Scorpions Sack Alen Marcina After Going From First to Worst

IMAGE, SAN ANTONIO SCORPIONS

by JAKE NUTTING

The San Antonio Scorpions revealed Sunday afternoon that Head Coach Alen Marcina was sacked after a disappointing 2015 campaign.

Marcina has been relieved of his duties a day after the club blew two one-goal leads in its regular season finale to draw with Minnesota United FC 2-2. The Canadian born coach brought a Fall Season championship and Soccer Bowl title to the Alamo City last year, but Scorpions have not had much cause for celebration in their follow up season. They finished at the bottom of the combined standings with a record of 7W-10D-13L.

Marcina started his time with the Scorpions as an assistant coach during the inaugural season in 2012 and took over as head coach the following year after the firing of the club’s first head coach, Tim Hankinson.

“I’d like to thank Alen for his tremendous contributions to the Scorpions,” said Scorpions President and General Manager Howard Cornfield. “He has been with the club since we launched in 2012 and as head coach, he led us to a championship in 2014. However, we just completed a very disappointing season and we feel a fresh start is needed for us to give our fans the winning soccer they expect and deserve. The organization wishes Alen all the best in his future endeavors.”

Cornfield also revealed that the team has already begun the search process for a new coach and he hopes to announce a hire in the near future.

The coaching shake up comes at a time when the team is also openly courting a buyer for their home stadium, Toyota Field, and investors to take over for majority owner Gordon Hartman.

NASL coaches have felt the squeeze of rising expectations this year. Marcina survived until the end of the regular season, but he is the fifth head coach in the 11-team league to be let go this year. Fall Season Champion Ottawa Fury FC is also losing its head coach at the conclusion of the season, though that move is a mutual decision as Marc Dos Santos elected to seek other opportunities in MLS.

 

  • Arsenal 10023

    Sounds like Hartman is tired of losing money in the NASL. Fired the coach, sold the stadium, and has closed the Scorpions youth academy. Game over.