denissen still holds the league lead even with the three games completed last night.
They will need to continue their scoring but more important is the defense boarding up the holes that allowed seven goals in 90 minutes of play. Substitute Stephen DeRoux did not make the trip for this game after injuring his ankle earlier in the week. The defense surely has something to prove in this game but every player must fight for the ball the entire game to earn the win.
“It’s always tough to play in Edmonton.” Janicki knows the truth. FC Edmonton always have the advantage when playing at home. The Scorpions will be looking to give the Eddies their second home defeat in 2013. The weather conditions will be perfect – the high only 79° – compared to the stifling 100° weather we’ve seen in San Antonio all month. Remember the game time starts at 3pm Central. You are welcome to join the Crocketteers Watch Party at sponsor Lion & Rose Pub (Park North location). Come cheer your Scorpions on to victory! FC Edmonton 1 – 3 Scorpions.