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Sources Reveal Problems Inside Scorpions

More details have come out regarding the management of the San Antonio Scorpions after several sources revealed information with how the club is run. After Saturday’s dismissal of Alen Marcina at the airport in front of the general public, sources have come out revealing even more damaging issues.

The status of players contracts has already been mentioned by the San Antonio Soccer Examiner, with all bar one player, Stephen DeRoux going off contract on November 1st. That situation comes from players being given just eight month contracts, making them seasonal employees, which one source described as semi-professional.

That used to be considered common in the NASL but as the league gets more top class, that trend has fallen away and this is now an unusual thing. Only three other clubs who will be in NASL in 2016 have been offering their players these style of contracts, and two of those clubs have been in turmoil relating to ownership so could see that change in 2016.

Without a coach, Howard Cornfield stated in the press release that they would not be advancing on signing players without a new coach in place. Given the players with the Scorpions in 2015 are now all off contract and not taking a wage, if Cornfield is true in his statements, those players will not be offered new contracts until the new coach comes forward, so fans should expect few players to wait around and be at the club in 2016.

The other major problem in attracting players to the club is the lack of health insurance, with sources confirming that Scorpions players are not offered health insurance. While players who get injured on the field are covered that is minimal and there is no further health insurance offered to clubs, meaning that they need to acquire that insurance privately if they want coverage for themselves or their families.

Talking to sources outside of the Scorpions, this is unfortunately not an anomaly for the club, as it appears that most American NASL clubs behave like this. That is likely due to NASL standards, which don’t require any coverage of players or their families’ health insurance, which does not constitute a breach of the Affordable Care Act as very few clubs have 50 employees.

As for expenditure on players, sources have confirmed that the Scorpions wage bill has gotten lower throughout Cornfield’s tenure at the club. That could well be due to an order from above Cornfield, so he should not be blamed solely for that issue, but sources showed that the Scorpions dropped to the bottom half of the league for wage expenditure.

While Major League Soccer in 2015 has shown that you can win with lower salaries, proven by New York RedBulls and FC Dallas this year, that downward trend will make it harder to attract players. Those numbers will lead to more dissatisfaction for fans, who have already started a petition for the removal of Howard Cornfield from the club.

Scorpions reach new low in Marcina Firing

Alen Marcina in the locker room
Alen Marcina in the locker room
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Scorpions Manage Another Point in Minnesota

Giuseppe Gentile scores the opener for San Antonio
Giuseppe Gentile scores the opener for San Antonio
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Scoreless Draw Ends Scorpions Hopes

Despite managing an impressive shut out on the road, the San Antonio Scorpions title defense has finally officially come to an end. The scoreless draw with Fort Lauderdale in Florida on Wednesday night was not enough as they needed a win to stay alive.

In truth, the Scorpions season has been effectively over for a number of weeks, but now even with a win in every remaining match they won’t qualify. It was still an impressive effort for the Scorpions but it all came to naught as the season is over, but may now allow some fringe players who haven’t secured 2016 contracts to play for the remainder of the 2016 season.

It was a solid first half from the Scorpions as they were able to control the match, having the bulk of the possession and the chances. Kris Tyrpak was again a key outlet for the Scorpions, really laying down a marker for a 2016 contract.

In the 31st minute the Scorpions had their best chance of the match as Tyrpak squared the ball for Billy Forbes who hit a powerful volley. David Meves got his arm to the ball and deflected it up in to the air allowing Meves to recover it.

On the very next attacking play from the Scorpions they had another good chance and again it was a Tyrpak, Forbes combination. This time, the roles were reversed as Forbes sent in a ball for Tyrpak but the Strikers defense got back well to clear it, which kept it scoreless at the break.

The second half saw things shift, as Fort Lauderdale had much more of the ball and looked to really wrap up their place in the playoffs. But they just could not get past Daniel Fernandes who had a phenomenal performance in goal again for the Scorpions.

Just after the hour mark Fernandes came up big to deny Stefano the goal as the Scorpions defense came apart big time. That left Stefano wide open, leaning him with a simple shot from 10 yards out, attempting to chip the keeper but Fernandes just managed to knock the ball away with his hand.

That would be the highlight of the half, as Fort Lauderdale struggled to trouble San Antonio’s defense which kept it scoreless. But the scoreless draw was not enough for the Scorpions as their season has ended as they needed to win out.

Great Goalkeeping Display Sees Scorpions Fall to Ottawa

Daniel Fernandes makes an impressive save
Daniel Fernandes makes an impressive save
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Josue Soto Suspended Accused of Sharing Information With Opponents

Josue Soto
Josue Soto
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Stefano Pinho Hat-trick Denies Scorpions

Kris Tyrpak on the ball in his debut
Kris Tyrpak on the ball in his debut
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Scorpions Manage Dramatic Comeback for Three Goal Draw

Nana Attakora celebrates his goal
Nana Attakora celebrates his goal
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Toyota Field and Scorpions Sale Nearing Completion