All-time regular season series: SAS leads 7-3-3
2015 head-to-head series: SAS leads 1-1-1
The San Antonio Scorpions return home to Toyota Field to play host to the Atlanta Silverbacks. This will be the final meeting between the two sides. San Antonio took the first meeting, a 1-0 away victory at Silverbacks Park but had to overcome a 3-1 deficit to draw the second meeting, again in Atlanta. Both teams are technically still in the playoff hunt, although more realistically for the Silverbacks as they are only four points behind 4th place.
While earning 3 points will be a welcome site for the Scorpions, this game will also have special meaning to a certain defender with a Jamaican flair. When Stephen DeRoux steps on the field for Saturday's game, he will take sole possession of the Scorpions' all-time games played record (NASL regular + post-season games only). Original Scorpion, Greg Janicki, has held the record at 68 games. DeRoux has had this entire season to catch up to that number since Janicki left to play for the Indy Eleven. DeRoux will also take the lead in minutes played for the club in the following game, assuming he plays all 90 minutes. He's been a staple in the back for the Alamo City boys since he arrived here in 2013. This is definitely a momentous occasion for him and the club; adding 3 points along with it wouldn't be bad, either.
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The team will need to be focused for this game if they want a chance at 3 points, especially with the speculation of what may become of the team if the stadium and/or team is sold. While it's been known that the stadium and team were up for sale, not much has been reported on it except for bits and pieces here and there. Chris Hockman from the San Antonio Soccer Examiner reported earlier this week that Bexar County is close to purchasing Toyota Field. He also notes that the Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) are looking to have their own soccer team within the next two years. Whether or not that is the Scorpions, or their own team, is yet to be determined. SS&E have a USL franchise license and would likely move the Scorpions to USL, or create their own USL team in San Antonio. All of this is still undecided and we will just have to wait and see how the events unfold. I know fans are uneasy with unknown for the club, so a focused and determined win this weekend will help cope with that.
While the team came out flat against the Rowdies, the Scorpions have played better at home. This will be a low scoring game and I'll give the edge to the home team.
Thanks to Paul for having me on Gorilla Talk! You can follow him on Twitter @AtlGorillaTalk and on SoundCloud.
Game time is 7:30 pm CST at Toyota Field. #SASvATL
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