April 19, 2014- Scorpions Watch Party vs Atlanta Silverbacks Spring 2014
It’s the first away game of the season. The Spring season is a short one and every road victory is crucial. Join the Crocketteers and our great sponsors at Lion & Rose Pub as we cheer our Scorpions on to victory! All watch parties are located at the Lion & Rose Pub (Park North) Blanco […]
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!
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.
Major League Soccer is expanding and with only 3 spots remaining, San Antonio is ready. But we need your support.