The 2015 spring season has not panned out as the Scorpions had expected. The team sits in 10th place, right behind this weekend's opponent, the Silverbacks. San Antonio comes into this game after an exciting draw at home against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in the 2014 Soccer Bowl rematch. San Antonio had plenty of second-half opportunities to win the game, but none were taken advantage of.
Atlanta is coming off their bye-week and sit just above the Scorpions with an equal, eight points. The Silverbacks have been competitive in all but two of their games while tying five of them. Their last game was a rare U.S. Open Cup victory for the NASL this season; they squeaked by Chattanooga FC by sending the game into extra time with a stoppage time penalty. Only Atlanta and the Cosmos moved forward in the competition last Wednesday night. They will play the New York Red Bulls of MLS in the Fourth Round. Their last NASL game was a 4-2 loss when they visited the Eddies in Edmonton, Alberta.
Last season & Outlook.
The Scorpions own a 6-2-3 (WDL) all-time record against the Silverbacks. The Alamo City boys swept the season series in 2014, securing two away wins in the process. This away game will be a tougher task for the visitors this time around. While the Scorpions have been able to finally start scoring, their defense has been sub-par all season, including a league worst goal differential. On the other side of the ball, Atlanta has been playing good defense, holding most of their opponents to a single goal or less. While they haven't been able to reliably score, they have a good defense which will give the Scorpions' attackers problems.
Both teams have been eliminated from the spring title contention and will be focusing on improving their combined table standings.
Players to watch.
Omar Cummings, tied as the league's leading scorer, will be relied upon to score for the visitors. He has been the Scorpions' most consistent scorer, netting four goals in eight games. He will have to play well against the defense of Atlanta - especially in their own back yard. I don't think many goals will be scored in this game, but if San Antonio can muster one, my bet is it comes off the boot of Cummings.
From Atlanta, Hans Denissen will be the player to watch. The former Scorpion and New York Cosmos man will look to take advantage of a San Antonio defense that has been porous this spring. Denissen, a NASL Best XI in 2013, has one goal to his name in 2015 and has contributed in all but one of Atlanta's games this spring. While this isn't the first game San Antonio will see Hans in the opponent's kits, he will always have a special place in the hearts of Scorpions fans.
Both teams have a lot to gain from winning this match. With three points, the winner will have the opportunity to move up the table and gain ground in the combined standings. I don't think many goals will be scored in this game and I see a draw of either 0-0 or 1-1 being the outcome.
Gametime is 6:30pm CST this Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia at Silverbacks Park. #ATLvSAS
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