With yesterday’s news that the city of San Antonio and Bexar County have purchased Toyota Field, many fans are wondering what will happen to the San Antonio Scorpions – the current club in the Alamo City.
Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman released a statement on the news last night and it has left fans with more questions than answers.
“Soccer for a Cause began four and a half years ago to bring focus and assistance to the special-needs community while also delivering high-quality professional soccer. We look forward to reviewing the final details of the agreement that was made public today to ensure that it continues to advance those dreams.
We thank all entities involved in this transaction for their interest in our cause and for taking an aggressive stance to advance pro sports opportunities in our community. Morgan’s Wonderland, The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, the San Antonio Scorpions, Toyota Field, and the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex were all created for the benefit of our special-needs community.“
The statement gives little indication what will happen to the 2014 NASL champions, but with news expected over the coming days, fans may get the answers they are searching for.
In related news, Spurs Sports and Entertainment are planning to bring the United Soccer League (USL) to San Antonio in 2016.
SS&E gave a statement to Chris Hockmon of the San Antonio Soccer Examiner and it reads as follows:
From the San Antonio Soccer Examiner:
“We are excited about the possibility of a partnership with Bexar County and the City of San Antonio to take soccer to the next level.” Said the SSE statement, “we look forward to our discussions with the County and the City to bring a United Soccer League experience to San Antonio in 2016, as well as begin the campaign for Major League Soccer.”
So regardless of what happens with the Scorpions, it seems there will be soccer in San Antonio in 2016.
We’ll have more on this developing story as news becomes available.