Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5963
  • Date04 Oct 14
  • VenueToyota Field
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 1
Ottawa Fury FC 1
Ottawa Fury FC

R. Castillo11'

90'R. Richter

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Ottawa Fury FC





Ottawa Fury FC will be playing its third game in seven days when they visit the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field.  The Scorpions, who are currently second in the Combined Standings, are coming off a 1-0 road victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks last Saturday.  Meanwhile, the Fury posted a 2-0 home win this past Wednesday against the Silverbacks.  This is the third time the two clubs have faced off in 2014 however it will be the first meeting at Toyota Field.  The previous encounter took place on August 17, and ended in a 1-1 draw at TD Place.  Forward Trevin Caesar’s goal gave visiting San Antonio the lead, but Ottawa equalized with a tally from forward Tom Heinemann.


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



SAS-Nazmi Albadawi, Adrian Cann, Josh Saunders (Team of the Week-12)



Stats leaders:

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

OTT-Goals – Oliver (6); Assists – Vini Dantas, Tony Donatelli, Oliver, Richie Ryan, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Scorpions 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses—4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)

At Scorpions: First Meeting

This Year: (2 meetings): Scorpions 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses—4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: August 17, 2014 at TD Place — Fury 1-1 Scorpions


Coaches quotes:

“Ottawa have really gained some traction towards the end of this Fall Season, producing some good performances and showing a real willingness to play good soccer. For Saturday, we're focused on the task at hand while we continue to refine and build for the postseason, and we hope to carry the momentum from our recent away win to gain another positive result at Toyota Field." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“We know the importance of Saturday’s game in San Antonio and we are confident in how we have been playing. While there is lots of talk of the postseason we must focus solely on this game and how we execute our game plan.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos


Referee: Ismail Elfath

Asst 1: Ricardo Mercado

Asst 2: Jennifer Garner

4th: Hayden Edwards


San Antonio Scorpions 1 Ottawa Fury FC 1

A goal from midfielder Rafael Castillo for the host San Antonio Scorpions and a stoppage time goal from Ryan Richter for Ottawa Fury FC ended in a 1-1 tie in front of 5,963 fans at Toyota Field.


A goal from midfielder Rafael Castillo for the host San Antonio Scorpions and a stoppage time goal from Ryan Richter for Ottawa Fury FC ended in a 1-1 tie in front of 5,963 fans at Toyota Field.

"We got a point in a place where it is extremely difficult to get a point," said Fury FC coach, Marc Dos Santos.  "I have to praise the character and the mentality of the team. The fans and players should be very proud of everything that happened here today." 

The Scorpions held a 1-0 lead heading into the five minutes of second half stoppage time. San Antonio had controlled the action for much of the second half and kept the Fury from putting goalkeeper Josh Saunders under any real pressure until late in the match. But a series of corner kicks during that five minutes while the game clock read 90th created the opening Ottawa had been waiting for.  Two straight point-blank chances were sent in on Saunders by the Fury, but the Oregon native parried away each. The defense was unable to get a much needed clear, though, and Ottawa fullback Ryan Richter jumped on the loose ball in the box and buried his chance into the far corner of the net to knot the game at one.

The Scorpions had not scored a goal in the opening fifteen minutes of a match all season, but that changed in the 11’ against the Fury. Rafael Castillo was knocked down by Ottawa winger Pierre-Rudolph Mayard about 35 yards from the Fury’s goal to set up a San Antonio free kick. The Colombian midfielder sent in a left-footed shot towards the far post that went just past his teammates crashing the goal and bounced on the ground directly towards the open net. Ottawa goalie Romuald Peiser looked as if he expected a Scorpions player to get a head on the ball and he was unable to react in time to reach to make the save when the ball went through the scrum in front of his area. The earliest goal of 2014 for San Antonio was also Castillo’s fifth of the season.

San antonio had numerous opportunities to find a second goal, with the best chance for what would have been a game-winner coming in the 71’. Walter Restrepo weaved his way through the Ottawa defense on the attacking right and created an opening for himself inside the 18-yard-box, but lost control of the ball when he tried to cut back to his left. Peiser had come off of his line and was unable to get full contact on his clearance attempt, which fell to Scorpions midfielder Cèsar Elizondo just outside the box.  Elizondo tried to take advantage of Peiser’s positioning and chipped the ball over his head towards the open goal, but Fury center back Mason Trafford covered for his goalkeeper and headed the ball away from goal just before it crossed the line.

"It's points we lost when we were clearly the better team but to be fair I'm proud of my guys," said Scorpions coach, Alen Marcina.  "They did an excellent job. At the end unfortunately the ball bounced their way and they were able to finish. We take this game, move on and make sure we get three points against Tampa."