Why the Scorpions Have So Much Trouble at Home

The Scorpions are doing phenomenally well on the road, but are struggling at home and have to get it together this week
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, May 09, 2014

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

After an incredible win at Hofstra University against New York Cosmos, the San Antonio Scorpions were brought down to Earth last week as they felt a 1-0 loss at Toyota Field.

Facing 3 straight home matches in the middle of the spring season, the Scorpions have a golden opportunity to push for the Spring title. But they have been wasting the chances they’ve had with 2 losses in 2 home matches.

Carolina comse to Toyota Field on Saturday, and ordinarily this would present a tough match against a difficult offense that has posed so many issues through the NASL.

This week is different, though, with Carolina finishing the match against New York with 2 players shown red cards, which will see key players Connor Tobin and Kupona Low missing for the RailHawks.

With so many players out, it will make life difficult for Carolina. Not just missing the quality of those players, but also having to change their combinations all over the park, and even potentially making a change of shape.

The Scorpions, meanwhile, will be coming in to the match with a largely full strength squad, which has been getting better at linking with each other over the past weeks.

There may still be question marks over the fitness of Eric Hassli. He has yet to play a full match and does look out of shape, but his performances have been solid.

Hassli has played his role with perfection. He won’t score many goals, but that’s not the role he will be playing. Rather his goal is to use that strength to set up some players to run on and send the ball home.

A role like that will be so vital against a squad that will have plenty of changes in the backline in a league where that style is not common in this league, which will make life hard for Carolina.

Simply put this match is a must win for the Scorpions, facing a weakened team and at home this sort of match is a match that any team chasing the title must win.

NEXT UP: May 10 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Carolina RailHawks, Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas. 7:30 p.m. CST, NASL Live, 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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