All-time regular season series: This is the first meeting between the Menace and SAFC.
San Antonio FC will travel to Iowa for its second ever U.S. Open Cup match to face the Des Moines Menace of the PDL. SAFC defeated fellow Alamo City side, Corinthians FC of San Antonio in the Second Round, 3-1, led by a pro-debut brace by the Haitian Sensation, Jacques Francois.
The Menace reached the Third Round after dismantling the Tulsa Roughnecks of the USL, 2-0.
The winner of this match will go on to the tournament's Fourth Round to face the Houston Dynamo of MLS in Houston. Should San Antonio advance, they won't have the opportunity to play a home cup match until the Fifth Round, and that's not a guarantee. Consecutive away matches is difficult enough, and if SAFC are looking ahead to the match with Houston, they could put themselves in a difficult situation when they're in Iowa. The semi-pro side isn't one to ignore. Their win against the Roughnecks was their seventh win all-time versus the professional all ranks.
The match is Wednesday June 1st at 8:00pm CST. #DEMvSA
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It's been just about two months since the San Antonio Scorpions announced that the team would not play at Toyota Field in 2016. Their press release never mentioned that they ceased operations, but did thank the city and the fans for the four years they had together. Since then, the Scorpions' website has vanished and the only trace of their existence on the NASL league site is in the history section where it mentions the 2014 NASL title the team earned. While the franchise tag of the Scorpions may be bought and moved elsewhere, the players were left homeless.
We're going to take a look at where the members of the Scorpions have ended up since the end of the 2015 NASL season.
Who stayed in the NASL?
Fort Lauderdale Strikers:
Who moved to the USL?
San Antonio FC:
Swope Park Rangers:
César Elizondo - Pérez Zeledón - Costa Rica
Joseph Nane - FC Okzhetpes - Kazakhstan
Josue Soto - FF Jaro - Finland
Zourab Tsiskaridze - FK Teplice - Czech Republic
To recap, of the 24 players that ended the season with the Scorpions:
6 players are unaccounted for; Monbo Bokar, Adrian Cann, Julio Garcia, Eric Hassli, Johnny Lawson, and Daryl Sattler.
As we find out more information about the remaining six players, this post will be updated. To those players that San Antonio FC won't see again this year, we wish them all the best with their new clubs!
The NASL announced today that they would be expanding to the Oklahoma City metro area with their newest club, Rayo OKC, who will begin play in 2016. The club will play their games at Yukon Miller Stadium, a high school facility just 15 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. The team is majority owned by Raúl Martín Presa, owner of Rayo Vallecano - a La Liga club in Spain. Minority owner is Sean Jones, a Oklahoma native, who owns a few health care companies in the area. Sold Out Strategies, co-owned by Brad Lund, the original Oklahoma City FC owner, and DeBray Ayala will be the managing partner of the club.
This is the first time that a Spanish club will have invested in an American club. This will also be the first real attempt at a direct NASL vs USL rivalry within the same city. The Tampa Bay Rowdies played with VSI Tampa Bay but for only one year when VSI folded. The Cosmos play in New York City where the New York Red Bulls II play - hardly a competition since the Cosmos play NYCFC & NYRB more in Open Cup play and consider them rivals, not the reserve side.
This expansion announcement takes the league to 14 teams heading into 2016, although San Antonio probably won't be continuing, so 13 still for 2016. The league is expected to make at least one more expansion announcement before 2016. They still have yet to satisfy the USSF D2 sanctioning requirement of having a west coast team. The league will surely satisfy that condition soon.
It will be a fun ride watching what happens in Oklahoma City where there will be two teams from different leagues competing, and how the Spanish club runs its American counterpart.
Soccer On -ASC
Details of former San Antonio Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina's dismissal have come out today, a day after he was relieved of his duties by the club. According to an article by examiner.com writer Chris Hockman, and confirmed by sources of Alamo Soccer, Marcina was approached at the San Antonio International Airport after the team arrived back from their final game in Minnesota by GM Howard Cornfield. Cornfield dismissed Marcina in front of his players & the public. Alen's contract expired on Sunday anyways, so a private dismissal would have been the appropriate way to handle the seemingly difficult conversation. This is not how a "professional" organization is run. Alen was the most successful coach in team history and was well liked by his players. The manner in which Alen was fired should not go unknown to the public. Despite the poor results on the field, the club is not stable as they would have the fans believe.
Despite the cordial quotes given in the Scorpions' press release, Marcina and Cornfield did not get along. Tensions between the front office and the locker room made for a toxic work environment for both the coaches and players. Many of the current players will not be returning in 2016 and San Antonio fans will be in for another long and frustrating off-season - something that is all too familiar for the Alamo City faithful.
Alamo Soccer -ASC
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