Scorpions Draw 3-3 Against SMU
A revamped Scorpions roster comprised almost entirely of debutants put on a beautiful display of attacking football in the first half to go up 2-0. The first team bowed out in the second half, as did the Scorpions foothold of the game, with the home side opening their 2014 preseason slate with a draw against SMU.
The Scorpions created opportunities early and often, dominating possession and impressing with quality, controlled attacking impetus in the first half. An up-and-down second half, saw the Scorpions relegated to a 3-3 draw in their opening tilt.
“The first half, the guys that are projected to be playing, I think played very, very well; it’s obviously very early but they dominated the game,” said Head Coach Alen Marcina
New signings made an early connection in the 22nd minute as Danny Barrera found Shaun Saiko making a great run down the left side of the pitch; Saiko was taken down in the penalty box by the SMU keeper and calmly slotted the ensuing penalty kick in the back of the net to put the Scorpions up 1-0.
The maestro became the magician in the 28th minute, with Danny Barrera taking a couple of deft touches to his left just outside the SMU penalty box before letting off a wonder strike to give the Scorpions a 2-0 lead.
The home side continued to mount pressure, as the Mustangs possession of the ball continued to dwindle, with the visitors bereft of goal scoring opportunities in the opening half. The imposing back line of Greg Janicki and Adrian Cann did well to thwart the Mustangs minimal opportunities.
The best chance of the half for the visitors came in the 30th minute, with Jeremy Vuolo coming off his line to make a save to stop SMU's Brenden Lee from getting on the score sheet.
Both teams exchanged goals in the next quarter hour, with training camp invite Billy Forbes’ impressive work rate paying off with a through ball that found Sainey Touray for an easy goal. SMU responded in a few minutes later as Andrew Morales bagged his second goal of the game.
SMU continued their attacking fervor in the game’s waning moments and had multiple chances to equalize in the late stages of the game, with a wonderful chance coming in the 80th minute as Stanton Garcia sent a sitter flying over the crossbar.
SMU finally pulled the game to level terms in the 82nd minute. The game ended with the scoreline knotted at 3-3.
Overall, Marcina was impressed with the new signings, encouraged by the glimpses of attractive play his team displayed in the first half and disappointed in his team’s resolve in the second half.
“All our new signings have been very, very good,” said Marcina. “They need some time to gel, they have to get fit.
The Scorpions will host the deeprot Funds Cup friendly versus FC Dallas on March 1 at 7 p.m. at Toyota Field. The FC Dallas friendly is “Bonus Game A” in the 2014 Scorpions season ticket package. Tickets are currently on sale at the Toyota Field box office or through Ticketmaster.