San Antonio Looks to Stop the Cosmos

Scorpions prepare to stop the Cosmos, who might be getting a certain advantage this offseason
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, October 25, 2013

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

All the talk preseason was about the New York Cosmos, and mostly it was hype looking back at a team that no longer exists and pretending that has anything to do with a brand new team that just shares the same name.

A lot of the talk was whether the Cosmos can live up to their name, and while that hasn't happened, they were never going to be able to match that hype. They have certainly proved a number of the NASL writers wrong (including this writer) as they have managed to pull it together on the field.

Outside of Marco Senna it didn't seem the Cosmos had big stars, and it was always going to be hard to attract the type of names the Cosmos were used to, especially when you're only playing half a season in the second division of American soccer.

So what is it that has made the Cosmos so much better?

It's not like they've been destroying their opponents, but they've been getting the results and that's something the Scorpions haven't been able to do.

Consistency is the obvious reason, but it's more than just being consistent in their results. They've been much more consistent in their squad than the rest of the league and that helps create consistent results.

The Scorpions haven't settled on their goalkeeper this season, with Jeremy Vuolo currently in favor, while the Cosmos have been able to pick a constant starting XI for most of the season.

And perhaps this shows the usefulness of only playing half a season, whereas the Scorpions, and the rest of the league, came off a very hard fought Spring season, which remained alive until the very end.

What's worrying about that is that it sets a precedent. Any club coming in can always request to only play the second half of the season. After all, they already let the Cosmos do it. Unless the NASL changes the rules, this will remain an option for some teams.

Of course next season the first half of the 2014 season will only be a ludicrous 10 games to decide the host of the SoccerBowl and as such there wouldn't be much point in missing that. And with the nature of the NASL, it's almost impossible to predict the league format of 2015.

Disappointment in loss

The Scorpions were disappointed with their loss last week, which is understandable as it came off a penalty but the worrying sign is that manager Allen Marcina thought his side deserved the win.

A draw may have been a fair result, but if any side had the edge it was the Tampa Bay Rowdies. They had the much clearer chances, as the Scorpions did not create much offensively. While it's cliché to say that you shouldn't be satisfied with a loss, the Scorpions really shouldn't be.

Prediction:  New York were stunned last week with their loss to Edmonton, they won't want two in a row and will come at San Antonio. 1-0 New York Cosmos.

NEXT UP: October 26 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. New York Cosmos, Toyota Field, San Antonio. 7:30 p.m. EST, TV: KSAT 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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