The spring season got off to a terrible start for the Scorpions, but in their spring finale they have a chance to move up into the top-half of the table going into the fall. It's a good turnaround from April, but they will have to first win against the visiting Fury to salvage the spring season. San Antonio is coming off a huge road victory in Atlanta where Omar Cummings added to his goal tally and Daryl Satter looked like Tim Howard against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. Finishing in the top-half of the table will make the spring seem less like a failure and more of an improvement going into the fall.
The Fury, in their second year, are just one point behind the Scorpions; they too will be looking to end the spring on a high note and possibly finish in the top-half as well. The Fury come into this final game after a scoreless draw in Jacksonville against the expansion Armada. Their goal keeper, Romuald Peiser, is currently on a shutout streak of 436 minutes (and counting), which is a modern day NASL record. The Fury haven't been able to find the back of the net since a 1-0 victory over Indy Eleven back on May 23rd.
Last season & Outlook.
The Fury and Scorpions have only met up three times, all coming in 2014 as it was the first season for Ottawa. San Antonio is 1-2-0 all-time against the Canadians; the lone win was in Ottawa and a draw each at home and away. The playoffs are still a possibility for both teams - if they do well in the fall. Ottawa's defense has been pretty solid this spring, posting five shutouts, though their attack only scoring five total goals so far this spring.
Players to watch.
My player to watch for Ottawa is their goal keeper, Romuald Peiser. He hasn't allowed a goal against the Fury in four matches. Can he continue to keep the ball out of the net - facing the leagues' leading goal scorer in Cummings - and get an important away victory, and first against the Scorpions?
I'll be looking to Omar Cummings again for San Antonio to produce more goals. He is our most consistent and biggest threat in the attacking third. Once our midfield starts to take control of the game, I'll look to see more balls played up field to find the fancy feet of the Jamaican international.
The Fury have never beaten the Scorpions, and I don't think it will happen on Saturday. With few consistent attacking options from the visitors, Daryl Satter should be able to post another shutout. If our midfield and forwards can break down the Fury defense, I believe it will be a successful end to the spring season for the home team. 2-0 to the Alamo City boys.
Game time is this Saturday, June 13th at Toyota Field at 7:30pm CST. #SASvOTT
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