Rivals Meet at Crucial Stage of the Season

There are a lot of scores to settle on Saturday as the Scorpions meet Minnesota with United needing a win to stay in touch
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, September 27, 2013

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

Perhaps the most intense rivalry in NASL outside of Florida takes place again on Saturday as Minnesota United host the San Antonio Scorpions in a rare Saturday afternoon game.

Last time these 2 sides played. fans saw 3 suspensions handed out and 1 of those players, Kevin Harmse, will still be out as he serves his 6 week suspension.

Minnesota have been on a good run of form lately and are steadily rising up the table, but they're still conceding unnecessary goals, especially on set pieces.

It's clear these teams do not like each other as the scuffle in the last match proved, but that passion has produced some exciting matches in the past.

The Scorpions finally got their 1st win of the season last week and while it wasn't convincing they have clearly improved defensively and are at least creating more chances.

The key lies in midfield, with Pablo Campos operating as a lone striker. If the Scorpions can stop the Minnesota midfield, they'll prevent service to Campos, making life much harder.

San Antonio's defense also has to avoid falling for the trap of focusing too much on Campos, by marking him heavily they'd leave other players open.

Indeed, Campos holds the key for this encounter. He was getting under the skin of Harmse all night in their last match, and it worked with Harmse blowing up and missing this match so the Scorpions must be ready for that and be more mature than their last match.

Hans Denissen finally got back on the score sheet and while it was a penalty striking is as much a confidence game as it is about skill and getting any goal must be helpful.

Meanwhile Thomasz Zahorski continues to be impressive for the Scorpions as he continues his scoring prowess and Minnesota will need to stop him.

The Scorpions midfield has also improved massively with Walter Ramirez really blossoming under Alen Marcina since he has taken the helm.

Prediction:  Matches between these 2 sides are always entertaining and produce plenty of goals, which makes the mid-afternoon time slot all the more disappointing with both teams both hitting form. 3-2 Minnesota

NEXT UP: September 28 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United, National Sports Center, Blaine, Minn. 3:30 p.m., NASL live stream.


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.