San Antonio vs Edmonton vs Weather
The thunder and rain tried but they couldn't keep soccer away from Clarke Stadium yesterday. FC Edmonton (still in playoff chase even with 4-5-10 record) was in action vs the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL action) on Wednesday night, and it was the visitors who got the scoring opened up thanks to Jonathan Greenfield beating Edmonton goalie Lance Parker in the 23rd minute. Both sides had chances with Parker making some sensational saves to keep the game at 1-0. Right before halftime Yashir Pinto tied the game up at 1 in the 45th minute and the momentum was on Edmonton's side….then things got interesting. At halftime a storm began to roll into Clarke Stadium and did not leave…for 3 hours. There were a few false alarms as the lightning and rain stopped for a bit to allow players to come out and warm up but then the lightning started up again and back into the locker rooms they went! The lightning at one point got so intense I nearly had brown dress pants if you catch my drift, thankfully that did not happen because dry cleaning is not cheap. The game did resume at close to 11PM local time and the score remained the same for the rest of the match with just over 50 brave fans still in the stands. With the draw Edmonton's record is now at 4-6-10 and they remain 8 points back of the Carolina RailHawks for the final playoff spot in the North American Soccer League. Edmonton plays next week on August 2nd vs Puerto Rico. San Antonio, the best team in the league is now at 10-6-4 and they take on next the Minnesota Stars FC on August 1st. That's all for now as always follow me on twitter @Avry and tune into my sports show on livestream.com/avrysports Tuesdays at 6PM Mountain.