Scorpions Look to Stop Carolina

Carolina RailHawks come to the Alamo City this weekend to take on the struggling Scorpions and go top of the table
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, September 20, 2013

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

After seeing the San Antonio Scorpions performance in the spring season, it's hard to jump the gun and say that the season is over. But with half the season gone and the Scorpions a whopping 11 points off the pace, it's certainly getting closer to that point.

If the Scorpions fail to win and every other match is not a draw, the season will be over with no chance of making up what will be at least a 13-point gap.

But with that there are 2 advantages. Firstly, the pressure is well and truly off. At this point even a draw is an improvement, even a dull scoreless tie. The Scorpions have no pressure for results apart from the competition for contracts.

That is a double-edged sword, though. Interim manager Alen Marcina will want good performances to try and prove he deserves the job full-time and he will need to somehow motivate his players that have, yet again, seemed un-motivated.

The other big chance for the Scorpions is to play the spoiler effect, with the league so tight the Scorpions can at least eliminate other teams from contention for the SoccerBowl.

But in order to do that the Scorpions dire defense will need to improve. In a sign of how poor the Scorpions defense is, Logan Emory was able to walk in to the starting XI after being with the club for just 2 days.

On the bright side for the Scorpions, they didn't see any red-card in the match against the Atlanta Silverbacks last week, which will bring slightly more depth to the defense and Emory will have more familiarity with the team which is bound to help.

Carolina started the season brightly and for a long time it was looking like cruising in to the final, but yet again the league tightened up and a couple of tough results have seen Carolina drop from top spot.

This match marks an important stop on the battle for the golden boot with Hans Denissen starting to fall behind Brian Shriver and will be keen to get back on track.

Prediction:  Both teams are fairly similar but with such different fortunes as both teams’ weak link really being their defense. This could be another entertaining home loss for the Scorpions. 3-1 Carolina

NEXT UP: September 21 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Carolina RailHawks, Toyota Field, San Antonio. 7:30 p.m. EST, NASL livestream, ABC San Antonio.

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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