We’re counting down the days until the 2014 NASL Playoffs begin by providing a bit of info on each team that made this year’s tournament. Today we take a look at the number two seed, the San Antonio Scorpions.
The San Antonio Scorpions earned the Fall title and the number two seed in the final seconds, of the final game, of the 2014 regular season. Equaling Minnesota with 35 points but having the better goal differential was enough to win the Fall season. The Scorpions also came close to winning the Spring season. It was another final day showdown in the Spring that gave San Antonio the opportunity but in the end, they fell three points short.
The Scorpions have been near the top of the table all year long but a big push to begin the Fall season, and consistent play throughout, is what proved to be the necessary ingredients for their Fall title. The biggest win came against the Tampa Bay Rowdies four weeks ago. The seven goals they put past the Rowdies keeper that night were the deciding factor in the end. They cemented their title hopes by beating their main opposition, Minnesota United, in the second-to-last game of the season in Minnesota. Those key moments turned into the second regular season title for the Scorpions in their three years of existence.
San Antonio will face off against the number three seed, and the team they beat last week, the New York Cosmos. The players know it will be hard to beat the same team twice in a row. They failed to do it in the 2012 playoffs against then Minnesota Stars. The weather should be good for the match but the field is still a question. Heavy rains hammered it non-stop for two days. The new Toyota Field drainage and grounds crew will be put to the test to see how the field plays throughout the game.
The Scorpions are pushing for their first ever NASL Final and chance at the coveted Soccer Bowl. With perhaps the strongest team they’ve assembled, it’s sure to be an entertaining game for the home fans. Will the Scorpions push for a Final berth or will the physicality of the game be too much? San Antonio is ready to put everything on the line.