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Rowdies, Scorpions address depth issues with trade

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies and San Antonio Scorpions got together on a trade yesterday, a rare occurrence within the North American Soccer League. The two sides both had glaring holes in their squads though, and excess talent in other areas allowing a deal that made sense for both sides.

Center back Brad Rusin looked to be a great signing when he joined the Rowdies this winter, but head coach Thomas Rongen added so much depth to his defensive unit during the offseason that Rusin became surplus to the requirements. Tampa is still in need of attacking help though, an area in which San Antonio had some extra bodies.

San Antonio agreed to part with NASL veteran Richard Menjivar in exchange for Rusin, who will probably walk straight into the Scorpions' starting lineup. The Scorpions acquired Menjivar before the start of the 2014 season, after he helped lead the Atlanta Silverbacks to the 2013 NASL title match.