Scorpions Desperate to Beat Strikers

San Antonio heads to Florida with revenge on their mind
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, September 06, 2013

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

The San Antonio Scorpions find themselves 0-0-5 and in the words of defender Pat Phelan: "There's no pressure now, everyone is expected to beat us."

But the talk in the Scorpions locker room is good as they are determined that they will not give up and think they can still make up the difference, sitting 10 points adrift of the top, which is the exact number they were able to recover in the spring season so it's hard to argue against their thinking.

Despite that, what is clear is that every single match is a must-win. And with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, they have a good chance of getting back on track.

The Scorpions have an impressive record against Fort Lauderdale, but the Strikers have been a successful side in this fall season by far proving themselves to be the shock team of the year.

The big news out of the Minnesota last week match was 2 suspensions handed down from the league with captain Kevin Harmse out for 6 weeks and Esteban Bayona out for 2 matches. Both will miss the match with the Strikers.

While Bayona shouldn't be a big loss, as the match against Minnesota was his 1st appearance in the season, so he likely won't be missed but Harmse is a significant loss for the Scorpions.

The lack of depth in the Scorpions' defense is certainly going to make life tough for Marcina to work out Harmse's replacement.

While they may be able to find a useful body to fill the space at the back, the leadership that Harmse brings to the team will be difficult to replace.

Marcina has 2 useful options, though. He could move Pat Phelan back to defense. It's not his natural position, but he could cover the hole and has enough defensive experience as a holding midfielder. If Phelan moves back the most likely man to put in to the side will be Edin Husic, covering midfield.

The other option is to force Lyle Martin to stay as a defender instead of pushing forward as he did against Minnesota when he was listed as a defender.

The bright note for the Scorpions was the impressive use of substitutions by Alen Marcina as he looked to make attacking changes, it is clear the Scorpions will be an attacking team under Marcina.

Prediction: The Scorpions still made some awful mistakes against Minnesota, but they continued to look good despite being a man down. It's clear they'll be attacking, but Fort Lauderdale have been impressive lately this will be a tough match. 3-2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

NEXT UP: September 7 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 7:30 p.m. EST, 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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