Scorpions Close Out Homestand Against Puerto Rico
San Antonio, TX (August 3, 2012) - The San Antonio Scorpions will conclude their three-game homestand when they welcome the Puerto Rico Islanders to Heroes Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 5. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Scorpions (10W-5T-3L) begin the weekend at the top of the NASL standings, two points ahead of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and have won their last five home matches by a combined score of 16-0.
Sunday's match will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between the Scorpions and Islanders (9W-4T-6L) this year. So far in the series, the Scorpions defeated the Islanders once on June 16 with a 2-0 road win, but fell to the Islanders in their home opener on April 15 and in their last meeting in Puerto Rico on July 11.
SCOUTING PUERTO RICO
The Islanders enter Sunday's match four points behind the Scorpions, coming off a 1-0 regular season win against the Minnesota Stars FC last weekend. But in a CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapan on Wednesday, the Islanders fell 3-1.
Offensively, the Islanders have had a balanced attack led by Nicholas Addlery, who has scored a team-high six goals this season. David Foley has scored five goals and Jonathan Faña adds four more, with both being a central part of the Islanders attack.
As a team, the Islanders have scored 25 goals, tied for fifth in the league.
The Islanders defense has been their strong point this season, allowing only 19 goals this season. Only the Scorpions, who have given up 15 goals, have allowed fewer goals in the league. Goalkeeper Richard Martin has been a big part of their defensive success, with the second-best goals against average in the league (1.00).
On the road, the Islanders have struggled, having lost their last three road matches and only winning twice in nine road games in 2012.
LAST TIME OUT
The San Antonio Scorpions set an NASL-record in goals scored in a single match Saturday night, defeating the Carolina Railhawks in an 8-0 rout at Heroes Stadium.
Pablo Campos scored four goals while Greg Janicki added two more goals. Esteban Bayona and Blake Wagner also scored to lift the Scorpions to their 10th win of the season.
The Scorpions went into the half ahead 2-0 at the half, but with the RailHawks playing a man down, San Antonio erupted for a six-goal second half to complete the most lopsided match in NASL history.
The Scorpions have received Jeff Cunningham's FIFA International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and he is cleared to play this Sunday against the Islanders.
San Antonio signed Cunningham, Major League Soccer's all-time leading goal scorer, last week after he parted ways with CSD Communicaciones of the Guatemalan first division.
Pablo Campos enters August after being named the NASL Player of the Month for the month of July.
Campos, who leads the league in goals with 15 this season, has scored seven goals in his last three matches, including four in the Scorpions' 8-0 win over the RailHawks.
The Brazilian forward is five goals away from matching last year's NASL Golden Boot winner Etienne Barbara in goals scored in a single season (20).
SATTLER OUT, SCORPIONS ACQUIRE KEEPER ON LOAN
Scorpions goalkeeper Daryl Sattler and Islanders midfielder Osei Telesford will serve one-game suspensions this Sunday for their roles in an altercation that took place against in the last meeting between the two teams on July 11.
The Scorpions acquired goalkeeper Tyler Deric on loan from the Houston Dynamo of MLS for the match.
The Scorpions will have a quick turnaround, beginning a two-game road trip on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with a match against FC Edmonton. Kickoff is set for 8:05 p.m. CT.
Fans can watch the match the team's new official watch party location at Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at 3709 N St. Mary's, San Antonio, TX.