San Antonio – The Scorpions came into Saturdays match looking to redeem themselves from the Fall Season opening loss against FC Edmonton. Tampa Bay ventured into Toyota Stadium with a 1-0 record but left hanging their heads after the Scorpions stung them with a 3-0 thrashing.
Marvin Chávez got things started in the 11th minute with a nice ball from Joseph Nane spotted Omar Cummings sprinting down the field putting the Tampa defense at at a disadvantage dumping it off to Marvin Chávez who clubbed it past the Rowdies keeper Matt Pickens putting San Antonio on the board with a 1-0 lead.
A few moments later the Scorpions suffered a serious setback as defender Julius James went down trying to stop a Tampa Bay attack that Matt Cardone was able to make with a fantastic 1-on-1 save to keep the lead. When the dust settled the 7,636 fans at Toyota Stadium fell silent, as James wasn’t getting up. After spending several minutes down on the pitch the medical staff carted James off the while receiving applause from the supporters and players. The diagnosis wasn’t good as James broke both bones in his lower leg and will miss the remainder of the Fall Season.
Nine minutes into the second half Omar Cummings did what he does best and that was finding the net twice. The first came off a cross from Billy Forbes who placed the ball perfectly for Cummings to play his shot into the back of the net. Toyota Stadium became electric 8 minutes later as Rafael Castillo timed his pass to Cummings, which split the Tampa Bay defense and leaving only Pickens between him and his second goal of the night. The two goals put Cummings at the top of the scoring sheet for the Spring/Fall seasons and the Scorpions into 6th place in the NASL Fall Season table.
This is the kind of momentum San Antonio needs, as there is a quick turn around in games this week. The Scorpions will be looking for redemption as FC Edmonton comes into town Wednesday night at Toyota Field for a 7:30pm kickoff.