It was a tough start to the 2014 season for the San Antonio Scorpions after a 0 – 2 loss to rival Minnesota United FC last week. Reminiscent of last season’s poor form, a striker-heavy squad was unable to score the first goal of this campaign. The Scorpions were hard pressed to make a big push for goal after a straight red card was shown to newly signed defender Julius James for retaliation against a Minnesota player after a dangerous high kick. A man down and a goal down at that point meant the Scorpions had an uphill battle for the rest of the night. The players did what they could making several trips down the field but without anything to show for it. The Scorpions are now winless all-time in home openers.

Today, the Scorpions are in Atlanta to face off against a team that also lost last week. The Silverbacks were in New York in a rematch of last season’s Soccer Bowl Championship game. The Cosmos won again but this time scoring a massive four goals to none. The Silverbacks will be hoping for a better showing in front of their home crowd today. Missing from that crowd will be the boisterous supporters group Atlanta Ultras. The Silverbacks have placed sanctions on their own supporters group for conduct displayed at last season’s Soccer Bowl game.

“The three-game sanction was handed down by the club following several incidents involving fan misconduct.” – Atlanta Silverbacks

The three game ban covers the first three home games of the Spring Season. No  one can sit in their section and the group can not gather, wave flags, or drum in another section. This decision may end up being a little unnerving for the players themselves not having that support that they are used to. The Scorpions may welcome the eerie quiet as well.

The San Antonio Scorpions will be without defender Julius James for the next two matches including today against the Atlanta Silverbacks and next week in New York. That’s going to make things difficult for Head Coach Alen Marcina as the Scorpions only have five defenders signed to the roster. With one of them suspended, the short-handed back line will need to be in sync and stay healthy.

Some help has come in the form of Freddie Braun. A self-proclaimed “box-to-box midfielder”, Braun aims to take the abundance of talent on the field and “facilitate the transition from defense to offense.” An argument can be made that both are needed after allowing two goals and failing to score in last week’s game.

Join the Crocketteers at our watch party sponsored again this year by Lion & Rose Pub. The Blanco location will be where you’ll find everyone having fun as we sing and chant our team to victory. Remember, streaming the NASL games requires a fee this year (after the ten day trial in April) but the Crocketteers have taken care of that for you! It will be a hard fought match. Atlanta Silverbacks 1 – 1 Scorpions.