San Antonio Scorpions

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San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions logo.svg
Full name San Antonio Scorpions Football Club
Nickname(s) Scorpions
Founded 2010
Stadium Toyota Field
San Antonio, Texas
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Gordon Hartman
Head Coach Alen Marcina
League North American Soccer League
2013 Spring: 3rd
Fall: 8th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

San Antonio Scorpions is an American professional soccer team based in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Founded in 2010, the team made its debut in the North American Soccer League in 2012.

The club operates differently from most professional sports clubs in terms of its operating profit. As part of owner Gordon Hartman's Soccer For A Cause, all net profits from Scorpions operations will go towards funding Morgan's Wonderland, a special needs park located in the Longhorn Quarry, next to STAR Soccer Complex and Toyota Field.[1]

The Scorpions currently play at Toyota Field, a soccer specific stadium that was completed in 2013.

History[edit]

On October 4, 2010, NASL announced that a San Antonio expansion team would join the new league in 2012. The team's ownership group is led by San Antonio businessman and philanthropist Gordon Hartman.[2]

The official name of the team was revealed at a press conference on January 10, 2011.[3]

In the team's first NASL competition, the Scorpions tied the Atlanta Silverbacks 0–0.[4]

Despite Heroes Stadium's listed capacity of 11,000, the Scorpions drew 13,151 to their home opener against the Puerto Rico Islanders on April 15, 2012. The Scorpions lost the game 4–0.[5]

The Scorpions scored their first goal the following weekend in a 2–2 tie with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, with Pablo Campos netting the first goal in the 41st minute. Hans Denissen scored in stoppage time to give San Antonio its first ever home points.[6]

On August 27, 2013, Tim Hankinson was fired as Head Coach after an 0-4 start in the NASL Fall Season. Assistant Coach Alen Marcina was named to replace him on an Interim basis.[7] Marcina was named permanent head coach on November 20, 2013.[8]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Division League Reg. Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Attendance
2012 2 NASL 1st Semi-Finals 4th Round 9,176
Spring 2013 2 NASL 3rd -- 2nd Round 7,373
Fall 2013 2 NASL 8th Did not qualify -- 6,540
Spring 2014 2 NASL 3rd -- 4th Round 6,476

Supporters[edit]

The Scorpions sold 3,040 season tickets for the 2013 season.[9]

The Scorpions' have two primary supporter groups. The largest organized supporters group is the Crocketteers. This group was in existence for 18 months prior to the team's announcement,[10] and was instrumental in helping consolidate the San Antonio soccer fanbase behind the new team.[citation needed] The group currently has over 1,500 registered members.[citation needed] The Crocketteers celebrated their third anniversary in 2012.

The C.F.F.(Casual Football Firm) began in 2011 with the announcement of the new NASL team the San Antonio Scorpions. Upon their inception they were known as the Bexar County Casuals. As their chapters grew to other cities, they have since come under one umbrella. The C.F.F. known for their high energetic chants and hardcore footie style.[citation needed] C.F.F can be found standing for 90 minutes for their club SAFC chanting mostly original songs of pride.[11]

Head Coaches[edit]

Stadium[edit]

While the club waited for Toyota Field to be constructed, the Scorpions used Heroes Stadium in San Antonio as their home for the 2012 season.

The Scorpions used Blossom Soccer Stadium as an alternate playing site for their 2012 U.S. Open Cup matchup against the Laredo Heat. Blossom Soccer Stadium is owned by North East ISD, the same owner of Heroes Stadium.[12]

In 2013, the team debuted in Toyota Field, built across the street from the STAR Soccer Complex. Construction on Toyota Field began in February 2012 and was opened on April 13, 2013. Toyota Field seats 8,000 fans, with the possibility of expanding the complex up to 18,000 as demand necessitates.[13][14]

Promotion[edit]

The Scorpions have declared their interest in moving up to Major League Soccer.[9] Toyota Field is expandable to MLS standards of 18,000 seats, although the stadium's location 20 minutes northeast of downtown does not meet MLS's preference for downtown stadiums.[9] Owner Gordon Hartmann had preliminary discussions with MLS CEO Don Garber in spring 2014.[9] The Crocketeers supporters group have collected over 3,000 signatures in a petition to join MLS.[9]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 22, 2014[15]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Borrajo, JonathanJonathan Borrajo      United States
3 Defender James, JuliusJulius James      Trinidad and Tobago
4 Defender Cann, AdrianAdrian Cann      Canada
5 Midfielder Menjivar, RichardRichard Menjivar      El Salvador
6 Midfielder Guy, RyanRyan Guy      Guam
7 Midfielder Restrepo, WálterWálter Restrepo      United States
8 Forward Forbes, BillyBilly Forbes      Turks and Caicos Islands
9 Forward Caesar, TrevinTrevin Caesar      Trinidad and Tobago
10 Forward Elizondo, CésarCésar Elizondo      Costa Rica
12 Defender Janicki, GregGreg Janicki      United States
16 Midfielder Castillo, RafaelRafael Castillo      Colombia
18 Midfielder Garcia, JulioJulio Garcia      Mexico
19 Midfielder Soto, JosueJosue Soto      United States
20 Forward Touray, SaineySainey Touray      Gambia
21 Defender DeRoux, StephenStephen DeRoux      Jamaica
22 Forward Zahorski, TomaszTomasz Zahorski      Poland
24 Goalkeeper Vuolo, JeremyJeremy Vuolo      United States
25 Goalkeeper Saunders, JoshJosh Saunders (on loan from New York City FC)     Puerto Rico
28 Forward Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile      United States
29 Forward Hassli, EricEric Hassli      France
44 Defender Cruz, LeoneLeone Cruz      United States

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccer For A Cause". Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "San Antonio to join NASL in 2012". NASL.com. October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Bailey, W. Scott (January 10, 2011). "Pro soccer team to be named Scorpions". 
  4. ^ "Match Report | North American Soccer League". NASL. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Match Recap | North American Soccer League". NASL. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Match Recap | North American Soccer League". NASL. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Scorpions Name Alen Marcina Interim Head Coach". North American Soccer League. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Alen Marcina Named Scorpions Head Coach". Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "San Antonio Scorpions know what it will take to join MLS ranks: "This has to be a community effort"", MLSsoccer.com, March 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Clow, Damen (February 10, 2011). "FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo meet at Whataburger Field". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ http://sanantonioscorpions.com/partners/supporters-group
  12. ^ "Scorpions Could Host Houston Dynamo in 3rd Round of Open Cup". Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ McCullough, Bob. "Ground Broken for Scorpions Community Stadium, Home of San Antonio’s New Pro Soccer Team". San Antonio Scorpions. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Toyota Announces Presenting Sponsorships of Morgan’s Wonderland, New Scorpions Stadium". San Antonio Scorpions. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "San Antonio Scorpions Club". sascorpions.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 

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