Scorpions Draw 1-1 Against FC Dallas
The San Antonio Scorpions faced MLS FC Dallas among a sellout crowd of 7,967 at Toyota Field in the inaugural deeproot Funds Cup.
The Scorpions organization, which has undergone several internal changeovers since 2013 including the appointment of head coach, Alen Marcina, came out in black jerseys in full attack mode against an equally aggressive FC Dallas team in red and white stripes.
After fifteen minutes of action, Dallas drew a yellow card, with the offense committed by midfielder Andrew Jacobson on Scorpion Jonathan Borrajo. Borrajo went down hard, but quickly recovered to continue play with a vengeance.
The first half saw David Bingham, on loan from MLS San Jose Earthquakes, defending the goal with several saves against an attacking FC Dallas. Dallas opens their MLS regular season on March 8, making this their last preseason match.
At the end of the first half, the match was tied with no score.
Coach Marcina brought the Scorpions into the second half substituting Jeff Jennings for Adrian Cann and Sam Garza, also on loan from the Earthquakes, for Shaun Saiko.
However, it would be Dallas that struck first with a Kellyn Acosta goal on the 47th minute leading to a change in goalkeepers. Jeremy Vuolo entered the match to defend the Scorpions goal, and would finish the match in the position of goalkeeper.
The Scorpions would rally hard to make a comeback. Forward Sainey Touray came in for Tomasz Zahorski, as well as Jonathan Fana for Barrera. It was defender Greg Janicki, however, who scored the Scorpions’ lone goal during stoppage time to end the match in a draw with one goal a piece, having been assisted by Jonathan Fana on a free kick.
Marcina started forwards Shaun Saiko, Walter Restrepo, and Tomasz Zahorski, midfielders Richard Menjivar, Josue Soto, and Daniel Barrera. Greg Janicki, Adrian Cann, newly signed Julius James, and Jonathan Borrajo defended the backline while David Bingham, on loan from MLS San Jose Earthquakes, started as goalkeeper.
FC Dallas, led by newly appointed head coach Oscar Pareja, started forwards Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez, and midfielders Danny Garcia, Fabian Castillo, Andrew Jacobson, and Hendry Thomas. Defenders Kellyn Acosta, Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, and Michel were Dallas’ starting defenders, along with goalkeeper Chris Seitz.