It is exactly 199 miles from the door steps of San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium to the steps of Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium.
The last time the two cities were imbedded in battle, the Alamo had just fallen. A month later, General Sam Houston and his Texas army ‘retreated’ to the port town of San Jacinto (modern-day outskirts of Houston) and swiftly ambushed General Santa Anna’s Mexican army.
Fast forward 176 years. The cities still stand and the battle scenario is just as prevalent.
Only this time the ambush location is reversed, poised to take place at San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium, just twelve miles from the infamous Alamo mission.
The San Antonio Scorpions await the visiting Houston Dynamo Tuesday, as the two face-off for a third round U.S. Open Cup match.
The stage is set for a raucous atmosphere as both clubs are riding a wave of momentum in their respective leagues.
The Houston Dynamo are unbeaten in their last four games (2-2-0) since the grand opening of their spanking new pitch, BBVA Compass Stadium. After playing their first seven games on the road, Houston has seemed to temper their inconsistencies as of late, steadily climbing their way up the MLS Eastern Conference tables.
Houston is led by forward Will Bruin who leads the club in scoring with 5 goals and 1 assist. In just 12 games this year, Bruin has already matched his goal total from last year.
The Orange also cast veterans Brian Ching (1 goal/2 assist), Brad Davis (2/2), and Andre Hainault (2/1).
The expansion San Antonio Scorpions have taken the North American Soccer League (NASL) by force, and are unbeaten in their last six games.
Most recently, San Antonio showed their mettle after succumbing to a two-goal deficit against FC Edmonton. Refusing to concede defeat with less than thirty minutes remaining, the Scorpions responded with two second-half goals (61′, 83′) to escape Canada with a well-earned point.
It was San Antonio’s third game this season in which they scored late in the game to earn a draw or victory. Although the squad can not afford to fall behind early to an experienced MLS club like Houston, their late game heroics confirm that San Antonio will never quit or back down from a fight.
The Scorpions feature their own blend of MLS veterans: F-Pablo Campos (San Jose/Real Salt Lake), M-Kevin Harmse (Vancouver/Toronto FC), Ryan Cochrane (Houston), and Aaron Pitchkolan (FC Dallas), as well as international players Hans Dennisen (Holland), Walter Ramirez (Honduras), and Esteban Bayona (Columbia).
Heroes Stadium will immediately even out the battlefield for this interstate match-up pitting MLS vs NASL.
San Antonio’s premier soccer supporters group, Crocketteers, and the majority of their 800 members will be massed in full force well before game time. The Crocketteers are Texas’ biggest soccer supporters group; larger than Houston’s Texian Army.
The similarities between the San Antonio Scorpions and Houston Dynamo hardly bill this as David vs Goliath; more like the battle of Sam Houston vs Santa Anna. The Scorpions acting the part of General Sam Houston, and the Dynamo as Santa Anna.
The Scorpions hope to catch the Dynamo off-gaurd much the same way Santa Anna fell into Sam Houston’s trap. Only this time the ambush will happen 12 miles north of the Alamo.