On a night that was filled with anticipation and excitement, the only exciting part of the Scorpions 2015 season opener was reliving the memories of last year's championship. The team held a ring and banner raising ceremony before kickoff, which included a touching moment when Michael Kelley got to sign a NASL contract, received a championship ring, and received a Scorpions jacket to wear. You can read his story, here.
In my match preview I had predicted a 2-2 draw thinking that the excitement of the pregame ceremony would prevent us from taking all three points. I was correct in that it would distract us, but unfortunately, we came out empty handed and sit at the bottom of the league table.
Our defense had trouble with the Rowdies forwards all night long. In a surprising lineup change, newcomer Abdul-Salaam got the nod over Zourab Tsiskaridze who had been playing with the team for most of the pre-season. It seemed as though Tsiskaridze had been playing pretty well as a defensive midfielder but was left out of the starting lineup for some reason. He warmed up with the team and looked fit - he was listed as available as a substitute.
While our back line had some chemistry issues, our midfield and attackers couldn't do much in the first half. The entire game was littered with yellow cards and questionable reffing for both sides and included a yellow accumulated red card for Julius James, who will miss the Scorpions next game. The home squad had a couple of opportunities to bring a goal back, but were thwarted by the crossbar. It seemed as though most of our attacks were not built up from the back, but rather through long balls down the field. This is definitely an area that the team must improve on. The lone Scorpions goal came by Omar Cummings who tapped in a Castillo rebound in second half stoppage time. A consolation prize for a team that was thoroughly out played all night long.
San Antonio has its bye week this week and play next at home against the visiting Indy Eleven. Defense and goal scoring are the two areas that need the most improvement if the Scorpions want any chance at the Spring season. With only 10 games total, and 9 remaining, the Spring is a sprint and in order to win the Spring, the Scorpions can't allow anymore games like on Saturday.
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