With a 2-1 Victory over 4th place MLS Western Conference side FC Dallas in the books, San Antonio Scorpions FC have begun to show signs of a new way. There’s a fresh vein coursing through Toyota Field and it’s new blood is primed to pump the Scorpions to a second league title this year, which would make it the first club in modern NASL history to reach two as well as earn them consecutively. Freshmen Eduard Zea and Cristian Palomeque(on loan from Atlético Nacional) join second year veteran Rafael Castillo to carve a formidable Colombian line through the pitch. Opponents beware.
A changing of the guard has seen a young, but seasoned Zea step in for injured 2014 skipper Adrian Cann in the backline. That, in concert with winger Palomeque’s potential to blitz forward via Castillo’s midfield magic, will undoubtedly be the song of choice for head coach Alen Marcina heading into 2015.
But the chemistry goes beyond the Cafetero countrymen. San Antonio’s proximity to the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions, compared to other U.S. and Canada-based clubs, gives it a distinct scouting edge, a tactic long practiced in Houston by the Dynamo camp. While the Alamo City’s first division cousins have secured the likes of Honduras’ Boniek García, Luis Garrido, and Alexander López, San Antonio have scooped 2014 FIFA World Cup starter Marvin Chávez, also from La H, who is sure to impress this spring.
The successes of Latin American players, such as James Rodríguez, since Brazil this summer has trained scouting eyes from around the world on the region, and specifically Colombia, once again. Coach Marcena, with more than his fair share of the talent, is now tasked with tapping the full effect of his Colombian connection. Buena suerte, Scorpions.