Scorpions Head to Canada to Erase Recent Woes

The Scorpions were stunned on Saturday as they sacrificed a 3-0 lead to lose 7-4
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, August 09, 2013

Defending The Fort - column on San Antonio Scorpions (SASFC) & the San Antonio soccer scene.

When a team is up 3-0, it is generally expected to win the match.

But somehow the San Antonio Scorpions ruined that chance, falling 7-4 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies last week.

Before that match even happened, Scorpions manager Tim Hankinson was very keen to point out to the media that he was going to sign 3 foreign strikers. And he did just that during the NASL break between spring and fall seasons, adding in those players.

One could argue that Hankinson's signings worked with 2 of their signings (Fabrice Noel and Tomasz Zahorski) showing up and working well with the Polish international Zahorski scoring 2 goals.

The issue is that the Scorpions conceded 7 goals, meaning that the issue wasn't totally on that end of the park.

By conceding 7 goals, the Scorpions conceded more than half as many goals as FC Edmonton, who San Antonio faces this weekend, scored in the entire spring season.

The bright note is that the Scorpions now head to Edmonton to face a team that has only scored multiple goals in a game once last season.

San Antonio’s goalkeeper Pat Hannigan was disappointing in the spring season, so it seems unlikely he’ll get a run. Back-up goalkeeper Craig Hill was not even used in the friendlies suspecting that he won't see any time for his home town club, either.

The big issue with the club seems to be complacency. While the strikers need to work hard and push for their place in the squad, the defense has no such motivation. The backline lets up 7 goals and still make the team.

Edmonton was dire in spring, yet managed to climb the table late on to finish 5th, so the Canadian squad will be looking to climb even higher this season with a win over San Antonio.

For the Scorpions, the big issue is erasing their embarrassment of last week.

Prediction:  The Scorpions should have done well last week and Hankinson mentioned that the players would pay for their poor performance. What is clear is that they need to make defensive improvements. 1-0 Scorpions.

NEXT UP: August 11 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton. Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB, Canada. NASL livestream.

Chris HOCKMAN

Nationality:
Australia
College:
Univ W. Sydney & Youthworks Coll.
Club Domestic:
Houston Dynamo, San Antonio Scorpions, Austin Aztex
Club Foreign:
Central Coast Mariners
Originally from Australia found football (or soccer as you Yanks call it) a great connection in a new country. Freelance writer since 2005 covering Australian and US Soccer. Based out of San Antonio but can regularly be seen in Houston, Austin and Dallas.
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