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San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions logo.svg
Full name San Antonio Scorpions Football Club
Nickname(s) Scorpions, Alamo City boys[1]
Founded October 4, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-10-04)
Stadium Toyota Field
San Antonio, Texas
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Gordon Hartman
Head Coach Alen Marcina
League North American Soccer League
2014 Spring: 3rd
Fall: 1st
Playoffs: Soccer Bowl Champions
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.[2]

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

History[edit]

NASL expansion[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.[3] The official name of the team was revealed at a press conference on January 10, 2011: San Antonio Scorpions FC.[4]

In the team's first NASL game, the Scorpions tied the Atlanta Silverbacks 0–0.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

The Scorpions sold 3,040 season tickets for the 2013 season.[8] After a promising Spring season in which the team finished 3rd,[9] the Fall season told another story. On August 27, 2013, Tim Hankinson was fired as Head Coach after an 0-0-4 start in the NASL Fall season. Assistant Coach Alen Marcina was named to replace him on an interim basis.[10] Marcina was named permanent head coach on November 20, 2013.[11] The Scorpions would finish last in the Fall season standings[12]and finish in 6th place in the combined table at the end of the 2013 season.

NASL Soccer Bowl champions (2014)[edit]

The 2014 season, Marcina's first full season at the helm, was a complete turnaround for the Scorpions from the previous year. After finishing third in the Spring season standings, the Scorpions captured the Fall season championship on a stoppage-time goal from captain Adrian Cann in a 1–0 win over the visiting New York Cosmos.[13] The Scorpions would face the Cosmos again just a week later in their NASL Championship semi-final game at Toyota Field.[14] The Scorpions would go on to win that game in extra-time, 2–1, as Wálter Restrepo scored the winning goal in the 110th minute.[14]

On November 15, 2014 the Scorpions hosted the 2014 Soccer Bowl at Toyota Field against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[15] The Scorpions would go on to win their first NASL title beating the Strikers 2–1 in the Soccer Bowl.[16]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Toyota Field
Toyota Field from above

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 Comalander Stadium as an alternate playing site for their 2012 U.S. Open Cup matchup against the Laredo Heat. Comalander Stadium is owned by North East ISD, the same owner of Heroes Stadium.[17]

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.[18][19]

On November 15, 2014 Toyota Field hosted the NASL Soccer Bowl between the San Antonio Scorpions and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[20] The Scorpions won 2–1.[21]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

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,[22] 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.[23]

Mascot[edit]

Sting is unveiled to fans and supporters

On April 12, 2014 San Antonio unveiled its new mascot at a home match against Minnesota United. During halftime, the new mascot hatched out of an egg and was introduced to fans and supporters.[24][25] The club held a naming contest with the fans on social media[26] and after an online vote, Sting was the name given to the new mascot. Sting attends all home games at Toyota Field and can be seen alongside the team at marketing and community outreach programs.

Broadcasting[edit]

As with all the teams in the NASL, San Antonio hosts webcasts of all its matches on NASL Live. In 2014, ESPN3 signed on as the national broadcast partner for NASL Soccer and produced a Game of the Week for the NASL. Some of San Antonio's games were streamed as the Game of the Week. All home games are broadcast on KSAT-TV Channel 12.[27]

Promotion[edit]

The Scorpions have declared their interest in moving up to Major League Soccer.[8] 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.[8] Owner Gordon Hartmann had preliminary discussions with MLS CEO Don Garber in spring 2014.[8] The Crocketeers supporters group have collected over 3,000 signatures in a petition to join MLS.[8] As of January 2015, San Antonio is still in discussions with MLS and "has been very active" according to Commissioner Garber.[28]

Players and staff[edit]

As of January 29, 2015[29]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Sattler, DarylDaryl Sattler      United States
3 Defender James, JuliusJulius James      Trinidad and Tobago
5 Midfielder Menjivar, RichardRichard Menjivar      El Salvador
8 Midfielder Forbes, BillyBilly Forbes      Turks and Caicos Islands
9 Forward Caesar, TrevinTrevin Caesar      Trinidad and Tobago
10 Forward Elizondo, CésarCésar Elizondo      Costa Rica
16 Midfielder Castillo, RafaelRafael Castillo      Colombia
19 Midfielder Soto, JosueJosue Soto      United States
21 Defender DeRoux, StephenStephen DeRoux      Jamaica
22 Forward Zahorski, TomaszTomasz Zahorski      Poland
29 Forward Hassli, EricEric Hassli      France
- Defender Zea, EduarEduar Zea      Colombia

