Scorpions Need to Change Focus

The Scorpions season is all but over, and now it's time to choose a new direction
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, May 17, 2013

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

The San Antonio Scorpions of 2013 are not the Scorpions of 2012, that much is obvious.

What is also clear, except to the most blinded fan, is that the Scorpions have no hope of winning the NASL’s spring season.

This is not being mean, it's just facts. The Scorpions sit rock bottom of the table, they just got thumped by a team that will likely finish mid-table and they have yet to win a match.

To their credit, they've started scoring goals, but it seems their defense has gone missing. It was a horrid defensive performance last week in Carolina as they conceded 5 goals, the worst in club history, in a 5-2 loss.

To make matters worse for the Scorpions, a silly challenge saw captain Kevin Harmse receive a straight red card, meaning they will be without their defensive leader for the match against Ft. Lauderdale. Although given the defensive performance last week, a change of leadership may be helpful.

On the bright side, Bryan Jordan looks likely to return for the Scorpions, and how desperately they could use him. He'll likely play right midfield with Hans Denissen doing so well up front.

In light of all of this, it's time for the Scorpions to accept the inevitable. They have no hope of winning the NASL and they should use their NASL matches for more productive matters.

Manager Tim Hankinson has frustrated fans over the past 2 years. He’s also had a lack of trust of his bench. Even down 5-2 to the RailHawks, Hankinson refused to use his third substitution.

With the Scorpions' hopes of winning the title and entering the Soccer Bowl this half-season well and truly gone, Hankinson should use these matches as a chance to blood the youngsters.

This is not all bad news for San Antonio. The club has a US Open Cup match on Tuesday against FC Tucson of the PDL and a win in that match sets up a home encounter against Houston Dynamo.

Elimination from their league crown is a luxury no other club in the United States has and the Scorpions could use that as a huge advantage in the US Open Cup.

Hankinson should rest his starters in the upcoming NASL matches. It's unlike him, but even he must know the season is gone. It's time to focus on a cup run and gain money and respect that comes with it.

Prediction: I spent a lot of this article talking about what the Scorpions should do, but Ft. Lauderdale, the team’s next opponent, is the only side anywhere near the Scorpions. Unlike the Scorpions, the Strikers seem to be getting their act together, and still stand a slim chance of getting back in NASL contention. 3-2 Ft. Lauderdale.

NEXT UP: May 18 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Toyota Field, San Antonio. 7:30 p.m. CDT. TV: KSAT (ABC), 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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