Strikers Come to Alamo City

Only 2 teams in the NASL have 0 points, and on Saturday they meet in a bottom of the table blockbuster
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, August 16, 2013

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

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single team in possession of a good fortune of strikers must score lots of goals.” – Jane Austen, kind of.

With apologies to Jane Austen, this situation is what the San Antonio Scorpions find themselves in during the NASL fall season.

The Scorpions have a wealth of striking options, but such depth couldn't find a single goal in Edmonton last weekend.

The signs for the loss were there in the Edmonton loss. The defense was poor but at least in that match the Strikers did their job and put 4 in the back of the net.

It is harsh to blame the Scorpions for the Tampa Bay Rowdies loss, but it's the most frustrating part of the team. With the depth this team has they should be scoring at least once every match even if they aren't winning.

There are issues in the back, they were poorly marshaled in Edmonton and that may well have been due to the absence of Kevin Harmse, who will return for the match against Ft. Lauderdale.

Harmse's inclusion will likely be for Lyle Martin, who far too often gave up possession and left open space, including for the lone goal of the match. Martin's dropping will be a significant help to the defense.

What will be interesting is the position of goalkeeper. Pat Hannigan didn't do badly in the match, but it's clear Jeremy Vuolo is the 1st choice making manager Tim Hankinson's decision tough.

Sean Arters made his league debut against Edmonton, a reward for his hard-work at training all year and that is sure to send a message to the midfield and strikers that they can be replaced.

That should light a fire under those players who are slacking and should lead to improved performances and as a result better service and more goals.

For the defense, that threat isn't there and the fear for Scorpions fans is that without the incentive to improve no improvement will happen in the backline.

Prediction: Thankfully for the Scorpions they now take on the only team with as bad a record as them. The Strikers have been woeful in both seasons and unsurprisingly prop up the table again. San Antonio needs a win here, and it cannot rely on as many results falling its way as the spring season. 3-2 Scorpions.

NEXT UP: August 17 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Toyota Field, San Antonio. NASL livestream and meTV San Antonio ABC.

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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