The San Antonio Scorpions and Minnesota United FC entered halftime tied, 1-1, after an exciting first half at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas.
The Scorpions opened the scoring in their first match under new interim head coach, Alen Marcina, who was named to the position earlier this week. Following a half clearance by United on a Scorpions corner kick in the 14th minute, the ball fell to Walter Ramirez who curled a beautiful shot into the net from 25 yards out to give the Scorpions the lead.
After the goal, San Antonio looked to really settle into the match, creating a number of attacking chances. However, with just 30 minutes gone by, Minnesota United FC began to look dangerous and almost scored from a corner kick had it not been cleared off the line by Scorpions defender, Jeff Jennings.
Just four minutes later, Minnesota’s pressing paid off, when former Scorpion Pablo Campos, scored a persistent goal after having his original effort stopped by Patrick Hannigan. The goal for Campos marked his first goal against the team that he won the NASL MVP award with last season.
The half continued in an end-to-end fashion with both sides looking strong on the counter, however the whistle would signal the interval with the score level and the points up for grabs.
“The guys’ heart is in the right place and they’re battling and fighting but they need to do better when they have the ball and if they do that we’ll have a good second half,” said Scorpions interim coach Alen Marcina.
United FC coach Manny Lagos added: “I thought we had some good moment and was frustrated we were scored on so early when we were looking very lively. We’re looking forward to coming back out in the second half.
“We have good movement and touches and our forwards are giving us a lot of good energy.”
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