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Scorpions to face FC Dallas in preseason

FC Dallas celebrate a goal
FC Dallas celebrate a goal
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The San Antonio Scorpions announced on Monday afternoon that they will be playing MLS Opposition as a warm up to their season as they host FC Dallas at Toyota Field on March 1st.

The match is the first announced for 2014 for the Scorpions, who go in to training camp next week, and is a pleasant change from previous pre-seasons for the club when they have played teams that are of a much lower quality than themselves.

For FC Dallas the match will prove their last match before kicking off the MLS season on March 8th and will provide a vital chance for the fringe players to stake a claim on a spot on the opening kick squad.

FC Dallas have committed to bringing their full squad to the match so a number of first team FC Dallas players should be in action to test the Scorpions.

The match will be just the second time that a Major League Soccer team has taken on the Scorpions, with San Antonio defeating Houston Dynamo in the US Open Cup in 2012.

It will be the first time FC Dallas will be playing the Scorpions and the first team a Major League Soccer team has visited Toyota Field, with FC Dallas’ stadium also sponsored by Toyota there is a natural link between the two sides.

The match has been sponsored by deeproot Funds, who are helping to put on the match, and in a press release Robert Mueller, Vice President of deeproot Funds, suggested this could be the first of many, saying, “We see the passion for soccer in this community and can think of no better avenue to share our conviction than by aligning with the Scorpions and helping to bring what we hope will be the first of many MLS games to Toyota Field."

The Scorpions will be hoping to play at least one other MLS team in 2014, hoping to do a better job in the US Open Cup and take on an MLS team in the third round.

The Scorpions poor performance in 2013 was largely blamed on a poor pre-season, with this match a solid pre-season begins to take shape, which should avoid that issue. Season Ticket Holders have this match included as part of their season ticket package.

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