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Scorpions bolster defense, add Sporting Kansas City 1st round pick on loan

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Earlier today, I spent some time writing about the San Antonio Scorpions ahead of the 2015 season. The largest area of concern that I felt the reigning champions had was their defensive depth, as they had only four defenders under contract just days ahead of kickoff.

The Texas club made a move to address that issue on Wednesday, signing Sporting Kansas City 1st-round draft pick Saad Abdul-Salaam on loan. The 6'4" fullback is an absolutely fantastic athlete, though he's still a bit rough around the edges ahead of his professional debut.

Scorpions' coach Alan Marcina had the following to say about his newest weapon:

"After a standout career at one of the top collegiate programs in the country, The University of Akron, Saad was selected 12th overall by Sporting KC in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft as a highly coveted young prospect. He brings exceptional pace at fullback and adds quality and depth to our back line. He has strong potential for growth, so we look forward to working with Sporting KC - who we are very appreciative of - on his professional development."

San Antonio doesn't seem to have the spending power that cubs like the New York Cosmos and Minnesota United do, yet they're still finding a way to put together a very formidable squad. Hopefully the boys in green fare better against that group this season than they did last year.