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Scorpions hold Mexico Under 21s

Darryl Sattler shapes to make a save
courtesy San Antonio Scorpions

The plethora of Scorpions Summer friendlies continued on Saturday and was a thrilling match as the Scorpions managed a 3-3 draw with the Mexican Under 21 National Team at Toyota Field.

San Antonio started the match brightly and almost opened the scoring just five minutes in as Walter Restrepo found space on the edge of the area and sent a powerful shot that went just over the bar.

But the Scorpions didn’t have to dwell on that much as they had the lead just three minutes later as a quick counter allowed Billy Forbes to jump on the ball and unleash a shot low and hard to get the NASL side in front.

Mexico’s Under 21s looked to try and get back in to the match but it was proving difficult to break down a stern Scorpions defense as San Antonio were keeping Mexico out.

With such pressure Mexico were able to break down the Scorpions defense, with a corner allowing Luis Solorio to head the ball down for Giovanni Casilla who was able to stab the ball home from close range, which proved good enough to hold making it 1-1 at the break.

Almost immediately off the kick-off Mexico went in front through some unfortunate defending as Julus James went to clear the ball but it swung back and beat returning Scorpion Daryl Sattler to put Mexico in front.

The Scorpions were forced to go on the attack but were finding it hard to break down a stern Mexican defense and looked to be facing a loss.

In the 66th minute the Scorpions did finally break down as Billy Forbes was able to cut a ball back from the byline which found Eric Hassli, left with a simple tap-in for the equalizer.

But all that hard work was undone in the 71st minute as a handball allowed the referee to point to the spot and saw Jorge Espiricueta to put Mexico Under 21 in front.

But in stoppage time the Mexican Under 21s were just as charitable as another handball allowed Hassli to seal his brace from the spot and seal a 3-3 draw.