A former Chivas USA player won silverware over the weekend, as 2013 Goats alum Josue Soto helped guide the San Antonio Scorpions to the NASL Soccer Bowl title on Saturday over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.
Soto joined San Antonio for his second stint ahead of the 2014 season, this time on a permanent deal (he was previously on loan to the Scorpions in 2012 from the Houston Dynamo), and made 25 appearances this year.
On Saturday, Soto started and played the full 90 for the Texas side, and set up the winning goal in the 70th minute. With little pressure on him, Soto dribbled upfield and sent in a cross to the center of the box that Rafael Castillo practically picked off the ground, up and over for one of the most-disguised bicycle kicks you'll ever see. As much as Soto had to get the ball to Castillo, the scorer did a ton of work to actually get it in the net, somehow.
Here's the highlight of Castillo's goal, with the cross by Soto:
The Soccer Bowl trophy is San Antonio's first-ever. They finished third in the Spring season, and first in the Fall season (NASL now has a divided season system, in place the past two seasons), so making it to the final and actually winning the overall title seems pretty deserved on merit.
As for the future, Soto told Houston-based radio show Keeper Notes that he's going to look south at his options:
Soto wants to pursue going to Mexico in this off-season . #KNSS— Keeper Notes (@keepernotes) November 16, 2014
In the same interview (you can find it here, third segment) Soto recounted his experience with Chivas USA, and told the story of the time the team trained ahead of the Chicago Fire game by playing kickball, then won the game the next day. Soto seemed to be disappointed that Chelís never did that again.
Congrats to Josue on winning a title!
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