Scorpions Head to NYC Desperate

After 2 poor matches for both teams last week, the Cosmos and Scorpions meet at Hofstra needing a victory to stay in touch
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, August 23, 2013

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

Two teams, both coming off losses, will meet in New York City as the San Antonio Scorpions head to the Big Apple for a clash with the New York Cosmos for the 1st time in club history. The Scorpions are desperate for a win as they already sit 7 points off the pace.

Last weekend both the Scorpions and the New York Cosmos had results that confirmed their worst fears. For the Scorpions it was the fear of yet another poor start that has them a long way off the pace yet again.

As for New York Cosmos, it was the horrible realization that this team is not anywhere near the same level of the old NASL Cosmos of Pele.

Of course that revelation is nothing new. This version of the Cosmos can never be like that as long as they aren't in MLS.

The really big question is whether that is really that bad a thing? The New York Cosmos didn't exist up until now for a reason – they over reached and over spent. Sure they were dominant, but they went out in a blaze of glory.

While the Cosmos were not as good as their hype in their match against Carolina, they were taking on a great team in the RailHawks while the same cannot be said for the Scorpions.

The Scorpions lost to the team that is easily the worst in the league, which is a mantle that after that result the Scorpions will hold after yet another awful start.

Yet again poor defense a goalkeeping error cost the Scorpions dearly as the offense again failed to hit the target.

It's certainly not for lack of trying as the service for the strikers has been good, but for whatever reason, they're failing to score.

It seems pretty apparent that Jeremy Vuolo will start in this one after another failure from Pat Hannigan, but it isn't clear whether there will be any changes up front.

While Tomasz Zahorski and Hans Denissen have both struggled to find the back of the net, they have shown plenty of promise. Then again, so has Fabrice Noel and so that's the challenge Scorpions manager Tim Hankinson faces.

Prediction: This one is really hard to call, both teams have not been as good as the hype surrounding them ahead of this season said they would be so this really could go either way as they come off poor performances. 2-2.

NEXT UP: August 24 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. New York Cosmos, Hofstra Stadium, Long Island, N.Y. 7 p.m. EST, NASL Livestream.


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.