Start the countdown now – only 113 days until the Scorpions hit the pitch once again for NASL action. The NASL released the Spring schedule yesterday with games set to start on April 12th. The season will run through Sunday, June 8th when the league will once again take a mid-season break, this one scheduled to accommodate the FIFA 2014 World Cup that begins Thursday, June 12th in Brazil. The Fall season will be released in the coming weeks.
With ten teams in the league, the San Antonio Scorpions will play one match against the other nine teams. The uneven schedule leaves some teams playing only four home games in the Spring yet was agreed upon by the owners who “felt that it was more important to ensure the balance of the competition with everyone playing each other once rather than adding a random tenth match” according to Aaron Davidson, Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors and President of Traffic Sports, ownership group of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina Railhawks. The Scorpions are one of the lucky teams with five games at home and only four away. The winner of the Spring season still has the right to host the NASL Soccer Bowl where the Spring and Fall champions face off for the ultimate league title. That makes every game important with only 27 possible points available.
Some of the Scorpions stiffest competition will be played in front of their home crowd with the opening game in Toyota Field against the Minnesota United FC. This is the second straight year that San Antonio has opened against Minnesota. Last year, the team traveled north securing a point in a 0 – 0 draw where both teams had shots careen off goalposts. The next home game won’t be until May 3rd when the Tampa Bay Rowdies visit San Antonio on Cinco de Mayo weekend. It’s three straight home games in May with Carolina Railhawks and FC Edmonton both following Tampa Bay. The season wraps up for the Scorpions June 7th against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
For the away games, the Scorpions will travel to the east coast for the first two games. April 19th has the team in Atlanta to face 2013 Spring Champions the Silverbacks before travelling to New York on the 26th in a clash against last years Fall Champions and ultimate NASL Soccer Bowl Champions Cosmos. The last two away games will be at the end of May both against two new teams joining the league. The Ottawa Fury and Indy Eleven both make their NASL debuts in 2014 and will play the Scorpions on their home turf on May 24th and 31st respectively. That means the city of San Antonio won’t see the new teams in action until the Fall season.
The Virginia Cavalry FC were set to debut in 2014 as well but have decided to postpone their start until 2015.
With the Spring season set, the race to host the Soccer Bowl commences. Every team is looking to position itself well for the new year by making big signings now during the off season. New York is returning a majority of their championship team while the Scorpions have announced seven signings of their own. With the NASL Combine announced for January 24-26, many coaches will be looking to make final additions to their team at that time. The Scorpions are set to start their preseason training camp early February.
See the full Scorpions Schedule below. For the full NASL Spring Schedule, Click Here.
Scorpions 2014 season tickets are available by calling the Scorpions office. More information can be found on their website at sascorpions.com. Fans wanting to stand in The Garrison (section 113) with the Crocketteers can let your sales representative know at this time as well. We have the best prices in the house at only $10 per game!