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.