April 12, 2014- Tailgate & Scorpions vs Minnesota United FC Spring 2014
The San Antonio Scorpions will face off against bitter rivals Minnesota United FC for the opening game of their 2014 season. Both teams had suspensions handed to players in the final meeting last year. How will that impact the start of the 2014 season? Start the countdown now! As always, be sure to arrive early […]
When the Scorpions moved into the beautiful stadium in 2013, the different supporter groups had designated locations and sections. The two primary locations within the stadium for supporter groups was Section 113 and Section 117. That is all going to change for the 2014 season.
Before getting into the specifics for 2014, it might not be a bad idea to talk about the history of supporter groups in San Antonio before we talk about the future of supporter groups in San Antonio. Currently, there are three established and active supporter groups in San Antonio for soccer – the Crocketteers, the Casuals, and the Dragoons78. There was a supporters group called the Alamo City Ultras but they have disappeared from the landscape, and there is a newly forming supporter group called “El Veneno” and they are working to become a Spanish speaking supporter group for the San Antonio Scorpions. Continue reading…
The Corinthians FC were introduced yesterday as the newest soccer team to play at a high level in San Antonio. They will be playing in the National Premier Soccer League (or NPSL) which sits in the fourth tier of the US Soccer pyramid. The Commissioner for the NPSL is former San Antonio Scorpions President Michael Hitchcock. The Corinthians FC are looking at playing their home games at Toyota Field – home of the San Antonio Scorpions.
Introduced at the press conference were Owner Pete Veras and Vice President/Head Coach Jonathan Burklo. Veras wants to “provide a competitive team recognized nationally and built from local players.” The two want to give players an opportunity to play at a high level where they can be seen by professional teams. They plan on showcasing the vast array of local talent on their roster.
Universal Toyota is one of the several sponsors that have stepped forward to support the newest edition of high level soccer in San Antonio. The press conference was held at Big Sam’s Grill & Bar.
Join the Crocketteers in welcoming the Corinthians FC to San Antonio!
It’s a new year and time for my predictions for 2014. Many of my 2013 predictions did not come true. Ok, none of them did, but I am sure I have some winners for this year. Here are my NASL Soccer Predictions for 2014.
A lighthearted look at my passion for the San Antonio Scorpions and for the NASL.
January: January Transfer window opens and Minnesota United signs Javier Hernandez to a 3 year deal only to find out that he is not the Mexican superstar Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who plays for Manchester United but the Olympic sailor Javier Hernandez who sails for Spain . United Coach Manny Lagos stated, “Who would have known there could be two Javier Hernandez?”
February: Schitterbahn Waterpark resorts buy the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and get approval to build a waterpark at Lockhart Stadium. A lazy river will run through the stadium allowing fans to float down the river during the soccer matches. Season Tickets to the waterpark will include a season pass to the soccer club thus assuring the team will be able to double last year’s attendance numbers as it is not butts in seats but tickets sold that matter. Team rebrands as the RiverRats and changes team colors to aquamarine.
March: In an exhibition match at Toyota Field, the San Antonio Scorpions beat FC Dallas 3-1. Local San Antonians DA Oliver and Sean Arters each score a goal. Dallas fans blame the loss on the fact the team has yet to hire a coach for the MLS season. In other exhibitions, the Atlanta Silverbacks match vs Chivas USA does not go as well as former Silverbacks coach and new Chivas USA Coach Brian Haynes puts an ass whopping on the Silverbacks in a 6-0 win. After the match Coach Haynes comments, “Who’s moving in the right direction now?” Ottawa win some Canadian bragging rights as they beat Toronto FC. 1-0. “We are happy with the win but we have to put this victory into perspective. It is Toronto FC.”
April: NY Cosmos open up the Spring season with a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks, yet only 2,000 fans show up at Hofstra University as Cosmos fans were unaware that the NASL had a spring season.
May: Ralph’s Mob travels to Carolina on 5/31 and is troubled by security issues at the stadium. Mobsters are Claiming Carolina fans have invaded the away supporters section and have stolen several Ralph’s Mob scarves. However, it turns out that the scarves have not been stolen but the mobsters just left the scarves on the charter bus!
June: A freakish snowstorm in Alberta causes the cancellation of the FC Edmonton vs Carolina Railhawks match on the last weekend of the Spring Season. Needing to have a champion for the Spring in order to give the hosting team time to sell tickets, The NASL decides the league will tally up the points minus the Edmonton/Railhawks match thus giving the San Antonio Scorpions the Spring title by one point over the Railhawks. Railhawk fans are furious and begin to act out violently. Prisons throughout Carolina are placed on lockdown.
