The San Antonio Scorpions started out their first game of 2015 in very much the same fashion as they ended the 2014 season; with a win. The weather was cold and drizzly, very much like the NASL Championship game, and ended with the same scoreline, 2-1, to the home team. Although this was just their first pre-season game, a win against a MLS opponent who was playing their last pre-season will give the Alamo City boys some confidence as pre-season training continues.
The first half of the game was all but dominated by possession from F.C. Dallas, but the home side were able to hold them off as neither goalkeeper was truly tested. The Scorpions were playing in their first game since lifting the NASL trophy and so there were some new faces playing their first game in Toyota Field. The passing quality coming from San Antonio was not the best, but with new teammates and the weather to deal with, it was to be expected to see some rust. Both teams went into the locker-room locked in at 0-0, but that all changed in the second-half.
New Colombian signing, Cristian Palomeque, was able to open up the scoring after slipping the ball past Dallas keeper Seitz after Cesar Elizondo was able to get it to him in traffic in the 70th minute. In the 88th minute, Elizondo was able to double the lead after 2014 NASL assist leader Billy Forbes crossed the ball in front of the goal for his tap-in.
It didn't take long though for Dallas to take one back. Michel sent a free-kick into the penalty box where Scorpions goalie Sattler couldn't hold onto it. Dallas' Augdelo then hit the rebound into the back of the net to make the scoreline 2-1 in the 89th minute. With no stoppage time given, the ref blew his whistle and San Antonio was able to lift the deeproot Funds Cup in its second year.
For their first outing of 2015, there were definitely a lot of good things that happened, and while the weather didn't help, there are definitely opportunities for the team to improve upon. While we didn't see the likes of Castillo (the Dallas version), San Antonio wasn't playing against their reserve squad. Confidence should be higher as pre-season training continues.
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