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NASL:San Antonio Scorpions - Early Season Report Card


NASL's only Texas participant, San Antonio Scorpions haven't failed to impress this season so far and despite a couple of early dips, this roller coaster ride has been uphill all the way.

The weekends victory over Atlanta Silverbacks saw them rise into second spot in this, their inaugural year in this division.

It seems an eternity ago now that the early days of April saw historical event after historical event being played out week on week as if scripted by a Hollywood director. The first ever NASL league match took place on April 7th away to Atlanta, followed closely by the the first ever NASL home match on April 15th, which will also be remembered as the first ever NASL defeat. This disappointment was soon put to bed the following week though as we watched the first and second ever goal being scored by the Scorpions at this level on home soil. This was perhaps topped by the first ever victory on April 28th when the team took to the road in the final game of the month, returning with a 1-0 victory after a tight affair with Carolina Railhawks.

From then on in, it has been success after success.

Victories seemed to roll out like a sausage in a sausage factory and in May, the team went unbeaten in six matches, lifting them to heady heights of the NASL league structure, giving them an almost invincibility shield feeling that would survive them through perhaps the most glorious and sweet tasting victory of them all when they met MLS and fellow Texas side Houston Dynamo in the US Open Cup.

The 1-0 victory over the Orange Crush on May 29th gained the club new admirers from across the States but also painted a target on their back as the new boys to beat which came home to roost as unlikely and unfancied USL-PRO side, Charlotte Eagles eventually broke the Scorpions 9 game unbeaten run in all competitions.

The 2-1 defeat at the Sweet 16 point of this competition caused some concern that the team would crumble under the pressure but the following week they returned to normal service with a stonking 3-0 win over the Silverbacks to streak into second spot in the table.

Things are looking rosy for the San Antonio side at the moment and should form stay the same come September, we'll hopefully be celebrating the NASL title Championship back in Texas.

On the stadium front, with constant home field attendances of over 11,000 at Heroes Stadium, pressure has been mounting to go straight to phase II of the building process which would allow for the 9'000 capacity stadium to be opened at the beginning of season 2014. This progression into phase II will be thoroughly dependant on continued large home crowds for the time being.

Whatever the outcome of the stadium, this season has so far been a tremendous one for San Antonio supporters and long may it continue.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Examiner.com, Football Speak, OurGameMagazine and various online sports and published outlets across the globe. Other soccer related roles he is involved in include matchday commentary and PR for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated. You can follow NotJustScottishFootball on Twitter @myscottishfitba