Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance8205
  • Date01 Nov 14
  • VenueToyota Field
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 1
NY Cosmos 0
NY Cosmos

A. Cann90'

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. New York Cosmos





Another possible semifinal matchup for The Championship has the New York Cosmos visiting the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field in the other NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  The Scorpions, who still have a chance to claim the Fall Season Title, have already secured the #2 seed in the upcoming postseason after posting a 1-0 win last week against host Minnesota United FC.  Meanwhile, the defending NASL champion Cosmos, who also secured a spot into The Championship, are coming off a 2-2 draw against the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies last weekend.  The overall series is leveled between the two teams, however San Antonio has won the last two against New York this year.  The last meeting took place on July 12, with the Scorpions winning, 3-1, at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  Midfielder Rafael Castillo scored twice, while forward Sainey Touray added another in the victory.


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



SAS-Cesar Elizondo, Adrian Cann, Greg Janicki (Team of the Week-16)

NYC-Marcos Senna (Team of the Week-16)


Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals – Rafael Castillo (7); Assists – Billy Forbes (7)

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (7); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (4)



NYC-Marcos Senna



NASL Head-to-Head: (4 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 0 ties, 2 losses— 6 GF/5 GA (+1 GD)

At Scorpions: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

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

Last Meeting: July 12, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 1-3 Scorpions


Coaches quotes:

“It’s a fantastic regular season finale, playing in front of our dedicated fans who've avidly supported us all year home and away, with a chance to win the Fall Season Championship. But, it also represents a preview of our likely playoff opposition the following week; an incredibly talented New York Cosmos side with an array of weapons at their disposal. Our priority is to both secure the Fall title and to prepare for the first round of our postseason." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“We’re going to San Antonio to compete. We understand they will most likely be our first postseason opponent and we’re not taking this game lightly by any means. We want to finish the season strong and enter the postseason with momentum.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese


Referee: Ismail Elfath

Asst 1: John Dearmond

Asst 2: William Tomlinson

4th: Luis Guardia


San Antonio Scorpions 1 New York Cosmos 0

A goal in second-half stoppage time from defender Adrian Cann gave the San Antonio Scorpions a 1-0 win over the New York Cosmos, and more importantly, the 2014 NASL Fall Season Championship on Saturday night at Toyota Field.


The San Antonio Scorpions won the NASL’s Fall Season Championship in dramatic fashion with a goal by Adrian Cann in the last seconds of second half stoppage time. The victory over the New York Cosmos came in front of a raucous Toyota Field crowd of 8,205 fans - second most in stadium history.

San Antonio earned a free kick in the second minute of stoppage that led to a corner kick on the left side and then finally a corner kick on the right as time was winding quickly towards the final whistle. Set piece specialist Rafael Castillo curled an in-swinger with his left foot that Cosmos ‘keeper Kyle Zobeck was unable to corral. Scorpions centerback Adrian Cann was knocked to the ground in the initial scramble. The ball continued to bounce around in the box and just as Cann stood up, the ball fell in front of him and he reacted instinctively to tap it into the open net for his first goal of the year. Just seconds after the restart from midfield, referee Marcos Deoliveira blew his whistle to end the match.

Alamo City’s own had been on the front foot for the entire second half and on multiple occasions looked to be good for a goal - or more. Rafael Castillo and Billy Forbes had a nice 1-2 on the right side of the pitch that freed Forbes for an open run at goal, but the Cosmos defense was able to clear away the danger. Minutes later, Castillo scored what looked to be his eighth goal of the year off of a nice headed feed from Giuseppe Gentile, but the linesman’s flag was raised.

The attacking push for the Scorpions in the second half was a reversal from the first, when New York put San Antonio under intense offensive pressure for much of the first half, with their best chances both coming through midfielder Diomar Diaz. In the 39’, one of them sent Scorpions goalie Josh Saunders into a full stretch towards his left, where he was able to get just enough on the low, hard shot to direct it past the far post.

San Antonio’s best opportunity in the opening frame also came through a set piece. In the 25’, Billy Forbes took a shot in the box that was blocked over the end-line by the Cosmos defense for a corner kick. Castillo sent in a left-footed out-swinger from the attacking left that made it’s way to Cann on the far side of the pitch. Cann collected the ball and drove towards the end-line before sending in a cross that found striker Tomasz Zahorski in the middle of the area. Zahorski snapped his head left and sent the ball towards the open side of goal, but ultimately just wide.

These two teams will meet at the same time and place next Saturday, November 8, but with much more at stake. The Scorpions and Cosmos will face off in the Championship Semifinal and will play for the right to move on to the Championship Final and a chance to lift the Soccer Bowl on November 15.