Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance6958
  • Date19 Jul 14
  • VenueToyota Field
  • Kick Off07:45 PM EDT
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San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 2
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L L D L L
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

B. Forbes23'

T. Zahorski43'

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

SAS vs FTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ESPN3; SAS-MeTV KSAT 12.2

 

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

 

Recognition:

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

FTL-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

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

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

 

Series:

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

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San Antonio Scorpions 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0

Forward Billy Forbes had a goal and an assist to lead the San Antonio Scorpions to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of 6,958 spectators at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

SASvFTL

Forward Billy Forbes had a goal and an assist to lead the San Antonio Scorpions to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of 6,958 spectators at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

Turks & Caicos Islands international Forbes continues to make his mark for the Scorpions as he struck for the opening goal of the match in only the 23rd minute.

Walter Restrepo dribbled around the edge of the Fort Lauderdale box from right to left, avoided two challenges from Strikers players and then he slid the ball towards the half-circle as the defense collapsed on him. This gave Forbes plenty of space to run onto the ball and hit a one-time shot with his left foot into the lower right corner for his second goal of the season in NASL play.

Forbes then added his NASL-leading fifth assist right before halftime to double the red-and-black’s advantage.  He fed Polish striker Tomasz Zahorski, who was posted up inside the 18-yard-box.  The Polish striker made a nice turn on the Strikers’ defender marking him and hit a low shot that goalkeeper Kamil Čontofalský couldn’t get to.

San Antonio almost had the opener just 14 minutes in when Čontofalský couldn’t hold onto Restrepo’s long-range blast.  The ball fell straight to Zahorski’s feet, but Čontofalský recovered enough to block the attempt.

In the second half, the Strikers were on the front foot offensively and put the Scorpions under immense pressure for most of the 45. Scorpions goalkeeper David Bingham - back this week from San Jose -was up to the task, however as he made save after save on clear Strikers chances.

His best came in the 59’ when Ft. Lauderdale midfielder Mark Anderson unleashed a wicked shot that was locked in on the far upper 90 like a guided missile.  But Bingham took two steps, leapt and at a full reach was able to get just enough on the ball to push it wide and out for a corner kick that the Scorpions were able to clear.

It took a bit of luck, however, to maintain the shutout as Trinidad & Tobago defender Julius James was called for a tug in the box on a Strikers attacker and Referee Luis Guardia immediately went to his shirt pocket for a red card and pointed to the spot for the penalty kick.  Forward Fafa Picault stepped up to take the kick, but he sent his effort straight into the left post and the rebound was immediately cleared by the Scorpions for the 2-0 final.

Scorpions coach Alen Marcina commented after the game: "We knew we had to start off on the right foot, it was a big win for us and it was a little emotional at the end but that’s entertaining for the fans and that put us in first place right now so we just got to carry the momentum and keep it going.  He came up with some big saves even that penalty kick save at the end so hats off to Bingham and we're looking forward to more performances like that from him."