San Antonio Scorpions - 180 minutes from inaugural year NASL championship final
With less than 24 hours left until the biggest day in San Antonio Scorpion's history when they face Minnesota in the opening leg of the their NASL Championship semi-final tie, the team and players will sleep anxiously tonight in the hope that they are simply just two results away from a final that could only be dreamt of at the beginning of the current season.
Ending the season as regular season champs gave the Scorpions the chance to rest last weekend when the quarter finals were taking place, as a playoff bye eased them into this weekends semis without needing to kick a ball, whereas their opponents for the semis, Minnesota Stars, managed to edge through after defeating Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 on the road.
Despite the Stars entering the playoffs as ranked sixth qualifier, they entered into these series of matches with only one win in their previous five games played, which also saw three ties and one loss for the Minnesota side.
Offensively, both sides show quite variable statistics.
With Scorpions striker Pablo Campos managing 20 strikes on target this season in the NASL regular seadon, he earned the accolade of Golden Boot winner for the league whilst Minnesotas Amani Walker managed just seven goals as team top scorer from a team that managed just 34 in total from the whole squad.
Defensive wise, San Antonio Scorpions goalkeeper Daryl Sattler recently topped the goalie charts when he was awarded the 2012 NASL Golden Glove award, with a tremendously low 0.79 GAA while logging 2,151 minutes between the sticks. During the season, Sattler managed 13 shutouts in 24 matches.
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