Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers




San Antonio Scorpions return to Toyota Field to welcome Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL’s Game of the Week on ESPN3.  San Antonio is coming off its fifth NASL road victory of the year last week by defeating New York Cosmos, 3-1, while Fort Lauderdale was beaten 3-0 by the Spring Champion Minnesota United FC.  Despite trailing the head-to-head series vs. the Scorpions, the Strikers are unbeaten in their last three meetings against Texas club.  The last time both teams met was this past Spring at Toyota Field and it ended in a 2-2 draw.  Forward Sainey Touray and midfielder Josue Soto scored for San Antonio, while midfielder Shawn Chin and Fafà Picault answered for Fort Lauderdale.


Last Five Games:   SAS – T W W T W                                       FTL – L L L T L



SAS-Rafael Castillo, Greg Janicki (Team of the Week-1)



Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli (3); Assists – Billy Forbes (4)

FTL-Goals – Martin Nuñez, Fafà Picault (4); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (9 meetings): Scorpions 3 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses— 16 GF/12 GA (+4 GD)

At Scorpions: (5 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 2 ties, 1 loss – 11 GF/5 GA (+6 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting) Scorpions/Strikers 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: June 7, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 2-2 Strikers


Coaches quotes:

“We're aware of the threats Fort Lauderdale pose after our recent meeting during spring season, but our aim is to kick off the fall season home opener with the same type of performance and intensity we displayed on the road vs the Cosmos.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina


“We had a tough opening match against Minnesota, now we just have to put that game behind us. We’ve got to continue to work together and get some points on the road. San Antonio is always a tough place to play; they’re going to be ready for us.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner


Referee: Luis Guardia

Asst 1: Tony Obas

Asst 2: John Dearmond

4th: Christopher Mercado