July: In keeping with showing respect for the World Cup, the San Antonio Scorpions schedule an exhibition match on July 4thth against the Honduran National team who was eliminated from round robin play on June 25th. “We feel we are still within the spirit of the NASL policy since Honduras is a World Cup team” said Scorpions president Howard Cornfield. “Besides, we got a plethora of extra matches to fill for those season ticket holders. Whose idea was it to have a 20 game season package? Oh yeah that was mine.” Scorpions tie the Hondurans 1-1 with Walter Ramirez scoring both goals. Walter achieves his lifetime dream of scoring a goal for his home country even if it was an own goal.
August: The Ft. Lauderdale RiverRat’s August 15th home match at Lockhart Stadium is postponed when a malfunctioning water pump causes Lockhart Stadium to be flooded with over a foot of water on the field. Fans take advantage of the mishap and divert their floating tubes onto the pitch. “It’s the most fun I have ever had a RiverRats game” says fifteen year old Michael Macias while sporting a Bring MLS to Miami shirt. “I can’t wait to come back next week!”
September: NASL commissioner Bill Peterson resigns to become league owner of the new Futsal Outdoor Over60 League. The new league is made up of ex professional soccer players from the old NASL over the age of 60. Pele is the first player drafted and assigned to the NY franchise. Commissioner Peterson states, “When I asked fans to watch another league, this is the league I want you to watch”. League owners appoint Ted Westervelt as the new NASL commissioner. Ted’s first act is to relegate himself to NPSL commissioner. A new commissioner search begins.
October: After five consecutive losses by Indy Eleven with four of those matches involving Red Card Ejections to Indy players, the Eleven is eliminated from the fall season title. In response to the poor showing fans file a class action lawsuit against Indy Eleven for misrepresentation as the team has been more like Indy Ten for several matches this season.
November: The Scorpions play Minnesota United in the Soccer Bowl final in an exciting match where San Antonio’ Thomas Zahorski scores in the 90th minute on a bicycle kick to win 3-2. Pablo Campos who had a goal in the first half was unable to return after halftime due to suffering a punch to the groin during the break. Details of how the injury occurred were not released but Police have a list of 8,000 possible suspects. Newly appointed NASL Commissioner Ray Hudson presented the Soccer Bowl Trophy to Scorpions Owner Gordon Hartman. On Zahorski’s goal Hudson commented “ Zahorski’s goal was so good I screamed like a little girl at a One Direction concert”
The opinions from this article represent my own lighthearted look into the future and do not necessarily represent the thoughts or beliefs of the Crocketteers organization. Though I believe they will come true.
Start the countdown now – only 113 days until the Scorpions hit the pitch once again for NASL action. The NASL released the Spring schedule yesterday with games set to start on April 12th. The season will run through Sunday, June 8th when the league will once again take a mid-season break, this one scheduled to accommodate the FIFA 2014 World Cup that begins Thursday, June 12th in Brazil. The Fall season will be released in the coming weeks.
With ten teams in the league, the San Antonio Scorpions will play one match against the other nine teams. The uneven schedule leaves some teams playing only four home games in the Spring yet was agreed upon by the owners who “felt that it was more important to ensure the balance of the competition with everyone playing each other once rather than adding a random tenth match” according to Aaron Davidson, Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors and President of Traffic Sports, ownership group of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina Railhawks. The Scorpions are one of the lucky teams with five games at home and only four away. The winner of the Spring season still has the right to host the NASL Soccer Bowl where the Spring and Fall champions face off for the ultimate league title. That makes every game important with only 27 possible points available. Continue reading…
The San Antonio Scorpions season is over, the NASL Soccer Bowl decided, and off season is upon us. Already, Alen Marcina has been named the new Head Coach of the Scorpions for the 2014 season after serving in that position on an interim basis since August of 2013. Also announced, Tomasz Zahorski will be returning for 2014 after the Scorpions picked up the option in his contract. Zahorski joined the Scorpions during the mid-season break and scored nine goals in 14 Fall season games.
Two more players returning for the 2014 season are defenders Greg Janicki and Stephen DeRoux. Janicki was vital on the field and was part of all six clean sheets in 2013. His presence was missed in the center defense with his absence coming from both injuries and a suspension. DeRoux is an asset at left back and was also on the field for every clean sheet. DeRoux added an assist to his stat sheet and made several threatening runs up the side. Continue reading…
Major League Soccer is expanding and with only 3 spots remaining, San Antonio is ready. But we need your support.