San Antonio Scorpions remained busy during the month of July; even after they concluded the NASL Spring Season on Independence Day with their fifth-straight win. Three friendlies were scheduled for the month, the first coming against the popular Mexican club, Tigres UANL, just two days after the Scorpions’ Fourth of July victory against Carolina.
The match against Tigres brought an attendance record of 8,255 to Toyota Field and was a showcase to behold. Even though Tigres, a team from Mexico’s top soccer league, beat the Scorpions 5-1, the match proved to be a great showcase for the San Antonio soccer community.
Blake Wagner and Edin Husic displayed some deft passing in the midfield against Tigres, finally breaking through for a goal in the 80th minute. Wagner beat the Tigres backline by tapping the ball in the net after a great counter attack led to a succession of great passes from the Scorpions’ midfield.
Attacking midfielder Lucas Lobos, the Tigres star player and captain, displayed during the match why he has four Liga MX MVPs to his name by scoring an otherwise difficult goal with deceptive ease. His strike in the 37th minute from about 25 yards out floated past Scorpions’ goalie, Patrick Hannigan, and into the top-right corner of the net.
Just as the Scorpions’ franchise was created as a means to an end, the end being to fund Morgan’s Wonderland, the second friendly of the month was meant to benefit the Tornado victims of Oklahoma.
San Antonio invited Oklahoma City FC, a club from the USL Premier Development League, to play at Toyota Field on July 14th. Partial proceeds from the match helped tornado victims in the Oklahoma City area that were devastated by the May storms.
The 4,024 fans that came out to Toyota Field to see the match witnessed an offensive show. The Scorpions won 4-3 behind a hat trick from Hans Denissen, his first as a member of the Alamo City club. Despite dominating possession for most of the match, the Scorpions still found themselves behind 3-2 before Denissen scored in the 66th and 74th minutes to put the game away.
Not even a week later on July 20th, San Antonio welcomed Dorados de Sinaloa to Toyota Field for their third and final friendly of the month. Dorados, a second-tier Mexican club, took home a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought and evenly played match. The Scorpions scored their only goal just one minute in, when Javier Saavedra whipped a cross into the box to Greg Janicki, who poked it into the goal as he was left completely unmarked.
Dorados would come back and score in the 18th and 60th minutes to steal the victory from the Scorpions in a match that could have gone either way.
The Scorpions’ busy schedule in July should prepare them for a run at the NASL Fall Championship and a spot in the first annual Soccer Bowl.
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