Bad Injury to Julius James Casts Shadow Over big win

NASL Fall Season 2015: San Antonio Scorpions v Tampa Bay Rowdies-slide0
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The San Antonio Scorpions recovered from their opening loss to put in a big performance and manage a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay Rowdies. It was a much improved performance from the Scorpions who performed well as they did well despite missing two players due to suspension.

Omar Cummings celebrates his second goal

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Omar Cummings was impressive as he was involved in all three goals, and went back to the top of NASL Golden Boot standings. Matt Cardone also had an impressive performance with the former Trinity stand out putting in a good performance as an understudy in goal after some impressive saves.

It took just 11 minutes in as a quick counter allowed the Scorpions to hit the lead after a quick counter started by Adrian Cann’s clearance. That ball found Joseph Nane who was able to send it through to Cummings who crossed in for Marvin Chavez who buried it, his first goal for the club.

But not long after that things took a bad turn for the Scorpions when Julius James went down with a serious injury. Scorpions coach Alen Marcina confirmed after the match that it was serious, “You never want to see something like that. Julius is out for the year. It looked like a break in two bones.” He said after the match.

That seemed to lead to the match really fading away throughout the first half as neither side wanted to risk a further injury. That lead to the match going to the break scoreless after the fade but in the second half, the hosts came out looking to add to their lead.

And so nine minutes in to the second half Billy Forbes was able to receive Stephen DeRoux’s ball and then send in a cross for Cummings. That allowed him to send it past Matt Pickens powerfully allowing him to score his first of the second half of 2015.

It took just eight minutes for Cummings to seal his brace as Rafael Castillo managed a long through ball which saw Cummings run on to the ball. Cummings was one-on-one with the keeper and allowed him a simple finish to make it 3-0.

At the back Cardone was impressive in the final half hour as he did well to keep his clean sheet intact on his second ever professional game. Maicon Santos had a solid chance in the 82nd minute as his effort from the edge of the box was powerful but too close to Cardone, sealing the 3-0 win for San Antonio.

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