Scorpions Head to Florida All but Gone

The odds of San Antonio staying alive in the Spring season are slim to nil
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, June 28, 2013

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

After defeating one eliminated team, the San Antonio Scorpions head to Florida to take on another eliminated team in the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

The Strikers are eliminated and so it can't be expected that they will go for a win in this match with nothing to gain.

The Scorpions are technically still alive, but even if every result goes the right way the Scorpions will still only win the half season on goal difference.

Hans Denissen has certainly staked his claim for a place on the starting XI with 2 goals last week making it 3 in 2 games, responding to manager Tim Hankinson's criticism that he doesn't produce enough goals.

More problematic is the place of underwhelming striker Eriq Zavaleta who was on loan from Seattle the last 2 weeks.

Hankinson said that he was looking at extending the loan with Seattle and there are growing rumors that this deal has been done, being met with groans from the San Antonio public.

If the loan hasn't gone through, a big question hangs over who to bring in for him with Bryan Jordan coming back to fitness as a viable option in a thin offensive lineup.

Even if the loan goes through, Zavaleta should certainly be left out of the starting XI with his only notable contributions to the side being a yellow card, a missed one-on-one and continually giving up possession.

However, the Scorpions are short on strikers, having gotten rid of Ivan Milicevic, and will be looking for more strikers in the summer break.

Perhaps a solid change would be bringing Edin Husic in for Zavaleta and push him forward while leaving the midfield the same.

The biggest question for the Scorpions is whether they should play their reserves given the slim chance they have of staying alive but that would be very unlike Tim Hankinson.

Prediction: After predicting last week's match to be open but watching it become a boring midfield encounter, it's hard to call this one open. But the Scorpions should have it much easier against the Strikers. 2-1 Scorpions

NEXT UP: June 28 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Lockhill Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 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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