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Soccer: SAFC promotes assistant Marcina


San Antonio FC promoted assistant coach Alen Marcina to head coach, the franchise announced.

Marcina replaced Darren Powell, who mutually agreed with the club to part ways in October after four seasons.

Powell guided SAFC to a 59-44-39 record in four seasons, including 12-13-9 this past year, and led the team to the Western Conference semifinals in 2017 before falling to OKC Energy FC on penalty kicks. SAFC missed the postseason in 2016, 2018 and 2019. In each occasion, the team needed a win in its season finale to have a shot at the playoffs but lost in 2016 and tied in 2018 and 2019.

A Canada native, Marcina previously spent more than five years as a head coach in the North American Soccer League and Premier Development League, leading the now-defunct San Antonio Scorpions to the 2014 NASL championship. He recently was head coach of the Des Moines Menace (PDL) and Rayo OKC.

Scorpions coach Alen Marcina talks with player Eric Hassli before the 2015 spring season opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Scorpions coach Alen Marcina talks with player Eric Hassli before the 2015 spring season opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Photo: Robin Jerstad /For The Express-News

Photo: Robin Jerstad /For The Express-News

Scorpions coach Alen Marcina talks with player Eric Hassli before the 2015 spring season opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Scorpions coach Alen Marcina talks with player Eric Hassli before the 2015 spring season opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Photo: Robin Jerstad /For The Express-News

Soccer: SAFC promotes assistant Marcina

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