The San Antonio Scorpions took another hit as they were defeated by Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night. The Scorpions were outplayed by Tampa Bay for large periods and struggled to create chances throughout the 90 minutes.
In a spot of good news for the Scorpions the side finished the match with 11 men on the field, a first in four matches. Tampa went for the match from the opening whistle tearing the Scorpions apart from the very start.
The Rowdies thought they’d hit the lead in just the fourth minute as Corey Hertzog had the ball in the back of the net. But the goal was called back for offside, despite Hertzog being well onside when the ball was kicked.
Six minutes later the Rowdies had the ball in the back of the net again but yet again the flag came up for offside. This time the referee’s assistant was correct as the timing of the run was fractionally early.
The pattern continued for the first half with Tampa Bay dominating the match, controlling possession and having all the chances. But despite that, the Rowdies could not find a goal, as the Scorpions somehow went to half-time still level.
But early in the second half Tampa Bay had their goal, it came after Zourab Tsiskaridze was called for a handball in the box. That allowed Corey Hertzog to step up to the spot, sending Daniel Fernandes the wrong way to open the scoring.
San Antonio went to the bench as the half wore in, bringing in attacking substitutes on each change to try and get the goal. With under five minutes to play Eric Hassli had the best chance for the Scorpions heading Rafael Castillo’s ball to goal, but it was easy enough for Matt Pickens to get to and hold.
With two minutes to play, Tampa sealed the win after a nice run from Darnell King on the right allowed him to cross the ball in. Darwin Espinal saw his shot saved by a stunning Fernandes save but the ball rebounded to Juan Guerrera who was left with the net wide open, a simple finish to seal the 2-0 win.