The San Antonio Scorpions have dropped their second road match of the season as they were comprehensively outplayed in a 2-0 loss to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Florida on Friday night.
It was a solid start for the Strikers who were able to get to early corners before Fafa Picault hit a shot from distance that forced a solid save out of Josh Saunders.
The match was physical in the first half with plenty of yellow cards being shown to both sides, with Fort Lauderdale looking the more dangerous side but really able to create clear chances.
Picault was looking dangerous throughout the first half and could well have put his side in front, four minutes from the break but was denied as Saunders made another save.
The Scorpions didn’t heed the warning and again Picault was able to break free and this time he put it away from former Scorpion Walter Ramirez’s cross, which put Fort Lauderdale 1-0 up at the break.
The second half saw the Scorpions continued to struggle to really push down the field in the second half as Fort Lauderdale sat back and defended in depth making life difficult for San Antonio.
The Scorpions were handed a major chance to get back on terms as they were handed a man advantage in the 71st minute as Aly Hassan was shown a red card for his challenge.
Unfortunately for the Scorpions that man advantage did not help as they conceded again with Mark Anderson hitting a stunning free-kick that beat Saunders to double the Strikers lead.
Despite the man advantage the Scorpions just did not look in the match at all, and it seemed as if they were the team a man short.
Picault had two more chances to seal his brace in the final stages but it mattered little as San Antonio never looked like scoring, giving Fort Lauderdale a 2-0 win.