Scorpions Look to Stay Strong in Tampa

San Antonio back on track, bye week could prove dangerous
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, June 14, 2013

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

A break can either be a good thing or a bad thing. And depending on who you ask, this week's break could be either for the San Antonio Scorpions.

On the good side, the Scorpions had a chance to rest both Pat Hannigan and Pat Phelan, who suffered knocks and injuries in their match against Minnesota.

It would seem that this break was probably a good one for the Scorpions, since they haven't put together any runs of success and the time to recover from injuries is vitally important.

The break was especially useful when looking at the crucial performances from the older members of the squad withPhelan, Kevin Harmse and Javier Saavedra all impressing recently but all in need of a week off.

But the Scorpions looked very good against Minnesota and could really have used the momentum and confidence to build up a streak.

Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Rowdies have been in some busy action lately and faced a trip to the Northwest to take on the Portland Timbers in a US Open Cup match on Wednesday.

Tampa looked tired late on in its match against Carolina last week, which saw the RailHawks score twice in stoppage time.

Carolina was far from clinical in that match with Tampa, allowing the Railhawks plenty of opportunities that weren't taken by the hosts and that should be promising.

The Scorpions played their best soccer of the season in their match against Minnesota and they appear to have really turned a corner in their season where the mental side appears to be finally on track.

Prediction: With Tampa Bay's busy schedule compared to the Scorpions coming in to this match on a rest, the Scorpions should do well here if they can play as well as their Minnesota match. 2-1 Scorpions

NEXT UP: June 15 – Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. San Antonio Scorpions, Al Lang Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL. 7:30 p.m. EST, 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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