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Edmonton hold Scorpions scoreless

Jonathan Borrajo takes control
Jonathan Borrajo takes control
courtesy San Antonio Scorpions

San Antonio’s chance of claiming the 2014 NASL Spring season has gotten much more difficult after they could manage only a scoreless draw against FC Edmonton at Toyota Field on Saturday night.

It was a frustrating night for the Scorpions, who were the much better side but just could not finish off the plethora of chances that came their way.

To make things more frustrating, the Scorpions were up a man from the 27th minute as FC Edmonton lost Mallan Roberts to a straight red card after a high boot.

The match started fairly well for Edmonton as they were able to keep the Scorpions in check in the early stages despite their poor run as of late.

The Scorpions had a solid chance in the 18th minute as Walter Restrepo made a run through the FC Edmonton defense and then found Eric Hassli, who crossed for Tomasz Zahorski but the cross was cut out as Albert Watson cleared it.

The big moment came in the 27th minute as Roberts went for a challenge with Stephen DeRoux, trying to control a clearance and raised his leg high, collecting Stephen DeRoux in the face.

That left Juan Guzman with no other choice but to reach for his red card and send Roberts from the field, giving the Scorpions a phenomenal advantage for over an hour.

FC Edmonton were actually in the match for the remainder of the first half as they stayed on the attack, trying to get a goal before they were exhausted.

As one would expect for a team down a man, Edmonton’s best chances came from set pieces, causing problems on corners but still not overcoming the Scorpions defense despite a solid finish to the half, the teams went to the break scoreless.

The second half was absolutely all Scorpions as they completely dominated the match, with FC Edmonton unable to get the ball out of their half.

The Scorpions could well have had the lead in the 68th minute as three free-kicks came back-to-back as they struggled to put chances away.

San Antonio had one last chance in the 75th minute as a Danny Barrera sent a cross in for Zahorski who was able to get a good header to the cross but hit it right at the keeper, keeping it a scoreless draw.

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