The San Antonio Scorpions have been knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup in the Third Round by the Austin Aztex of the USL. The Aztex beat San Antonio, 2-0, at Toyota Field on Wednesday. This is the second loss versus the Aztex in 2015, the previous one coming in the pre-season.
The Aztex will next face the Houston Dynamo of MLS in the Fourth Round. The Scorpions continue NASL play this Saturday, May 30th, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers - a rematch of the 2014 Soccer Bowl. #SASvFTL
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The San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) will face the Austin Aztex (USL) in U.S. Open Cup Third Round play next Wednesday, May 27th, at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. The Aztex defeated the Laredo Heat (PDL), 2-0, in Austin in the Second Round.
This will be the second ever meeting between the I-35 rivals and the second playing of the Hill Country Derby, which the Aztex lead 1-0. San Antonio will look to send the Aztex home with a loss this time though as Austin won the first meeting, 4-1. Look for San Antonio to play much better than the first game. They have a complete roster now that has been together for longer than a few weeks, which was not the case in the first game.
This game should be a good one. There is so much promise here for a true budding rivalry, and meeting in The Cup will only add to it. Both sides will want to advance, likely facing the Houston Dynamo of MLS. The Fourth Round draw is tonight at 6pm CST on 120 Sports.
This is the furthest that the Aztex have advanced to in the Cup (Third Round) while the Scorpions will be looking to advance to the Fourth Round, the furthest they've advanced to, for the third time in their history.
This Third Round game will take place on May 27th at Toyota Field in San Antonio at 7:30pm CST. #SASvATX
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The North American Soccer League announced today that there will be a 12th team, located in Miami, Florida, joining in 2016. "International entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and world-renowned soccer superstar Paolo Maldini" are the owners of the new, Miami FC. Miami FC will be the 12th team in the league and the 4th in Florida.
While many in the soccer community believe that the NASL needs to expand West due to the USSF's sanctioning requirements, this move seems to be a strategic move for the league for another reason. While MLS, Don Garber, and David Beckham are still searching for a place for the English superstar's franchise, the NASL has moved in to try and take that market. No statement has been made by anyone involved with the Miami MLS team but this NASL franchise will probably not stop MLS from trying to place a team in South Beach anyways. With the team slated to start play in 2016, this gives them a few years to establish themselves before a Beckham MLS team would be able to start play.
If Miami FC can replicate what San Antonio, Indy, Jacksonville, & Ottawa have done as far in terms of expansion franchises, then they will be a success. On the field results may or may not come immediately, but entering the soccer landscape the right way will be paramount for the success of the club and the league. The league cannot afford another OKC or Virginia expansion debacle. (We're still waiting on the official release stating that those two teams won't be in the league...)
It will be interesting to see all of this unfold. Will Miami FC be a success? Will Beckham ever get his MLS team in Miami? If he does, what does that mean for the future of Miami FC? All of these questions will be answered eventually. As for now, we can all welcome Miami FC into the league and look for more expansion...preferably Westward.
Welcome, Miami FC!
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