Toyota Field – The Scorpions took on the 3rd seed Cosmos Sunday at 1 p.m. in Toyota field for their last game in San Antonio this season.
The famed Spanish striker, Raul Gonzalez appeared in his last game in San Antonio after his announcement on October 15th of his retirement from professional soccer.
The Scorpions started off strong with an attempt at goal right in their first possession. They continued with the aggressive play throughout the entire first half with a few close goal attempts.
Defensively, the Scorpions were also successful throughout the first half with various stops of the Cosmos attempts including two a couple of close failed goals for Raul Gonzalez.
In the 32’, Hunter Gorskie of the Cosmos received a yellow card and shortly after in 40’ Zourab Tsiskaridze was given one as well.
Finally, after a strong first half and a couple of shots on goal, Billy Forbes made a goal with an assist from Omar Cummins at 43’ to give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead just before halftime.
While San Antonio’s aggressive first half gave them the one goal lead, the second half was more of a struggle for the NASL defending champions.
At 61’ the Scorpions committed a foul inside the box which resulted in the Cosmos’ Marcos Senna’s penalty kick that tied the game up at a goal apiece.
In 70’ Rafael Castillo was subbed for Marvin Chavez and Giuseppe Gentile went in for Omar Cummings just before former Cosmo, Joseph Nane of the Scorpions, sustained an injury and had to be replaced by Eric Hassli.
On the Cosmos’ side of things, in 74’ Andres Flores Mejia was subbed for Raul Gonzalez and the Toyota Field crowd gave the Real Madrid legend a lot of love.
While the Scorpions hung on and kept fighting, the Cosmos didn’t give up. At 79’ Ayoze Garcia scored off a free kick to make it 2-1 for the Cosmos.
With the remaining minutes of the game, the Scorpions aggressive play was awarded with two different free kicks in stoppage time, both of which were attempted by Rafael Castillo and missed.
After the game, the sole-scorer for the Scorpions, Billy Forbes answered a few questions.
“Since we didn’t make the playoffs, we wanted to give our fans something special,” said Billy Forbes, the second year Scorpions forward. “So we come to fight and score some goals, but unfortunately we came a little bit short.”
New York went on to win the game with 2 goals to 1 and received 3 points for the win which keeps them alive in the close fight for the top spot on the table against number 2 Minnesota United and the top seed Ottawa Fury.
When asked what the team’s motivation will be going into the final game, Coach Marcina replied, ““You gotta fight. You know, if you have any sort of pride and, uh, respect for the jersey, respect for our fans, you go out there and fight Minnesota ‘til the very last whistle.”
The Scorpions will go on to play their last game of the season against the Minnesota United on Halloween night at 7:30p.m. in Minnesota.