The San Antonio Scorpions lost to rivals Minnesota United FC last week picking up their seventh loss of the Fall season. That also means the Scorpions will finish the season having lost at least 50% of their games. The Scorpions didn’t have the best start to last week’s game maintaining little possession against the aggressive MNUFC players. The Scorpions were called for fouls several times as they tried to match the fast pace of their counterparts. As time passed, more and more outside runs were made and a few well-timed counterattacks showed promise. Denissen had a golden opportunity after a corner kick bounced in the six yard box but the shot went straight at the flailing goalkeeper. A precisely delivered corner kick led to the Minnesota goal in the second half. The defender was beaten to the ball and Campos was able to get a foot on the ball and direct it into the back of the net. The Scorpions never really threatened for an equalizer in the waning minutes of the game and Campos’ strike proved to be the winner. Scorpions keeper Jeremy Vuolo was impressive in goal, despite the sole goal of the match going against him, and even had a save nominated for NASL Play of the Week.
The Scorpions only win of the Fall season came at home two weeks ago and now they have two home games back-to-back. Tonight is a faceoff against the Atlanta Silverbacks who won last week against FC Edmonton. Atlanta is only the third team to beat Edmonton this Fall and they did it playing a man down for two-thirds of the game. Atlanta midfielder Danny Barrera was given a straight red card in the 37th minute and, as a result, will be suspended for today’s game in San Antonio. The Silverbacks had already scored with a penalty kick earlier in the game and were able to hold that one goal lead for the win. Atlanta has now won two of their last three games and look in good form with an eye on their championship game in November. The Scorpions will be looking to get their second home win in a row.
The Scorpions may have lost half their games this Fall but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some opportunities left for the season. The team is 1-0-3 in four home games this season with three games left to play at Toyota Field in October. Three wins at home (against Atlanta 10/5, Edmonton 10/13, and New York 10/26) or two wins and a tie would be a great way to end the home campaign and raise spirits for a fanbase that hasn’t seen a lot of success this year. Even losing the final two away games in Tampa Bay and Carolina wouldn’t dampen the good feelings created with home success.
San Antonio doesn’t lead in a lot of categories this Fall but another opportunity for some success lies with co-leading goal scorer Hans Denissen. The race for the golden boot award has been fairly close all season with Denissen coming on late in the Spring to go ahead of Carolina’s Shriver and continuing his goal scoring to keep up with Shriver’s pace this Fall. Both are sitting on twelve goals scored this year and both teams have fairly similar schedules to finish out the season. The deciding factor may go to Denissen with three home games compared to Carolina’s three away games.
“”The team is focused on getting points in every match to close out the season. Atlanta is obviously a good side and will present a challenge, but we have to go out there focused on three points.” – Interim Head Coach Alen Marcina.
Interim Head Coach Alen Marcina has talked a lot about the focus on winning three points but has only managed to earn four points from a possible fifteen since he’s been in charge. The fans are expecting goals and wins when they come to Toyota Field and he’ll have to find the players, formations, and strategies to secure those victories. However, Marcina has won fifty percent of the home games he’s coached with the team scoring four goals in the two games. As long as he doesn’t forget about the defensive end, the outlook for these last three home games looks good.
For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Scorpions will be wearing pink for today’s game and we ask everyone in the stadium to do the same! There will be a live auction and talent show in the stadium following tonight’s game (so stick around until the very end!) where signed memorabilia will be available as well as the limited edition pink jerseys worn in today’s game. All proceeds from tonight’s auction will be donated to The Wings Foundation of San Antonio. So join in, support the Scorpions, Wings, and anyone who has been affected by breast cancer and WEAR PINK in the stands!
Hopefully a Scorpions win precedes this charitable event. Atlanta is getting in their stride but the Scorpions have the home crowd on their side. Scorpions 2 – 0 Atlanta Silverbacks.