Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance6484
  • Date07 Jun 14
  • VenueToyota Field
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San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 2
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L W L L L
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

S. Touray24'

J. Soto57'

10'S. Chin

90'F. Picault

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

SASvFTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com
TV: SAS - MeTV KSAT 12.2

After a successful road trip, San Antonio Scorpions return to Toyota Field to take on Fort Lauderdale Strikers and with the chance to claim the Spring Title.  The third place Scorpions will need to win by six goals (vs. Strikers) and hope that league-leader Minnesota United loses (against Tampa Bay Rowdies) and second place’s New York Cosmos either tie or lose (vs. Ottawa Fury FC).  San Antonio is coming off its fourth road victory of the season by defeating Indy Eleven 2-1 last week, while Fort Lauderdale fell out of the Spring Title race after losing at home 3-0 to the Cosmos.  Despite trailing the head-to-head series Scorpions, the Strikers are unbeaten in the last two meetings against Texas club.  The last time both faced off ended in a scoreless draw at Lockhart Stadium on September 7, 2013.

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

Recognition:
SAS-Walter Restrepo (Player of the Week-8); Billy Forbes, Walter Restrepo (Team of the Week-8)
FTL-N/A

Stats leaders:
SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli (2); Assists – Billy Forbes (2)
FTL-Goals – Martin Nuñez (4); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: (8 meetings): Scorpions 3 wins, 3 ties, 2 losses— 14 GF/10 GA (+4 GD)
At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss – 9 GF/3 GA (+6 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings) Strikers 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)
Last Meeting: September 7, 2013 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 0-0 Scorpions

Coaches quotes:
“Fort Lauderdale boasts a squad with experience that's produced some exciting results this year. We're coming off two hard fought road games and we’re looking to close out the Spring season with similar determination in front of our home crowd.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“We’re still disappointed with the result of the Cosmos game but obviously, every game counts, every team still has a chance to make the playoffs. San Antonio is on a streak right now, but we need to go up there and come back with some points.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Asst 1: Ricardo Mercado Jr.
Asst 2: Chris Gordon
4th: Christopher Mercado

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San Antonio Scorpions 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2

SASvFTL

The San Antonio Scorpions played to a 2-2 tie with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers while playing a man down for much of the match in front of 6,484 fans at Toyota Field.

After scoring in the dying seconds of their last two league matches to snatch road victories, the Scorpions were the ones stung by a late goal in their final match of the NASL Spring Season. The Scorpions led for most of the second half, but San Antonio’s man disadvantage finally caught up to them in the 90’ minute when Ft. Lauderdale substitute Fafa Picault headed a cross underneath Scorpions goalie Jeremy Vuolo to knot the score at two. Late in stoppage time, Walter Restrepo was just inches wide of giving the red and black another improbably three points, but this time it wasn’t meant to be.

In the 10’, Strikers forward Marius Ebbers caught the Scorpions defense flat-footed as he beat the offside trap and went in on San Antonio ‘keeper Jeremy Vuolo 1-on-1. Vuolo got to the ground quick to save Ebbers’ shot, but the rebound fell right to the feet of Shawn Chin, who side-footed the ball into the open half of the net to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.

The Scorpions chances were all coming from outside the box until the 24’ minute. Eric Hassli received the ball just outside the top of the center circle. The big Frenchman showed a very deft touch by flicking the ball forward with a backheel.  The pass was perfectly placed as it found the space between Ft. Lauderdale’s defensive line and goalie Lionel Brown.  Touray gazzelled to the ball, took a couple touches and then calmly shot low right before Brown could get down to tie the match at 1 goal apiece.

The match took a dramatic turn twelve minutes later as the Scorpions found themselves down a man at home for the second time this season. Eric Hassli was shown a straight red card by referee Armando Villareal for a challenge he judged to be late and reckless.  Hassli argued his case, but to no avail and San Antonio was left to finish the match with only 10 men.

In spite of being down a man, San Antonio stayed on the front foot to start the second half and were rewarded for their attacking mindset with a goal in the 57’.  Josue Soto, who came on at halftime for Sainey Touray, hit a liner to give the Scorpions the 2-1 lead.  Soto then went to work on the defensive end 10 minutes later when he made a chest save at the back post on a Ft. Lauderdale free kick.