NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting Club Social y Deportivo Dorados de Sinaloa (Dorados) of Mexico in an international friendly on Saturday evening at Toyota Field.
The crowd of 5,311 witness second half substitute Hector Velazquez notch the game-winner in the 60th minute after a shot from outside the 18-yard box was deflected off a Scorpions’ defender and past goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo.
Greg Janicki got the host on the board first just over a minute into the match when a free kick from midfielder Javier Saavedra whipped a cross into the box and the Scorpions defender was left unmarked and poked it into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
Dorados equalized in the 18th minute when forward Julio Rodriguez took advantage of some poor defending by the Scorpions, and blasted his shot past ‘keeper Vuolo.
Both teams struggled to create any real goal-scoring opportunities despite playing some lovely stuff in the build up in the first half. Scorpions forward Fabrice Noel had a couple of chances from inside the box, but he sent both headers wide of the goal.
In the second half, the Scorpions had a chance to pressure Dorados with a series of corner kicks in the 55th minute, but failed to find the back of the net.
After Dorados took the lead with Velazquez’s goal, San Antonio continued to search for the equalizer for the rest of the match.
Scorpions’ Janicki almost had his second tally of the match in stoppage time but is shot went over the goalpost.
The victory is Dorados first against the Scorpions as the last meeting between the two had a 3-0 triumph for San Antonio in 2012.
The Scorpions will now have a rest weekend before opening their 2013 NASL Fall Season at home against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on August 3, at 7:30 p.m.
20.07.2013: San Antonio, Texas; Toyota Field (A: 5311)
SAN ANTONIO SCORPIONS – CSD DORADOS DE SINALOA (MEX) 1:2 (1:1)
Greg JANICKI 2’ – Julio RODRIGUEZ 18’; Hector VELAZQUEZ 60’
San Antonio Scorpions:Jeremy Vuolo – Greg Janicki, Jeff Jennings, Luka Vucko, Blake Wagner, Javier Saavedra, Kevin Harmse, Edin Husic, Fabrice Noel (72: Stephen DeRoux), Sean Arters (45: Tomasz Zahorski), Walter Ramirez (89: Daniel Medina). Booked: Wagner 79’
TD: Tim HANKINSON
CSD Dorados de Sinaloa: Jose Castro – Elio Castro (45: Joshua Abrego), Edgar Villegas (45: Juan Castro), Gerardo Castillo (45: Raul Enriquez), Rodrigo Bronzatti, Adolfo Dominguez (45: Hector Velazquez), Javier Salas, Cesar Saldivar (84: Jose Contreras), Julio Rodriguez (64: Jesus Padilla), Cristian Lopez, Luis Orozco (52: Oscar Ibarra). Booked: Dominguez 23’
TD: Francisco Javier RAMIREZ
R1: Jasen ANNO, A1: John DEARMOND, A2: Jody PINKERTON, FO: Ricardo MERCADO JR.
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