Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5594
  • Date06 Sep 14
  • VenueToyota Field
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San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 3
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D L W W W
FC Edmonton 0
FC Edmonton

R. Castillo37'

B. Forbes82'

T. Caesar90'

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton

SASvFCE

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: SAS-MeTV KSAT 12.2

 

NASL Fall Season Leaders, San Antonio Scorpions will put a seven-game home unbeaten on the line when they host FC Edmonton at Toyota Field.  The Scorpions, who are just a point from the top spot in the NASL Combined Standings, are coming off a 2-0 road loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last Friday.  Meanwhile, the Eddies, who are three points from the last berth to The Championship, earned their third consecutive victory after topping visiting Minnesota United FC, 2-1 last Sunday.  San Antonio has not lost at home against the Canadian side, however Edmonton is unbeaten against the Texas club in its last two encounters.  The last time both clubs faced off was on August 3 at Clarke Stadium where the Eddies posted a 3-1 home victory.  Forwards Tomi Ameobi, Daryl Fordyce and midfielder Horace James each scored for Edmonton, while forward Eric Hassli has the only tally for San Antonio in the loss.

 

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

 

Recognition:

SAS-N/A

FCE-Chad Burt, Lance Laing (Team of the Week-8)

 

Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (5); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (10 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 3 ties, 3 losses— 10 GF/9 GA (+1 GD)

At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 6 GF/1 GA (+5 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Eddies 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 3 GF/1 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: August 3, 2014 at Clarke Stadium — Eddies 3-1 Scorpions

 

Coaches quotes:

“Saturday's game will undoubtedly be a stern test as we enter the final third of the season.  With their recent form over the last five games, I think it's fair to say Edmonton are one of the top teams in the league right now, but for us this game is solely about playing our style, setting the tone early and continuing our record at home this fall season." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“We are excited about going to San Antonio. We played very well against them recently, but with them coming off a defeat, they will be fired up to play against us. Once again we’ll have to be at our best, but the way that the guys are playing, we are confident but we won’t stop working hard.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

 

Referee: Sorin Stoica

Asst 1: John Dearmond

Asst 2: Tony Obas

4th: Christopher Mercado

 

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San Antonio Scorpions 3 FC Edmonton 0

San Antonio Scorpions extended their home unbeaten streak to eight games by posting a 3-0 win over visiting FC Edmonton at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

SASvFCE

San Antonio Scorpions extended their home unbeaten streak to eight games by posting a 3-0 win over visiting FC Edmonton at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

The victory moved the Scorpions to first place in both the 2014 NASL Fall Season and Combined Standings, while the Eddies’ three-game winning streak is snapped.

"Our guys put on a complete performance both on defensive end and offensively," said Scorpions coach, Alen Marcina. "The challenge to our guys was to make sure we do that for 95 minutes and I feel like this has been our best effort all year.”

The Alamo City eleven led 1-0 at the halftime break pulled away in what proved to be a very eventful second half.  Edmonton started the half as the aggressors and actually had a few excellent chances on goal. Lance Laing came closest for the visitors in the 55’ when he ripped a shot past goalkeeper Josh Saunders, but fortunately for the Scorpions, the shot rattled off the crossbar and out of harm’s way. Then in the 65’, things began to unravel for the Eddies.

FCE defender Eddie Edward pulled down Billy Forbes in the box and was shown a straight red card by referee Sorin Stoica, who also awarded a penalty kick.  Striker Thomasz Zahorski stepped up to the spot, but his low left effort was saved by Edmonton’s Lance Parker. Only four minutes later, Edmonton went down to nine men when midfielder Cristian Raudales was shown straight red for a hard challenge on Cèsar Elizondo.

San Antonio naturally controlled the ball for the remainder of the match with the two-man advantage and added on goals in the 85’ and then a third in stoppage time.  First, Elizondo and Parker collided in the box and then Billy Forbes collected the ball, dribbled around the downed players and calmy tapped the ball into the wide-open net for his fourth goal of the year. Just before the final whistle, substitute Trevin Caesar barrelled his way through the under-manned Edmonton defense before finding space to shoot and net his second NASL goal.

Edmonton almost got off to a dream start on the road as the Eddies put Josh Saunders to work in only the fourth minute of play. Saunders saved a strong headed shot off of an FCE corner and then the immediate attempt off the rebound from defender Kareem Moses. After that, the rest of the half belonged to the Scorpions. Rafael Castillo had a couple of ambitious attempts from outside the box go high and Elizondo hit a beauty that sailed just over the crossbar before the home team finally hit paydirt in the ‘37.

Elizondo squared the ball to Castillo outside of Edmonton’s 18-yard-box and the Colombian used some deft dribbling to open some space for himself on the edge of the area.  He unleashed a left-footed laser that hit the inside of the left post and then ricocheted back across goal and into the net. The goal was Castillo’s fourth of the season and the assist was Elizondo’s fourth of the year, but first with the Scorpions since he joined the team in a mid-season trade with the Carolina RailHawks.