The San Antonio Scorpions closed out the 2015 season with another draw up in Minnesota. The 2-2 draw included two penalty kicks, one for each side, and a stoppage time goal that saved a point for the Loons.
Giuseppe Gentile opened up the scoring in the 54' when he received an assist from Billy Forbes that just passed out of reach of the United keeper and slotted it home to put the visitors up 1-0. It was Gentile's 2nd goal for the Scorpions and it was Forbes' 8th assist of the season, surpassing his tally of 7 from 2014. His 8 assists are also a team record for number of assists in a season.
The Scorpions were up 2-1 going into stoppage time, just a few minutes from ending the season with 3 points. They were undone, however, by a goal by United's Kevin Venegas off a free-kick by Kalif Alhassan. Giving up the win late in the game was just another chapter in the story of this season. Many of the draws this year were close to being wins for the Scorpions, but weren't meant to be as late goals undid San Antonio throughout the season.
The off-season looks to be an eventful one as the stadium/team are up for sale and with the poor results in 2015 needing to be rectified. The Scorpions are already in search of a new head coach as news broke today that San Antonio has parted ways with Alen Marcina. The coaching search has begun and we will wait to see if there are any other changes in San Antonio.
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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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The San Antonio Scorpions absolutely needed a win in Ottawa to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A wonderful defensive display, especially by league MVP candidate Romuald Peiser, sent the Texans home without any points. The Alamo City boys are still technically in the hunt for the 4th playoff spot, but a miracle ending to the 2015 season would be needed to make it happen.
Both offenses tested the others keeper in the first half. Ottawa's Tom Heinemann had a few chances at the Scorpions goal, including a 1v1 with Fernandes who showed his skill by securing the ball off the shot. The Scorpions had a few chances of their own, making several attempts that stretched the Ottawa defense. Rafael Castillo challenged Peiser off a free kick that was headed to the top 90, but was brilliantly snatched up by the league's leading goalie. Even Omar Cummings had a great opportunity to give the visitors the lead, but Peiser was there to deny him as well.
The winning goal came in the 68th minute, scored by the Fury's Mauro Eustaquio who beat Fernandes for the only score on Sunday. The game was played pretty cleanly until the last few minutes when Scorpions sensation, Kris Tyrpak, received his first yellow with the Red & Black and then a harsh straight red was given to Eric Hassli. The tackle was unnecessary at best, but Yuri Rudolf, the head ref decided it garnered a sending off. After further inspection, Hassli barely touched defender Colin Falvey, who should be awarded an Oscar for his convincing embellishment of the foul. What is more the travesty is the commentary by the Ottawa Fury announcers.
I'll let you decide if that is professional announcing or not. (Video thanks to ScorpionsHQ)
And here is the "red card" foul in detail.
Even without the sending off, it just wasn't in the cards for San Antonio to get past the Ottawa defense.
This leaves the Scorpions with 3 games left to play. The post-season is virtually out of reach. The next few months should be interesting.
Will Marcina be sacked?
Will the team and/or stadium be sold?
Who will the Scorpions be able to retain for 2016?
We'll keep you updated as news breaks.
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