Scorpions Ready for Revenge Against United

San Antonio faces the same team that ended its season last year
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, April 05, 2013

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

Revenge is a word that is perhaps thrown around too often in soccer and it's rarely a motivator for players. But for Scorpions fans, revenge is certainly on their minds.

Minnesota United, previously the Minnesota Stars, is the team that ended San Antonio's season in 2012, defeating the Scorpions 2-1 at Heroes Stadium to advance to the Soccer Bowl.

Even worse for the fans, United now has 3 former Scorpions in its squad in Aaron Pitchkolan, Pablo Campos and Daryl Sattler.

Campos, though, will certainly be out as he serves a suspension for his violent conduct red-card from that semifinal fixture, while Sattler is also likely out due to injury.

Despite those absentees, Minnesota boasts a very strong squad and have been tipped by almost everyone, myself included, to claim the opening half of season.

Both teams could start shakily, however, with plenty of changes in both squads, which could allow San Antonio a chance to steal some points.

The Scorpions strength this year lies in their midfield, which has been boosted by having Pat Phelan as a holding midfielder. Additionally, Edin Husic has looked dangerous in the preseason and will likely be the go-to for set pieces.

The surprise the Scorpions could spring is playing Bryan Jordan up front. It's not a typical position for the former LA Galaxy man, but it is where he's been playing in the preseason, scoring 3 goals in the process.

The Scorpions have produced most of their goals in preseason from behind the strikers, so expect that trend to continue. The men upfront will use their strength to send the ball back for players like Husic, Jordan and Hans Dennisen to run on to.

Minnesota comes in with high expectations, and understandably so, with a top notch squad and being the most consistent team in NASL despite being underfunded in previous years.

Scorpions’ fans would be well advised to keep their expectations down for this encounter. Minnesota comes in well-drilled, having played a number of friendlies and is very fit.

On the other hand, the Scorpions have played just 3 friendlies. Despite its main strikers struggling to get on the scoresheet, which has been topped by Jordan, the team has shown signs of excellence.

San Antonio will likely get off to a slow start in this season as it will need time to gel. And as a result, any point gained from this encounter should be considered a huge result.

Prediction

There's very little pressure on San Antonio in this fixture and that could well play in to its hands with Minnesota under enormous pressure to succeed with the new name and revitalized fan base.

Despite that it's hard to bet against Minnesota, so I'll go with just a 1-0 result in favor of Minnesota. But both of these teams will get more dangerous as time goes on.

NEXT UP: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United FC, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minn. 8 p.m. EST.

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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