All-time regular season series: Tied 4-5-4
2015 head-to-head series: FTL leads 0-1-1
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will play host to the San Antonio Scorpions for the final time in 2015. This is the final "rematch" of the 2014 NASL Soccer Bowl, which San Antonio won 2-1 last November. With 90% of the 2015 season already played, these two teams will be ending their seasons in very different ways. The Strikers, coming off the Soccer Bowl loss, are in position to claim the final Championship playoff spot this year. On the other hand, the defending champions are virtually eliminated from post-season contention. While mathematically still in the race, their 1-0 loss in Ottawa on Sunday made it practically impossible for the champs to have the chance to repeat.
The last time these two clubs met, Stefano Pinho, the league's Golden Boot leader and MVP candidate, scored his 2nd hat-trick of the season (no other NASL player even has one hat-trick) to down the Scorpions 2-4 at Toyota Field. The defense played well in Canada this past weekend though, especially goalie Daniel Fernandes. He'll be tasked with trying to prevent Pinho from adding to his goal tally. A tough task to say the least.
The Strikers are coming off an impressive 4-0 home victory over the Carolina Railhawks and will look to continue their goal scoring prowess to help them secure their 2nd consecutive playoff appearance.
San Antonio has not won in Fort Lauderdale since a 4-1 win back on June 29, 2013. With their post-season hopes hanging by a thread, and vying to not end up at the bottom of the table, it will be 3 points or bust for the Alamo City Boys in South Florida
It's a quick turnaround for the Scorpions, who just played on Sunday. Striker Eric Hassli will be unavailable due to his questionable red card he received in Canada. The Scorpions will have to look to Cummings, Tyrpak, and Gentile to be the ones to score for the Red & Black.
Playing against a team that is also playing for the playoffs, playing away from home, and playing on a short turn around are not the ideal conditions to play with. The Scorpions will have to overcome these if they want to leave Florida for the final time in 2015 with 3 points. We'll see if they can do it. History is against them and San Antonio hasn't bucked any bad trends this year.
The game is today at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Game time is 6:30 pm CST and can be watched on ESPN3. #FTLvSAS
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