All-time regular season series: 3-5-5
2015 head-to-head series: 0-1-1
The final game of the season is this Saturday in Blaine, Minnesota. The San Antonio Scorpions have a good shot at finishing the season at the bottom of the combined standings when it's all said and done. It's been a 180° turnaround for the club who won the 2014 Fall Championship and later the Soccer Bowl to become NASL champions. The Loons, however, will be returning to The Championship after a rocky start in the spring.
Minnesota come into this game with the highest scoring offense in the league, scoring over 50 goals, a league record. The Scorpions on the other hand have given up the most goals this season, a combination that could see the scoreboard light up Saturday night. San Antonio had a decent outing against the Cosmos last weekend in their home finale, losing out on a questionable PK & wonderfully taken free-kick. The Alamo City boys did, however, look threatening on the offensive and will try to end their season on a high note.
The series between Minnesota and San Antonio has been heated, to say the least. This "Not A Rivalry" rivalry game will be a great opportunity for the visitors to send their opponent from up north with a loss as they enter the post-season. The last time the Scorpions visited Minnesota, they came away with a 2-2 draw, highlighted by SA's Zourab Tsiskaridze's free-kick goal from 60 yards out.
The Scorpions were able to hand Minnesota a 1-0 loss in Blaine at the end of last season but have yet to get in the win column this season versus the Loons.
The game is this Saturday at 7pm CST in Blaine, Minnesota and can be viewed on ESPN3. #MNUvSAS
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The San Antonio Scorpions had to postpone their match against the New York Cosmos to Sunday due to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Patricia. It turned out to be a beautiful day to play the beautiful game. The game did not end the way the home fans wanted and leaves the club facing many questions going into this offseason with 1 game left.
The Cosmos swept the season series against the Scorpions with a 2-1 win over the 2014 NASL champs. The first 20 minutes of the game were pretty uneventful, both sides learning to deal with the winds. The Scorpions however, would play the remainder of the first half on the offensive. Multiple opportunities presented themselves, but fizzled out by the Cosmos defense. The breakthrough came via Billy Forbes who was able to slot the ball home past New York keeper, Jimmy Maurer, in the 43'. It was Billy's 5th goal of the year and 10th as a Scorpion which ties him with current teammate, Omar Cummings, for 5th on the Scorpions' all-time goals scoring list.
The 2nd half belonged to the Cosmos as Marcos Senna tied the game in the 62' with a well taken penalty that had Scorpion keeper Daniel Fernandes second guess himself and was sent the wrong way. The visitors kept the pressure on and were able to take the lead via a great free-kick given just outside the 18 yard box. Ayoze slotted home the goal in the upper 90 past Fernandes. The Scorpions didn't give up though and had their best chance to tie the game in the 80' when goalscorer Billy Forbes shot off a great volley that forced Jimmy Maurer into a spectacular save.
The Scorpions are now 3-0-5 all-time against the New York Cosmos in the regular season since their reincarnation and 1-0-0 in post-season play.
San Antonio wraps up its 2015 campaign next Saturday when they face Minnesota United in Blaine. The highest the Scorpions can climb up the combined standings is a tie for 7th place with a win - they currently sit in last place.
San Antonio finishes up their 2015 home record at 4-5-6, a far cry from their 2014 home record of 8-3-3 + 2-0-0 in The Championship.
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The San Antonio Scorpions will end their 2015 campaign after the final whistle at the end of their match against Minnesota United on Halloween night. The draw the Alamo City Boys earned last night in South Florida mathematically eliminated them from the possibility of the playoffs, and the chance to be the first repeat champions in the modern NASL era.
The Strikers and Scorpions played a very open game last night. The Strikers controlled most of the possession throughout the game, but both sides had goal scoring opportunities that were not taken advantage of. Both goalkeepers made fantastic saves during the game, seemingly trying to outdo the other. This was the 4th shutout of Daniel Fernandes' San Antonio career and the first shutout since the 2-0 win over Indy Eleven back on September 12th.
The boys in Red & Black return to action this Saturday in their final home match of the season versus the New York Cosmos. Reports say that Real Madrid legend, Raúl, will play in that game. If nothing else, the opportunity to see a player like him in our home stadium will be a treat for the home fans as they say goodbye to the Scorpions until next season. The Scorpions will end the 2015 season with a trip up to Minnesota to face the loons.
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All-time regular season series: Tied 4-5-4
2015 head-to-head series: FTL leads 0-1-1
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will play host to the San Antonio Scorpions for the final time in 2015. This is the final "rematch" of the 2014 NASL Soccer Bowl, which San Antonio won 2-1 last November. With 90% of the 2015 season already played, these two teams will be ending their seasons in very different ways. The Strikers, coming off the Soccer Bowl loss, are in position to claim the final Championship playoff spot this year. On the other hand, the defending champions are virtually eliminated from post-season contention. While mathematically still in the race, their 1-0 loss in Ottawa on Sunday made it practically impossible for the champs to have the chance to repeat.
The last time these two clubs met, Stefano Pinho, the league's Golden Boot leader and MVP candidate, scored his 2nd hat-trick of the season (no other NASL player even has one hat-trick) to down the Scorpions 2-4 at Toyota Field. The defense played well in Canada this past weekend though, especially goalie Daniel Fernandes. He'll be tasked with trying to prevent Pinho from adding to his goal tally. A tough task to say the least.
The Strikers are coming off an impressive 4-0 home victory over the Carolina Railhawks and will look to continue their goal scoring prowess to help them secure their 2nd consecutive playoff appearance.
San Antonio has not won in Fort Lauderdale since a 4-1 win back on June 29, 2013. With their post-season hopes hanging by a thread, and vying to not end up at the bottom of the table, it will be 3 points or bust for the Alamo City Boys in South Florida
It's a quick turnaround for the Scorpions, who just played on Sunday. Striker Eric Hassli will be unavailable due to his questionable red card he received in Canada. The Scorpions will have to look to Cummings, Tyrpak, and Gentile to be the ones to score for the Red & Black.
Playing against a team that is also playing for the playoffs, playing away from home, and playing on a short turn around are not the ideal conditions to play with. The Scorpions will have to overcome these if they want to leave Florida for the final time in 2015 with 3 points. We'll see if they can do it. History is against them and San Antonio hasn't bucked any bad trends this year.
The game is today at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Game time is 6:30 pm CST and can be watched on ESPN3. #FTLvSAS
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