Monday, April 30, 2012
Several familiar names on San Antonio Scorpions FC roster
By Todd Date
Most FC Dallas fans know that former club President/General Manager Michael Hitchcock is now heading up San Antonio Scorpions FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL). But what many might not know is that the Scorpion roster features several guys whose names are familiar to Dallas supporters:
D Ryan Cochrane---Cochrane had a pair of stints with Houston, including playing on their back-to-back MLS Cup championship teams in both 2006 and 2007. The Portland, Oregon native also played for San Jose and New England, appearing in 22 contests for the Revs last season. Now 28, he brings a wealth of experience to the San Antonio back line.
M Kevin Harmse---If it seems like Harmse has suited up for a number of different MLS clubs over the last few years, it’s because he has. Since 2007, when he made his league debut for the Galaxy, the native South African has also played for Toronto FC, Chivas USA and Vancouver. He also had a solid two-year run for the Whitecaps in 2004 and 2005 back when they were in the USL. Like Cochrane, the 27-year-old brings a solid resume to Scorpions FC.
GK Craig Hill---The San Antonio native was stellar between the posts for SMU between 2007 and 2010. Before landing in the Alamo City, he had a short stint in Puerto Rico. Now he’s returned to his hometown and is playing for the Scorpions. FCD took him in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, reuniting him with the coach that recruited him to come to the Mustangs in the first place in Schellas Hyndman, but Hill wasn’t in preseason camp with FCD all that long.
D Aaron Pitchkolan---This hard-working West Virginia product was with FCD from 2006 through 2009. Dallas fans remember him best for his stoppage-time goal in 2006 against Kansas City at Pizza Hut Park, a dramatic tally that landed on NBC’s Today show the following day. Since leaving Frisco in 2009, he has played in San Jose and also in Rochester. Most recently, he played for Puerto Rico of the NASL, where he was coached by ex-FCD gaffer Colin Clarke.
D Blake Wagner---Wagner went in the second round of the 2006 MLS Super Draft, being taken 18th overall by Clarke. He remained in Frisco until 2009, when his contract wasn’t renewed by FCD. Wagner’s next stop was Vancouver, where he remained until last August, when the Whitecaps released him. Real Salt Lake picked him up in August for some defensive cover but his stay there was a fairly short one as RSL declined to pick up his option for 2012.