SAN ANTONIO, Texas _ In late Spring you’ll hear Arsenal Supporters start signing ‘She wore a yellow ribbon’ if the Gunners make it to the FA Cup Semi Finals/Finals at Wembley Stadium. On Saturday night at Toyota Stadium the Scorpion faithful should have been signing ‘the referee wore a yellow shirt and he has a pocket full of yellow cards”; seven to be exact. Friendly Matches are supposed to be what their namesake says – “Friendly”. The International “Friendly” between the Scorpions and Club Sport Cartaginés played out like there were 3 points and a championship or relegation on the line.
While the final score line reads a 0-1 loss for the Scorpions, there wasn’t a shortage of opportunities for San Antonio to take a draw or win the game from the Costa Rican side. Call it a sleeping defense or faster forwards there were opportunities for both sides to score. In the 14th minute Omar Cummings took a cross from Billy Forbes inside the 18-yard box and put it into the back of the goal only to ruled out for an offside violation. In the 17th minute, CSC forward Randall Brenes placed a long ball from midfield and connected with Fabrizio Ronchetti who found himself in a one on one with Scorpions Defender Adrian Cann. Ronchetti was able to squeeze a shot off but thankfully it sailed over the cross bar.
In the 50th minute of the game Cartaginés found their opportunity to score after a free kick that ricochet off the crossbar leaving an open net for the goal to be scored by Randall Brenes. The remainder of the second half saw several opportunities for Scorpions to score, the first coming from Forbes who tried to drill a shot between the CSC keepers legs, but Alejandro Gomez was able to deflect it off for a corner. Two more chances came for the Scorpions’ rookie Bokar Monbo who fired a shot hitting the post and was unable to sneak one in on the rebound. Omar Cummings took a shot from distance after an interception but sent the ball just over the net. The last decent chance came from Scorpions midfielder Zourab Tsiskaridze who had been substituted for Soto a little earlier was able to get through the CSC defense and get a shot off only to be saved by Gomez.
While the game resulted in a loss it was clear the moves made by manager Alen Marcina since the Spring Season finale; with the additions of Giuseppe Gentile and Bokar Monbo up front means the Scorpions are looking to put the goal differential back in their favor. NASL Fall Season starts in just a little over a week for the Scorpions, when they will face FC Edmonton in Fort McMurray, Alberta on July 5th. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 3:00pm CST.