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Scorpions trade for Elizondo

Cesar Elizondo
Cesar Elizondo
courtesy North American Soccer League

The San Antonio Scorpions continued to be active in the transfer market and announced on Tuesday afternoon that they had signed Cesar Elizondo from Carolina Railhawks.

The signing of Elizondo technically costs the Scorpions two players, as they traded Danny Barrera to Cary but due to Elizondo taking up an international spot, and San Antonio already using their seven allocated places for internationals, they were forced to release Sean Seiko.

Elizondo is yet another striker to join the club, but comes in replacing Barrera who also served as a striker, but failed to have a significant enough impact on the first team.

The Costa Rican comes to the club with more senior experience than Barrera, who only turned professional after Cal FC’s 2013 US Open Cup run and both play a similar position.

Playing as a striker leads many to find his scoring return poor, which it may well be, but listing Elizondo as a striker may be a little harsh to the experienced player, as he tends to play more a number ten role or work as a false nine, in an effort to create space for his partners up front.

The Scorpions have been playing a very attack focused game under Alan Marcina in 2014, as can be seen with the squad that they have, with incredible depth up front, which Elizondo will add to.

Elizondo’s assist numbers are certainly impressive, and he could well fill that role that Hans Denissen served for the Scorpions in the inaugural season, expect Elizondo to sit behind the strikers.

With such depth upfront though it may be tough for Elizondo to break in to a strong team at that end of the park, but such depth can only be good for Marcina to have.

With the style the Scorpions have been playing in 2014 Elizondo is a solid fit, to which Marcina agrees, “He perfectly fits into our style and system for attractive soccer and we're thrilled to acquire such an exciting talent at this important juncture in the season." He said through a press-release.

Seiko was the unfortunate casualty of the transfer, in order to comply with foreign player quotas he was released, an injury limiting his playing time, which, unfortunately, made the decision easier for club president, Howard Cornfield, who had to make the difficult decision with his hands tied.

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