Scorpions Exposed, Eliminated by PDL Amateurs, FC Tucson

The thrill of cup play, whether it’s the FA Cup or the lesser known and appreciated US Open Cup, is the potential for upset.  Lower division, and even amateur sides, can knock off top flight, top division squads if all the stars align.  The peril of cup play, is to be one of those higher tiered teams eliminated by rank amateurs.  Last year the upstart San Antonio Scorpions eliminated the mighty Houston Dynamo from the U.S. Open Cup.  Last night, on a muggy, overcast evening, the Scorpions tasted the sting, and were eliminated on penalties by amateur PDL squad FC Tucson.  Despite the threat of severe weather, the match was completed without even a sprinkle of rain.  That statement sums up the positives for the Scorpions.  After gaining their first league win (against two losses and two ties) last Saturday, the Scorpions fell flat in a lethargic and disorganized effort.  This was a costly loss, both in respect and in the pocketbook.  A win would have given the Scorpions the chance to host MLS power Houston Dynamo in their new stadium, assuring a full house and a cash infusion for the club.  Instead, their cup run ends before it really began, and the Scorpions return to the field to complete their spring season.  Given the level of play thus far, avoiding the cellar may be the loftiest goal this squad can realistically achieve.
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Scorpions Get in Win Column with 3-1 Victory

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The Scorpions defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 in a game that featured many chances for both teams to score. Three goals between the 53rd and 58th minutes, two of which were by the Scorpions, defined the match and sealed San Antonio’s first victory of the season.

The Scorpions opened up the scoring early when Javier Saavedra scored in the first minute of play off a rebound from a header by Esteban Bayona. Continue reading

Scorpions Partner With CE for USSDA Programs

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The San Antonio Scorpions/CE have joined forces to provide the best players in the City the opportunity to be a part  of the  US Soccer Development Academy Program in the U14 U16 and U18 age-groups as a part of the newly formed  San Antonio Scorpions Youth Academy. This now gives San Antonio soccer players a clear path through the youth game to the professional game.

The US Soccer Development Academy program is a USSF ( Federation ) National  League split up into Regional Divisions  throughout various parts of the Country were youth soccer is  considered to be at it’s peak regarding the development of players who have gone on to the College,Pro and National level.  The goal of US Soccer is to have every Academy program eventually be a part of the MLS and NASL Leagues . Continue reading

Scorpions Stadium a Success, Even in 2-0 Defeat

The San Antonio Scorpions inaugurated their new stadium, Toyota Field, last night before

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an enthusiastic crowd of 8,177 fans.  Though the stadium itself is a true gem, the team assembled on the field left quite a bit to be desired.  Owner Gordon Hartman has overseen a masterful construction job to give San Antonio one of the premier soccer venues in the nation.  Now, the onus is on coach Tim Hankinson to construct a team worthy of its venue.

Let’s start with the highlights of the evening, which would be the stadium experience.  Toyota Field is simply amazing, and the Scorpions organization is to be highly commended, not just for creating this intimate and engaging stadium, but for pulling off what has to be one of the smoothest openings of a venue in recent memory.   Traffic to Toyota Field was amazingly manageable, even though we arrived from Austin just 30 minutes before game time.  Directions to parking were clear, and the parking at the NEISD stadium complex was free! Continue reading

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions Host Tampa Bay Rowdies

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The San Antonio Scorpions are set to host their first game in the beautiful new Toyota Field on Saturday. Toyota Field is a soccer specific stadium and entertainment venue that can currently hold up to 8,000 guests for soccer matches, and has the ability to expand to 18,500 guests. Continue reading