Welcome to the 2015 NASL season! It's like Christmas come early! I know supporters of both teams are eager to get the season started and watch their team on the field. The Rowdies come into the 2015 season with an entirely new look; they have a new head coach in Thomas Rongen and have revitalized their squad from top to bottom. San Antonio comes in as the defending league champions and while they lost a few key players, the Scorpions have filled in those spots with some really good talent, including 2014 World Cup player, Marvin Chávez.
2014 head-to-head review
San Antonio went 2-0-1 versus Tampa Bay in 2014. The lone loss was in the Spring season, 0-1. The Fall was a different story though. After a 2-0 road win for the Scorpions, the 2014 champions routed Tampa Bay in the return game at Toyota Field, 7-0. Those 7 goals helped with the goal differential in the standings, allowing San Antonio to capture the Fall Championship over Minnesota United, even though they were even on points.
What to watch for
For Tampa Bay, look to the defense to step up and improve from their league tying 50 goals conceded last season. Gale Agbossoumonde, a new signee this off-season, will be instrumental in trying to shore up their defense. The Rowdies have been in pre-season mode for a few months now, so they should be in great shape to start the season.
For San Antonio, look for Chávez and Palomenque to be more aggressive in the attacking third trying to score those all-important goals. I think either one of those guys, and Elizondo, need to step up to be our go-to scorer. Be on the look-out for the back line chemistry as well. The additions of Attakora and Zea should really help fill the void left by Greg Janicki and Johnny Borrajo. Working together as one unit will be the biggest improvement needed for this group.
The Scorpions will raise their championship banner and present the team with their championship rings. Midst all the pageantry and excitement, I predict a 2-2 draw to start out the 2015 NASL season. Of course I want all 3 points, but a draw is better than a loss and we can't afford to come away empty-handed.
The game is this Saturday, April 4th at 7:30 pm CST at Toyota Field. #SASvTBR
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