The sale of the San Antonio Scorpions is nearing completion, sources have told the San Antonio Soccer Examiner on Wednesday. Bexar County has been working to seal a deal on the Scorpions’ stadium, Toyota Field, while Spurs Sports and Entertainment have long had a desire for a soccer club.
Sources have stated that Bexar County have made a new offer, with a 20-30% increase, for ownership of Toyota Field, which is now on the table of San Antonio Scorpions owner, Gordon Hartman. While that offer is only for the stadium, and could allow the county to lease it back to a Hartman owned club, one contract makes that difficult.
Bexar County has a clause in their agreement with SSE that states that they cannot own a venue that competes with SSE. As a result, that would make it difficult for Hartman to own a team playing in a stadium owned by the county unless SSE grants the club an exemption.
But also on Wednesday was a revelation by sources that SSE are pushing further on their deal to get a team. It is understood that they are in negotiations with Hartman attempting to get a sale, but that process seems to have slowed.
The discussions seem to be ramping up with SSE finalizing their discussions with Hartman, and perhaps beginning to lose patience. Sources close to SSE have stated that the club will have a team in the next two years, regardless of whether Hartman sells.
Spurs have long harbored ambitions of having a team in United Soccer Leagues and with that, progressing to Major League Soccer. USL is currently the third division in the US Soccer Pyramid, one division below the NASL where the Scorpions are currently held, however USL are making an attempt to claim division two status.
That could lead to two clubs in San Antonio, something that first came up when the Scorpions were founded, should SSE not get the club. That would certainly be the least ideal situation, with many fans the San Antonio Soccer Examiner has spoken to seeking a sale of the club as they have been dissatisfied with Howard Cornfield’s management of the club.
A two club solution has never worked out previously in other cities, with Oklahoma City recently being involved in a big fight over two clubs. That solution would be far from ideal, but it seems that SSE will start a USL club regardless of whether they can buy the Scorpions.
A number of fans have said to the San Antonio Soccer Examiner that they don’t want SSE to take over the club and move to USL. When those concerns have been brought to SSE, they have stated that they want to move to MLS, using USL as a step to that.