San Antonio Scorpions Lose 3-0 to US U-23 Men’s National Team

The US U-23 Men’s National team took on the San Antonio Scorpions on Friday evening in Frisco, Tx. It was the first-ever game for the new NASL Scorpions team. Although the San Antonio franchise was dominated most of the match by the young U.S. Olympic hopefuls, they were not able to score on the well organized back line of San Antonio in the first 45 minutes.

Eventually the skill and organization broke down the tired legs of the Scorpions who had only been in camp for 7 days. Brek Shea scored in the 53rd minute off a cross from the left side.

Just 9 minutes later Dilly Duka scored cutting in and out on the left side of the goal box until he forced a shot that slotted into goal near the left post.

In the 78th minute Jack McInerney found the back of the net for the U.S. His goal came after a cross from the right side that Scorpions goalkeeper Craig Hill mishandled, tipping the ball right to McInerney who headed in from close range.

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Final Preparation for US U-23 Men’s National Team Concludes in Dallas

The US U-23 Men’s National Team begin their final phase of preparation toward CONCACAF Olympic qualifying starting March 22nd, with some friendly matches against local club sides.

The ten day training camp started with a match against FC Dallas Wednesday which ended in a 2-1 win with goals from Brek Shea and Ike Opara both assisted by Freddy Adu. The FC Dallas match provided a quality contest for the U-23s with a lineup consisting of mostly starters, minus Break Shea, for a club side looking to prepare for the upcoming MLS season.

Caleb Porter has looked to solidify a possession based system within the squad in the ongoing ten day training camp, which culminates with a friendly against fellow CONCACAF opponents Mexico.

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Pre-Season Turning Into Interesting Test For Scorpions

The San Antonio Scorpions FC announced today the team will be taking on the US U-23 Men’s National Team on February 24th at FC Dallas Stadium.  This friendly will occur with short notice for the squad who have had limited time to train in preparation for their season scheduled to begin in April.

“When we play the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team, we’ll have had only a week of practice under our belts,” said Scorpions Head Coach Tim Hankinson, who will welcome Scorpions players and coaches for their first workout Saturday, Feb. 18.  “I think this scrimmage will help jump-start our preparations for North American Soccer League (NASL) competition in April”.

Earlier a preseason match was announced against Club Dorados de Sinaloa from Culiacan in Northwest Mexico.  The Scorpions will face the Mexican side on Wednesday, March 14th at Banner Island Baseball Park in Stockton, CA led by former Mexican International Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

Meanwhile, the US U-23 Men’s National Team begin preparations for Olympic qualifying and are looking to solidify their roster with a short schedule of ambitious friendlies.  The match with the Scorpions will most likely be highly competitive and intensely scrutinized by U-23 head coach Caleb Porter and his coaching staff.  It is probable that the best talent at the U-23 level for the US will be on display during this match as they finalize not only the roster spots for the side but tactical issues under the new possession based system implemented by Porter and his staff.

The match against the Scorpions will be one night before the US U-23 Men’s National takes on Mexico at FC Dallas Stadium on February 29th at 9:00 p.m.  The contests with the Olympic hopefuls and Dorados will serve as tune-ups for the Scorpions’ inaugural season in the NASL.  Their first NASL game will be against the Atlanta Silverbacks on April 7, while the team’s home opener is set for 6 p.m. CST Sunday, April 15, at Heroes Stadium against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

US Soccer Development Academy Takes Positive Step

The US Soccer Development Academy announced plans to move to a 10-month season on Friday, starting with the 2012-2013 season.

In an effort to increase the amount of time youth players spend training and playing in competitive games, the US Development Academy has decided to adopt a more traditional schedule widely used by most European countries.

The main reason behind this move is to align the level of meaningful competitive matches and training scenarios for youth teams with the rest of the world. The long term effect of this strategy is to close the performance gap between US soccer players and the quality of talent elite footballing countries in the world are producing annually.

“This is the model that the best countries around the world use for their programs, and I think it makes perfect sense that we do as well,” said US Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

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New Signings Add Experience and Local Flavor to Scorpions

San Antonio Scorpions FC continue their preparation for the start of the 2012 NASL season with new player signings announced earlier today.  With the signatures of Pablo Campos and Ryan Cochrane, the Scorpions recieve two players who are familiar with MLS and professional soccer in the US.

Campos, born in Brazil, has bounced around MLS most notably with a stop in Utah with Real Salt Lake, where he was a part of the squad that wone MLS Cup in 2009, can offer some experience on the front line for the Scorpions.

Although his career hasn’t been what most expected in MLS, it seems he has found a home in the NASL, earning top scoring marks with the Carolina Railhawks the year prior.

Cochrane, however, is very familiar with Texas having played with the Houston Dynamo and also with the San Jose Earthquakes.  Cochrane, also played for the US U-18 & U-20 National Teams as well.

These signings clearly add more experience and a connection to the country’s top league further preparing the young club for life in the NASL.

Scorpions also announced the acquisitions of two local born players in Matt Gold and Craig Hill.  Both players leading accomplished professional and college careers, respectively, look to return home to the country’s newest soccer city.

These local signings bode well for the community and show a commitment to the local soccer scene.

There has always been soccer fans in San Antonio, but more importantly, there has always been top talent in San Antonio as well.  The South Texas region is spilling over with talented youngsters that often get overlooked by domestic teams and end up leaving the state or playing in another country.

San Antonio has always assembled competitive club sides to compete in youth tournaments around the country.  The signings of these two youngsters are the first locally born professional players for the Scorpions and pave the way for local collegiate and amateur players as well.

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Scorpions To Play Pre Season Friendly

The San Antonio Scorpions FC are set to play a pre-season friendly with NPSL club Galveston Pirates SC.  The game is to be played at STAR soccer complex on Friday, March 9th at 8:00 p.m.

The Galveston Pirates SC play in the National Premier Soccer League which is the successor of the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL) which was formed in 2002.

The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and operates as a team-run league.  The NPSL features professionally run teams with players holding amateur playing status (high school, collegiate and former professional athletes).

“It shows our ambition that we want to play against the best the state has to offer, we don’t want to rest on our laurels and stay still. We want to grow and build a soccer community and franchise that the whole area can get behind and be proud of,” said Pirates head coach Brendan Keyes.

Meanwhile the SA Scorpions FC announced the signing of Javier Saavedra and the formation of a reserves squad managed by Saavedra as a part of his contract with the club.

Saavedra, 38, was capped nine times by Mexico and spent a long career in the Mexican top flight.

Speaking to the press head coach Tim Hankinson said “The Scorpions Reserves will represent the Scorpions and ‘Soccer for A Cause’ by playing exhibition matches throughout South Texas.”

The reserve side is an ideal format to provide top quality training against the first team but also acts as a proving ground for up and coming players wanting to break through to the senior side.

The SA Scorpions FC begin play in the NASL on April 7th against the Atlanta Silverbacks.  Their home opener is on April 15th against the Puerto Rico Islanders at Heroes Stadium an 11,000 seat football stadium owned by Northeast Independant School District.