In their first midweek league game of the season, the San Antonio Scorpions drew 2-2 with the visiting Eddies from Edmonton. This was the last game in the two teams' head-to-head series this season, finishing it at an even 1-1-1. The Scorpions struck first as Omar Cummings added to his league leading goal total in the 17' minute to put the home side up 1-0. Edmonton would equalize on a lapse in defending by the Scorpions and they left the pitch even at 1-1 going into halftime.
San Antonio would regain the lead when halftime substitution, César Elizondo, slotted in a Billy Forbes cross in front of an empty goal. The goal came just as the video board at Toyota Field was showing a video from Julius James, who broke his leg just a few days before. The timing was perfect. Unfortunately, the good vibes didn't last. Edmonton's Cristian Raudales fired in a screamer of a shot past Sattler in the 72' minute to score the final goal of the game. There were some questionable calls by ref Mark Kadlecik in the box this game as well; in the first half, Marvin Chavez had an impressive run going into the box, was taken down, but was called for the foul - and later in the second half, Giuseppe Gentile was tripped up in the box, but Kadlecik swallowed his whistle and play continued.
In the end, the Scorpions were the better team in this game. They were more aggressive and really played hard, especially taking back possession as soon as they could. The outcome feels like a loss, but the team comes away with a point and is still only 2 points away from a playoff berth - still very much in the playoff hunt.
The team has a quick turnaround and will play Carolina on the road on Saturday. #CARvSAS
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It was only 10 days ago that the Eddies and Scorpions met in Fort McMurray, Alberta to open up both of their fall seasons. The Eddies handed the Scorpions a 4-0 beat down, tied for the worst margin of loss in San Antonio history, and claimed the inaugural Wood Buffalo Cup. San Antonio ended the game with 9 players as goalie Daryl Sattler and defender Nana Attakora both received red cards as the frustration built up with the visitors from the Lone Star State.
San Antonio will look to right that wrong. The Scorpions are coming off their most complete game of the year that saw them beat the league leading Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-0, at Toyota Field. The Rowdies had previously embarrassed San Antonio in the spring opener. The Scorpions will look to build off that confidence and hand the Eddies a similar result and get revenge for the fall opening loss. Hopefully the confines of home, Toyota Field, and an increase in confidence will lead to a second straight victory. But San Antonio will have to do it without veteran defender Julius James.
During the game against the Rowdies, James, while trying to protect the net, fell down awkwardly and broke his leg. Replays showed a nasty break and he had to be carted off the field. His replacement, Brad Rusin, should get some more playing time with James out for the remainder of the season. San Antonio will also get Daryl Sattler and Nana Attakora back from suspension. It will be interesting to see if head coach Alen Marcina chooses to go with Sattler in goal, or Matt Cardone. Cardone posted is second career NASL shutout as a starter against the Rowdies.
Edmonton is coming off a 1-1 draw against Fort Lauderdale, gaining the point only because of an own goal by Strikers goalie, Josh Ford, in the 86' minute. The Eddies will be without Lance Laing, who scored twice in the fall opener, due to his playing with the Reggae Boys in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Playing at home after a huge win should boost the energy level and confidence of this Scorpions team. A 2-1 win over the Eddies in the last match-up between the two teams this regular season is in order. Look for Omar Cummings to continue to add to his goal total.
The game is TODAY, Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm CST at Toyota Field. #SASvFCE
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2015 spring result: 3-2 win for San Antonio (first ever in Edmonton)
All-time series: SA leads 6-3-4
2015 fall game 1 result: 4-0 win for FC Edmonton in Fort McMurray, Alberta
2015 head-to-head series: 1-0-1
Alamo SC was unable to watch the game live so this recap will be short.
The Scorpions have failed to win their half-season opening game for the 2nd straight time, and 3rd time in the past 4 half-seasons . While the team is still in contention for a top 4 position, there needs to be some serious changes made, whether it be strategical or personnel changes. San Antonio hasn't scored a goal since their 1-0 win over Atlanta on June 6th, including the teams 0-1 friendly loss to C.S. Cartaginés during the break. The road doesn't get any easier when they welcome the league leaders to Toyota Field for their next match.
The Scorpions return to Texas for their fall home opener against the league leader Tampa Bay Rowdies this Saturday.
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It was a back-and-forth game between the San Antonio Scorpions and FC Edmonton with the visitors ultimately coming out on top. The game featured five goals, two players scoring braces, and questionable defense from both sides.
San Antonio struck first as team & league leading scorer,Omar Cummings, hit a nice shot past the Eddies' keeper to put the visitors on top. The visitors led going into halftime, and then the goals started to rack up. The Eddies would equalize with the first of two goals from Daryl Fordyce in the 53'. Shortly thereafter, NASL Week 7 Player of the Week, Billy Forbes, beat the Eddies' off-side trap, took keeper Matt VanOekel 1-on-1 and scored his first goal of the 2015 season. Daryl Fordyce would equalize again for the home team, but it was Billy Forbes who had the last laugh. He put pressure on defender Mallan Roberts, stealing the ball just outside the box and slotted home the game-winning goal - sending the home fans away with their first home loss in 11 games.
The Scorpions return to action this Saturday when they visit the league leading New York Cosmos. #NYCvSAS
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