All-time regular season series: Tied 2-0-2
2015 head-to-head series: Indy leads 0-0-1
The Scorpions are coming off a wild Wednesday night match-up against the Carolina Railhawks which saw the two sides end a match in a draw for the first time in their head-to-head series. The end result was a bitter-sweet one for the home team. After falling down 0-2 to the visitors, the Scorpions netted three unanswered goals, while being a man down to take the lead - only to see that lead vanish after an unfortunate own-goal by Nana Attakora in the 77'. The Scorpions played very aggressively once captain Adrian Cann was sent off in the 19'. They held possession well and threatened the Railhawks almost continuously. The Alamo City boys then came out after half-time like a new team. Without counting the players, one would have thought that Carolina were the team a man down. This pressure is what lead to the 3 goal outburst. While each side scored a golazo of their own, the game was overshadowed by the officiating. In total: 2 red cards, 11 yellow cards, & 3 penalty kicks were clearly the highlights of the evening.
While the Scorpions have a reputation for playing without discipline, it seemed as though their reputation highly influenced many of the cards given on Wednesday. While some of the cards were rightly given, the yellow card giving spree definitely started with some very weak calls in this writer's opinion. None-the-less, San Antonio walked away with a point in hand and a bottom of the table standing.
The team now turns to Saturday's game against the Indy Eleven. This will be the final of three home games that have spanned only eight days time for the Scorpions. Currently they have only secured 1 point out of a possible 6 from their first two home games in this home stand.
Indy is coming off a 3-0 victory over expansion side Armada and will have their newest signing, former U.S. youth international Daniel Cuevas, available. Both teams are sitting comfortably outside The Championship race with possible remaining points dwindling.
The last time these two sides met was the second game of the season at Toyota Field. The Eleven left San Antonio with all three points in a dramatic 2-1 victory. When a tie was all but the conclusion to the game, Sergio Peña saw former Sporting Kansas City loanee, Jon Kempin, off his line and punted the ball from midfield to score the game winner, stunning the home crowd. More than half of the 2015 season has unfolded since their last meeting, and San Antonio will be looking to grab their first win in the month of September.
I do expect to see the Scorpions come out and play as aggressively as they did on Wednesday after the sending off of Adrian Cann. The team is in last place, missing the post-season is almost a foregone conclusion, and what they have to play for - their pride - is definitely on the line. I hope that for them to play like they did for most of the game on Wednesday, a red card will not be needed. I'm predicting a close home win for the Scorpions.
The game is this Saturday, September 12 at Toyota Field at 7:30pm CST. #SASvIND
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