Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7381
  • Date12 Apr 14
  • VenueToyota Field
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 0
Minnesota United FC 2
Minnesota United FC

17'C. Ramirez

73'K. Venegas

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United FC


TV: SAS - MeTV KSAT 12.2

Minnesota United FC visits the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field in one of the fiercest NASL rivalries match-ups.  Both clubs are coming off a strong preseason showing in 2014.  The Scorpions ended their preseason unbeaten after posting a 1-1 draw against the three-time CONCACAF champion Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in San Antonio.  Meanwhile, United had a successful English tour last month that was highlighted by a 3-0 triumph over local side Matlock Town FC and a strong showing in the loss (2-0) to Derby County FC.  Minnesota has won three of the last five meetings against San Antonio including both matches during the Fall campaign.  In the last encounter between the two clubs, a second-half goal by forward Pablo Campos gave United a 1-0 win over the visiting Scorpions at the NSC Stadium on September 28, 2013.

Last Five Preseason Games: SAS- T W W W T     MNU - W L W L W  
Last Year’s Recognition:
SAS-Hans Denissen (Best XI)
MNU-Aaron Pitchkolan, Miguel Ibarra (Best XI)

Last Year’s Stats leaders:
SAS-Goals –Hans Denissen (12); Assists – Javier Saavedra (7)
MNU-Goals – Pablo Campos (13); Assists – Simone Bracalello (5)

NASL Head-to-Head: (8 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses—7 GF/6 GA (+1 GD)
At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 1 win, 2 tie, 1 loss — 5 GF/4 GA (+1 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings) United 2 wins, 0 tie, 0 losses— 4 GF/1 GA (+3 GD)
Last meeting: September 28, 2013 at NSC Stadium — United 1-0 Scorpions

Coaches quotes:
“The team and staff are thrilled about taking the pitch on Saturday in front of what is sure to be an electric San Antonio crowd.  Competing against Minnesota has traditionally led to both memorable and fiercely contested matches.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“I think this is a good match-up. Over the years, we've had some intense battles and it's gone back and forth. I think it's going to be the same thing on Saturday. They have some speedy and technical players with experience in the league and they're going to be a challenge.” – United coach Manny Lagos

Referee: Matthew Foerster
Asst 1: Chris Strickland
Asst 2: Jose J. Da Silva
4th: Armando Villarreal


San Antonio Scorpions 0 Minnesota United FC 2


Minnesota United have set the early pace on top of the standings with a 2-0 win away to the San Antonio Scorpions.

“I’m really proud of the guys,” said Minnesota coach Manny Lagos.  “I thought they worked really hard.  The three points are very big for us tonight, but we’ve got to get better.  I thought it was a great physical game and we didn’t back down and we saw the game out.”

The teams traded possession in the midfield for most of the first fifteen minutes of the match, but Minnesota United got on the board first in the 17th minute. Captain Aaron Pitchkolan chipped in a ball to United striker Christian Ramirez and the big forward controlled the ball with his back to goal and then on a half-turn, he volleyed a hard shot over his shoulder into Scorpions keeper David Bingham’s left upper 90

After that, the game began living up to it’s rivalry status as five cards were issued in a span of 20 minutes, including a straight red shown to Scorpions defender Julius James. Replays showed James was almost kicked in the head by Minnesota’s Tiago Calvano on a dangerous high kick, but when James retaliated and shoved the defender to the ground, referee Matthew Foerster immediately went to his shirt pocket for the red card and automatic ejection. 

The Scorpions pushed the action for the rest of the first half and much of the second in spite of being down a man, but the disadvantage finally caught up to the Scorpions in the 73rd minute. A foul was called on Scorpions captain Adrian Cann 20 yards from the San Antonio goal. Kevin Venegas stepped up to take the ensuing free kick and drilled a perfect shot over the wall and into the goal to ‘keeper David Bingham’s right.

The best chances for the home side came during a short sequence in the second half. First, winger Walter Retrepo deftly dribbled his way deep into the Minnesota 18-yard box in the after 66 minutes. The former NASL First XI selection absorbed contact from a Minnesota defender and was knocked to the turf, but referee Foerster did not make a call.  Then a minute later, the Scorpions were awarded a free kick 25 yards out from Minnesota’s goal. Eric Hassli, who had only come on 10 minutes earlier, stepped up and hit a hard, low shot that forced goalie Matt VanOekel to make a save.

The Scorpions are now winless all-time in home openers.