After Tim Hankinsons dismissal last week from the San Antonio Scorpions, they moved quickly to stem the tide by appointing an interim head coach in the form of Alen Marcina. This week was the turn of an assistant to the interim coach and that came in the form of current Scorpions midfielder, Javier Saavedra.
The midfielder will also continue in his midfield playing role but has been named as a player-assistant coach said Scorpions President and General Manager, Howard Cornfield on Tuesday September 3.
"Javier brings tremendous experience to this position," said Cornfield. "We feel that he can bring an added component to the team aside from his playing capabilities, and we are happy to have him embrace this role."
"We are excited to have Javier as a part of the coaching staff," said interim head Coach, Alen Marcina. "I feel that Saavedra and I can recreate the winning culture that our fans and club expect. Javi is a classy person with valuable playing experience and a sharp mind for the game. Our thought processes compliment each other and I know we can do some great things together for the future of the Scorpions."
Saavedra has already been taking a joint-role at the club after being named as the Scorpions Reserves coach in 2012 and this season he has been instrumental on the field, amassing over 700 minutes on the pitch whilst scoring one goal and assisting five others.
"It is a great challenge and an opportunity for my career, and for that I am very grateful to the club," said Saavedra. "I am prepared, and will give my all to help get out of the situation we are in. We need to be united, committed and we have to work hard. I am positive that we will move forward."
Saavedra and the Scorpions travel to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, September 7, to take on the Strikers in a crucial match for the club.
Interim head coach Marcina suffered defeat in his first game in charge last weekend with a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Minnesota United FC. This weekend the new assistant coach will receive a baptism of fire as his club face a resurgent Fort Lauderdale Strikers who are fighting for top spot.
The Strikers had an indignant spring season when they finished bottom of the league but after the sacking of coach Daryl Shore in July, they have had a spring in their step and have pushed their way into contention at the top end of the NASL table.