To the league:
We set then-modern NASL attendance records for a single-match & for average attendance and won the regular season Woosnam Cup! Earning our first trophy in our inaugural season was a great way to introduce North America to the great city that San Antonio is! While the post-season title eluded us, the passion from the fans never wavered.
2013 was a year of change; after barely missing out on the Spring Season title, we let our first head coach go after a terrible start to the Fall Season. This ushered in the Marcina era - our second, and last San Antonio Scorpions head coach. Alen Marcina was the head coach for our most successful season in team history. We won the Fall Season title on a stoppage-time goal from our captain, Adrian Cann, that vaulted us into The Championship playoffs. With momentum, and a semi-final home game on our side, we beat the reigning NASL champion New York Cosmos in the semi-final and followed that up with a home victory in the NASL Championship game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Despite the cold and wet weather, 7,847 dedicated Scorpion fans came out to experience San Antonio's first professional soccer championship! A night to remember!
2015 was filled with disappointment and unrest for the fans in San Antonio; there was no return to post-season play, not even a top-half finish. Even still - the fans came out to support the team that they loved.
We showed the NASL, and North America, that San Antonio is a great soccer market. While we will be leaving the NASL, many of us in the soccer community will miss it. The league is expanding, increasing its standards, and growing into its own. San Antonio is indebted, not only to Gordon, but the NASL for giving us a home - and we thank you.
To the fans:
While many of us weren't able to make it to away games, we do have a sense of comradery with fans of other teams in the NASL. I personally enjoyed interviewing and exchanging banter with many of the pod-casters and writers who follow the young league. While Alamo Soccer will be focusing on the USL moving forward, we will still follow the league and look forward to possibly seeing you in the Open Cup!
While San Antonio won't be playing in the NASL next year, it is not the doing of the fans. We did not make this choice. Our owner wanted to sell his stadium and team to focus on his noble mission, Morgan's Wonderland - which he successfully did. We are excited about our new owners and the potential we see with them. The Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) group has owned a USL franchise tag for a few years and will now own a team in that league. This new team will now be the highest professional soccer team in San Antonio, and we will support them. Many vocal NASL supporters have been accusing San Antonio fans of "abandoning" the league and that we are "selling out" to the USL - this is an unfair assessment of soccer fans in San Antonio. We have always had the ambition of eventually landing a MLS team. MLS is the highest level of soccer in the United States and the Spurs have been tasked with bringing MLS to San Antonio. We believe San Antonio is ready and deserves a MLS team. SS&E are arguably the most professionally run sports organization in the world and we believe they will get us our second top-level professional team in San Antonio.
We have fond memories of the NASL and we will continue to support soccer in America and in San Antonio through any and all teams that may call the Alamo City home. We hope that you will continue to as well.
Just two days after the dismissal of the San Antonio Scorpions' head coach, fans received some good news as midfielder Billy Forbes announced he will return to play in 2016. This will be his third straight season with the Scorpions. In his first two seasons with the club, Forbes has already etched himself in the Alamo City record books.
His presence on the field will continue to give the team an automatic boost with his speed and knack for assisting in goal scoring opportunities.
Read the full press-release here.
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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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It didn't take long for the San Antonio Scorpions to start making changes after a poor season of results during the 2015 NASL season. The team announced today that head coach Alen Marcina will not return with the team for the 2016 season.
Coach Marcina was the Scorpions' 2nd head coach in team history. He coached the team to a 26-15-26 (W-D-L) record, including his time as interim head coach at the end of the 2013 season. His honors include winning the NASL Soccer Bowl last season along with the 2014 Fall Season Championship.
This change doesn't come as too much of a surprise to Alamo Soccer City. Poor results coupled with a general lack of discipline on the field and sideline are probable reasons as to his departure.
The team has stated that they have begun their search for the 3rd head coach in Scorpions history. There are some great coaches out there who might be possible targets:
All of these coaches would be great hires for the Scorpions. Paul Dalglish is probably the most realistic choice while Preki would be the long shot. Hopefully the club can hire a new coach soon so that preparations for 2016 can start early this year.
We will keep you posted with updates as they come.
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