Spurs Sports and Entertainment will be putting a team in the United Soccer Leagues in 2016 the organization confirmed in a brief statement on Wednesday night. The fate of the San Antonio Scorpions is still up in the air, however as Gordon Hartman released an ambiguous statement.
“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.”
It was a clear statement of intent from the SSE organization which came after Mayor Ivy Talor clarified the standards of SSE’s requirement to get to MLS. SSE will have six years to get an MLS team before they have to start paying back the city, beginning with $5 million.
That is barely over a quarter of the lease term that the city and county have given SSE for the venue, as they gave a 20 year lease. That should inspire fans of soccer in San Antonio, who were anxious that an SSE club may not seek MLS.
The statement from Gordon Hartman was more vague, implying that he did not know about what was happening. That seems impossible as he surely signed off on the deal to sell Toyota Field obviously needed his sign-off.
“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. “ Began the statement, “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. “
That means the fate of the San Antonio Scorpions is still up in the air, as Hartman’s statement provides little clarity on the future of the NASL club.What is clear is that the next few days should clarify things for fans of soccer in San Antonio and all the latest news will be covered at the San Antonio Soccer Examiner.