The Crocketteers sent San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman a letter thanking him for the season and the good things he is doing for special needs children with Soccer for a Cause and Morgan’s Wonderland. Below is the letter sent and the response from Mr. Hartman. He is truly a great man.
From the members of the Crocketteers we just wanted to thank you again for all you have done for bringing professional soccer to the Alamo City. You have also brought more awareness to children of special needs and shown the world how a sports entity can have a lasting impact on a community in more ways than just making a donation. You are truly and inspiration to all. It has been an incredible season. One the soccer community won’t soon forget.
Looking forward seeing San Antonio take the next step in soccer development and the continued success for Soccer for a Cause.
From Gordon Harman:
Members of the Crocketteers:
Myself along with members of the San Antonio Scorpion franchise and SOCCER FOR A CAUSE want to extend our appreciation to every one of you for your consistent, passionate and unwavering support. The Crocketteers played an important role in keeping a high level of team spirit in force as we worked hard to become the 2014 CHAMPIONS! We look forward to continuing this winning model of success!
Take care and thanks again.
Gordon V. Hartman
by Jerod Young
The San Antonio Scorpions are the sports world’s newest model franchise.
In just under two years, one of the North American Soccer League’s newest clubs has gone from “the newest expansion” to championship contender. The Scorpions work to become the NASL’s top franchise will culminate as it takes on the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Field for the Soccer Bowl. The game will be shown live on ESPN3, One World Sports, and on NASL Live.
Here are the top 10 reasons, in no particular order, why San Antonio will hoist the championship at the end of the night.
We’re counting down the days until the 2014 NASL Playoffs begin by providing a bit of info on each team that made this year’s tournament. Today we take a look at the number one seed, Minnesota United FC.
Minnesota United secured the 2014 NASL Spring Season title on the last day of the season by one point. That earned them the number one seed for The Championship and rights to host all their games in the playoff run. United earned 20 of 27 possible points – only losing one game in the process. The final point was secured on the last day with a 3 – 3 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
United continued that form going into the Fall only losing three games and pushing hard to win both season titles. They fell short but still earned top place in the combined standings for all 2014. Minnesota scored the most of any NASL team and had the third best defense. It’s easy to see why United has been one of the hardest teams to break down.
It’s not impossible though. That prolific attack and stalwart defense went missing in the final five games of the season. Their were two losses, two draws, and seven goals scored on them in that span. The Fall title slipped through Minnesota’s grasp during that five game spell. The coach and players will need to make sure they regain that form if they want to see their season continues after today.
United want to bring the Soccer Bowl trophy back to Minnesota three years after winning it as the Minnesota NSC Stars. They want to do what no number one seed has done in the modern NASL era and win the playoff championship. They’ve got the personnel and fans to help them do that. Can Fort Lauderdale bring a halt to United’s 2014 season? Not if Minnesota has anything to say about it.
Today begins The Championship 2014 NASL playoffs. Minnesota United FC vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers will have the early game at 6pm central with San Antonio Scorpions vs New York Cosmos beginning at 7:30pm central. Let the post-season…begin!
We’re counting down the days until the 2014 NASL Playoffs begin by providing a bit of info on each team that made this year’s tournament. Today we take a look at the number two seed, the San Antonio Scorpions.
The San Antonio Scorpions earned the Fall title and the number two seed in the final seconds, of the final game, of the 2014 regular season. Equaling Minnesota with 35 points but having the better goal differential was enough to win the Fall season. The Scorpions also came close to winning the Spring season. It was another final day showdown in the Spring that gave San Antonio the opportunity but in the end, they fell three points short.
The Scorpions have been near the top of the table all year long but a big push to begin the Fall season, and consistent play throughout, is what proved to be the necessary ingredients for their Fall title. The biggest win came against the Tampa Bay Rowdies four weeks ago. The seven goals they put past the Rowdies keeper that night were the deciding factor in the end. They cemented their title hopes by beating their main opposition, Minnesota United, in the second-to-last game of the season in Minnesota. Those key moments turned into the second regular season title for the Scorpions in their three years of existence.
San Antonio will face off against the number three seed, and the team they beat last week, the New York Cosmos. The players know it will be hard to beat the same team twice in a row. They failed to do it in the 2012 playoffs against then Minnesota Stars. The weather should be good for the match but the field is still a question. Heavy rains hammered it non-stop for two days. The new Toyota Field drainage and grounds crew will be put to the test to see how the field plays throughout the game.
The Scorpions are pushing for their first ever NASL Final and chance at the coveted Soccer Bowl. With perhaps the strongest team they’ve assembled, it’s sure to be an entertaining game for the home fans. Will the Scorpions push for a Final berth or will the physicality of the game be too much? San Antonio is ready to put everything on the line.
We’re counting down the days until the 2014 NASL Playoffs begin by providing a bit of info on each team that made this year’s tournament. Today we take a look at the number three seed, the New York Cosmos.
This was the New York Cosmos first full year after returning to the NASL last Fall. They went to and won last years Soccer Bowl against Atlanta. Looking to repeat this year, the Cosmos started strong missing out on winning the Spring title by one point. New York sat in third place in the combined standings for almost the entire Fall season. They earned 19 of 27 possible points in the Spring and 23 of 54 in the Fall. The 42 points earned them the third seed and a trip (back) to San Antonio for the semi-final.
The Cosmos only loss in their last six games was to their next opponent, and that was a final-second goal in the last game of the regular season. The coach rested key players during that final match looking ahead to the postseason. Now, the Cosmos are back in San Antonio to face off against the Scorpions again in Toyota Field.
Like the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the New York Cosmos were unable to get any points from the three games against San Antonio. Having just played them a week ago, the game is certainly fresh in everybody’s mind. It’s going to be a physical game from the first whistle. Wins have come hard for the Cosmos in the Fall but they’ll need to get one here if they have any hope of winning back-to-back NASL titles.
The play from last week’s game will give them hope that they can indeed repeat. It’s all about the end result and the Cosmos don’t see the season ending quite yet. Last year, the Cosmos beat Atlanta in their final regular season game before again beating them in the playoffs to win the title. What will be the outcome this year? New York certainly has their eyes on the prize.
Major League Soccer is expanding and with only 3 spots remaining, San Antonio is ready. But we need your support.