Tough, Vital Clash Ahead for Scorpions

After a disappointing start, San Antonio heads to Edmonton for what could be a season-defining match
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, April 26, 2013

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

The San Antonio Scorpions were disappointing in their last match out against Tampa Bay. With a week off, they have had some time to work on the issues that they had in their home opener.

But in training, the same problems are emerging. The problems stem from a lack of communication. And in a scrimmage against the fringe players, the starting XI did miserably, conceding 3 late goals and failing to communicate.

There is a bright side to that, as it shows that there's competition for places. This year the starting XI cannot drag its feet, as it has to perform well every game because there is some real talent waiting in the wings.

But there's bad news for San Antonio fans. Former LA Galaxy player Bryan Jordan will not be making the trip to Edmonton as he is yet to recover from the injury sustained in that Tampa Bay match.

"It's a bummer," said Jordan, "but it's coming on good and I should be back … soon."

There are some good signs for San Antonio, too. The rest of the squad looks fit and there were not a lot of long-balls used as more than just clearing plays in their training this past week.

The Scorpions have been heavily helped by the schedule after a week off of play to recover from the loss, while FC Edmonton played on Wednesday night in a hard fought 3-2 loss to Vancouver in the first leg of their Canadian Championship match.

That means that Edmonton will be coming in exhausted, giving the well-rested Scorpions a significant advantage.

"It'll be a good time to go up against them and get on a roll with these short seasons," Jordan said.

It's clear that the Scorpions have been working hard in the past week, but it appears that there's still a long way to go if they are going to challenge for the title.

Edmonton may come in fatigued, but there's one thing it has that San Antonio doesn’t, and that's a goal. And anyone can tell you those are a crucial part of the game.

Prediction 

It's a tough one to call, but the week off should have helped the Scorpions while a tough game on Wednesday did no favors for FC Edmonton. With that in mind the Scorpions should win, but their poor form in front of goal leaves it with just a 1-0 Scorpions win.

NEXT UP: April 28 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton, Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 3 p.m. CDT TV: NASL Livestream

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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