Marcina Looks to Keep Role Against Carolina

With NY already clinching the berth in the Soccer Bowl, the motivation will be for Alen Marcina to keep his job
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, November 01, 2013

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

The NASL Fall season is over. And with no one having anything to play for the Fall title, this weekend could be a very dull round of NASL action.

But this match between the Carolina Railhawks and the San Antonio Scorpions has a number of implications.

For Carolina, it's a chance to seal the soon-to-be created trophy for the highest points total over both seasons.

For the Scorpions, manager Alen Marcina is looking to stay in the head coach role permanently and it's certainly a borderline decision.

If Marcina can beat Carolina, who is in top form, on the road, it would certainly be a big check mark in favor of him keeping the job.

But before any decisions are made, the question stands: Are there other options that are better than Marcina?

Marcina's experience in head coaching contains purely to what he's done with the Scorpions so it's clear that experience won't get him over the line.

And what has he done in that time? The Scorpions have won matches, but they're still winless on the road and still in last place. So has Marcina really improved the situation?

With a number of MLS coaches coming off their contracts, it’s possible one of them could settle for a position in NASL with the Scorpions, especially since San Antonio is a possible future MLS expansion site.

But Marcina wouldn't come with the price tag of those coaches and could well be a class manager waiting to shine when given the opportunity to build his own squad.

Whatever happens going forward, Marcina is a vital member of the Scorpions. His contacts allow access to players that other NASL clubs can't even speak to and at a much more affordable rate, supporting the long term viability of the club.

In addition, Marcina is a fantastic trainer and could well find himself in that role at a higher level in the future. Whether he's the manager to lead the Scorpions forward, Saturday will go a long way to showing that.

Prediction:  Both teams will actually be looking to get a solid win in this match, but with the form Carolina is in, it's hard to see them falling to the Scorpions if they put in 100 percent. 2-0 Carolina

NEXT UP: November 2 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Carolina RailHawks, Wakemed Park, Cary, N.C. 7 p.m. EST, NASL Live.


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.