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Bad bounce costs Scorpions in New York

HEMPSTEAD, NY – AUGUST 15: New York Cosmos San Antonio Scorpions during the second half at James M. Shuart Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Hempstead, New York. (Photo by Adam Hunger/New York Cosmos via Getty Images)

The San Antonio Scorpions have not had much luck on their side in the 2015 season. From injuries to inconsistent play, 2015 has not been kind to the defending NASL champions. On Saturday in New York, it was bad luck that cost them three points.

Milton Palacios scored the lone goal as the Scorpions suffered a 1-2 loss to the New York Cosmos in front of 4,006 fans inside James M. Shuart Stadium.

Neither team would find the back of the net for much of the first 45 minutes, despite chances for both teams. In stoppage time, the Scorpions struck first. Billy Forbes sent a pass across the box to Palacios, who buried it past New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to give San Antonio the 1-0 lead.

However, the Scorpions lead did not last long as the Cosmos tied the match just seconds later. Leonardo Fernandes put home a header off a Raúl shot that found its way past San Antonio ‘keeper Daniel Fernandes to knot the score at 1-1 going into halftime.

In the second half, a bad bounce would cost the Scorpions at least a point. New York defender Hunter Freeman sent a free kick towards traffic in the box where it took an unlucky bounce off Scorpions defender Brad Rusin to put San Antonio in a 1-2 hole.

The Scorpions had a chance to tie the game when Giuseppe Gentile‘s shot when over the crossbar in the 73rd minute. Palacios came close in the 88th minute as he sent a shot towards the net, but it would go wide and out of play.

The Scorpions are now 1-2-4 (5 points) on the season and will return home for the first time in nearly a month next Saturday when they welcome Jacksonville Armada to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.



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