The San Antonio Scorpions FC could soon go from a minor league team to a major league team. The team has been under the ownership of Gordon Hartman since their inaugural season in 2012, but it looks like that is all about to change.
According to the San Antonio Business Journal, Hartman is looking to sell the team in order to make a push for the Scorpions to enter Major League Soccer. However, Hartman knows it is a process that is going to take some time.
From the San Antonio Business Journal:
“We have a variety of groups interested,” Hartman said. “We all recognize that this is a marathon and not a sprint.”
Hartman hired Citigroup to begin a sale of the team and look at additional partners. This is thought to be the next step in making the transition to new ownership to get the team owned by a group interested in MLS.
Minnesota United FC was announced as the next team to make the jump from the NASL to MLS beginning in 2018. Sacramento and San Antonio are both on the short list to also cross over. Over the past few years, San Antonio has built a solid fan base and a soccer specific stadium in Toyota Field.
The one thing that is holding everything up is money. There is no doubt that MLS membership fees and stadium work will cost money, by making the push for a new ownership will only help the Scorpions.
Bottom line: The move to the MLS will take time, but how does that old saying go? “Good things come to those who wait.” Patience Scorpions faithful, patience.
Also saw article today that Minnesota may have trouble acquiring land because temp lease will run out this summer. Also the Minnesota legislation is weary of funding another stadium. This may slow them down. We may be in sooner than we think.