It was a tough start to the 2014 season for the San Antonio Scorpions after a 0 – 2 loss to rival Minnesota United FC last week. Reminiscent of last season’s poor form, a striker-heavy squad was unable to score the first goal of this campaign. The Scorpions were hard pressed to make a big push for goal after a straight red card was shown to newly signed defender Julius James for retaliation against a Minnesota player after a dangerous high kick. A man down and a goal down at that point meant the Scorpions had an uphill battle for the rest of the night. The players did what they could making several trips down the field but without anything to show for it. The Scorpions are now winless all-time in home openers.
Today, the Scorpions are in Atlanta to face off against a team that also lost last week. The Silverbacks were in New York in a rematch of last season’s Soccer Bowl Championship game. The Cosmos won again but this time scoring a massive four goals to none. The Silverbacks will be hoping for a better showing in front of their home crowd today. Missing from that crowd will be the boisterous supporters group Atlanta Ultras. The Silverbacks have placed sanctions on their own supporters group for conduct displayed at last season’s Soccer Bowl game.
“The three-game sanction was handed down by the club following several incidents involving fan misconduct.” – Atlanta Silverbacks
The three game ban covers the first three home games of the Spring Season. No one can sit in their section and the group can not gather, wave flags, or drum in another section. This decision may end up being a little unnerving for the players themselves not having that support that they are used to. The Scorpions may welcome the eerie quiet as well. Continue reading…
Last year didn’t go the way the Scorpions wanted missing out on hosting the Soccer Bowl by one goal in the Spring Season before finishing last in the table for the Fall Season. This off-season has disappointed all Scorpions fans with Hans Denissen being picked up by the New York Cosmos and other notable players being left off the roster. There have been some bright spots for the Scorpions though. They’ve assembled a brand new squad with several new faces with a lot of NASL, MLS, and international experience. This new team has gone undefeated in preseason matches including a 1 – 1 draw vs FC Dallas and a 1 – 0 win against the Houston Dynamo.
Today will see a continuation of a large forming rivalry as Minnesota United FC (aka “Mini U”) help start the season at Toyota Field. United have new faces come into their club as well but the most notable roster concern at this point is Pablo Campos’s absence. Campos has earned himself the Spring season off after an injury a month ago. The end result may mean fewer on the pitch fights today. Continue reading…
Five years ago, a small group of people got together with an idea of creating a soccer supporter’s group that would help grow the sport of soccer in San Antonio and hopefully bring a professional soccer team to the city they call home. This was the birth of the Crocketteers.
Five years pass and the Crocketteers boast over 1600 members, formed 9 adult and youth soccer teams, and support NASL 2012 Regular Season Champions the San Antonio Scorpions.
A lot has changed in five years. One example is the evolution of the Crocketteers scarf. You can find all the previous editions of the scarf on the new Discontinued Scarf Catalog page. Those scarves may no longer be available but the latest version can be snatched this Saturday at the opening tailgate of the Scorpions 2014 season. They are already available for purchase on the Merchandise page.
A big change this year is the way you purchase tickets to stand in The Garrison with the Crocketteers. For ANY Scorpions home game this year, you can purchase tickets directly from the Crocketteers by going to our Ticket page. Then, join the Crocketteers at their FREE tailgates to pick up your tickets.
One last thing, throughout the 2014 calendar year the Crocketteers will be having SPECIAL EVENTS that everyone is invited to! Some events already held this year include two Adopt A Highway cleanups, the Mexico vs South Korea tailgate and game, a Houston Dynamo vs Montreal Impact Crocketteers road trip, and the huge 400+ tailgate preceding the Scorpions 1 – 1 draw against MLS side FC Dallas. With the World Cup this year, you know the events will only get bigger! Check out the calendar for updated entries and join in the anniversary celebrations!
Prepare yourselves for the start of the 2014 season this Saturday. Your Gameday Preparation article will be waiting for you.
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Press Release from SA Scorpions
The San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL have signed former MLS designated player and All-Star Eric Hassli for the 2014 season, Scorpions President Howard Cornfield and Head Coach Alen Marcina announced today. Hassli reported to the team Tuesday and practiced with the team.
The 6’4” Hassli is a target forward with excellent skills on the ball and was most recently with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. He has made 280 appearances during his 14-year club career in both Europe and North America and has compiled quite the personal highlight-reel in the process of scoring 78 career goals. In 2012, Hassli was nominated for the prestigious FIFA Puskás Award for “the most beautiful goal of the year” alongside the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao for a screaming volley he hit against Toronto FC in the Amway Canadian Championship.
“Hassli is a landmark signing for our club,” said head coach Alen Marcina. “Hassli has been a designated player in MLS, has playing experience in French and Swiss top leagues in addition to Champions League. This is one more step to position ourselves to achieve our objective of competing for a NASL championship.”
President and general manager Howard Cornfield was equally pleased with the marquee signing and talked about what a player of Hassli’s stature brings to the club.
“Eric is a tremendous talent and is obviously a major acquisition for the Scorpions; there is no question we will be expecting a lot out of him this season as the building of our 2014 team nears completion,” said Cornfield. “Alen has done an outstanding job with the reconstruction of this team.”
An MLS All-Star and Designated Player while with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Hassli also was nominated for the MLS goal of the year in 2011 for a sensational long-range strike that he hit from an audacious angle in a match against the Seattle Sounders. Hassli played in the UEFA Champions League during the 2009-10 campaign with FC Zürich of the Swiss Super League and was a youth international for France with the U21 squad in 2002.
Hassli is 32-years-old and is a native of Sarreguimines, France. His club career began with FC Metz (France) in 2000 and he has also appeared for: Southampton FC (England), Valenciennes (France), Neuchâtel Xamax (Switzerland), Servett e FC (Switzerland), FC St. Gallen (Switzerland), FC Zürich (Switzerland), Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS), Toronto FC (MLS) and FC Dallas (MLS).
The Scorpions open the 2014 NASL season on April 12th at Toyota Field against Minnesota United FC. For information on Scorpions season tickets call 210-495-8686 or visit sascorpions.com.
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!
Major League Soccer is expanding and with only 3 spots remaining, San Antonio is ready. But we need your support.