Notable former players[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name Nation
Head coach Marcina, AlenAlen Marcina  Canada[citation needed]
Assistant coach Evans, NickNick Evans  Wales[citation needed]
Assistant coach Munoz, OscarOscar Munoz  Colombia[citation needed]
Goalkeeper coach Lamadrid, JuanJuan Lamadrid  Mexico[citation needed]
Strength coach Novak, ThomasThomas Novak  United States[citation needed]
Assistant coach performance analysis Czar, MichaelMichael Czar  United States[citation needed]
Sports psychologist Theis, RickRick Theis  United States[citation needed]
Exercise physiologist and nutritionist Fogt, DonovanDonovan Fogt  United States[citation needed]

As of January 13, 2015[30]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nation Tenure
Hankinson, TimTim Hankinson  United States 2012-2013
Marcina, AlenAlen Marcina  Canada November 20, 2013-Present

As of January 13, 2015[31]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Spring season Fall season Combined table
(Woosnam Cup)
Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. attendance
(regular season)
Avg. attendance
(playoffs)
2012 2 NASL - - 1st Semi-Finals 4th Round 9,176 6,249
2013 2 NASL 3rd 8th 6th Did not qualify 2nd Round 6,957 Did not qualify
2014 2 NASL 3rd 1st 2nd Champions 4th Round 6,778 7,198
2015 2 NASL TBD TBD TBD TBD Qualified TBD TBD
Key
- Spring & Fall Championships not instituted until 2013 season

Honors[edit]

League[edit]

Minor[edit]

  • deeproot Funds Cup: 2014 (tie)[32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Soccer For A Cause". Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "San Antonio to join NASL in 2012". NASL.com. October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bailey, W. Scott (January 10, 2011). "Pro soccer team to be named Scorpions". 
  5. ^ "Match Report | North American Soccer League". NASL. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Match Recap | North American Soccer League". NASL. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Match Recap | North American Soccer League". NASL. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ http://www.nasl.com/standings/season/7837
  10. ^ "Scorpions Name Alen Marcina Interim Head Coach". North American Soccer League. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Alen Marcina Named Scorpions Head Coach". Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.nasl.com/standings/season/7837
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  14. ^ a b "NASL: San Antonio Scorpions 2 New York Cosmos 1". 
  15. ^ "NASL: MATCH PREVIEW: The Championship Final". 
  16. ^ "NASL: Scorpions Raise Soccer Bowl Trophy With 2-1 Win Over Strikers". 
  17. ^ "Scorpions Could Host Houston Dynamo in 3rd Round of Open Cup". Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  18. ^ McCullough, Bob. "Ground Broken for Scorpions Community Stadium, Home of San Antonio’s New Pro Soccer Team". San Antonio Scorpions. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Toyota Announces Presenting Sponsorships of Morgan’s Wonderland, New Scorpions Stadium". San Antonio Scorpions. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  20. ^ "NASL: MATCH PREVIEW: The Championship Final". 
  21. ^ "NASL: Scorpions Raise Soccer Bowl Trophy With 2-1 Win Over Strikers". 
  22. ^ Clow, Damen (February 10, 2011). "FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo meet at Whataburger Field". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  23. ^ http://sanantonioscorpions.com/partners/supporters-group
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zay2WQILDyM
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  26. ^ http://www.sascorpions.com/news/detail/lang/EN/uuid/hi0wwcjvzk8f1j2brbht4yr4n/name-the-new-san-antonio-scorpions-mascot#.VLkpJ0fF_ec
  27. ^ "San Antonio Scorpions games to be aired on KSAT, MeTV - San Antonio Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. April 8, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  28. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/01/15/mls-commissioner-don-garber-gives-update-potential-expansion-cities-includin
  29. ^ http://www.sascorpions.com/news/detail/uuid/1kv90cwqr9c9b1a6el5z5v4j4d/original-scorpion-darryl-sattler-returns-to-san-antonio#.VMZKJmTF_DY
  30. ^ "sascorpions.com". San Antonio Scorpions. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  31. ^ http://www.sascorpions.com/team/coachingstaff
  32. ^ "San Antonio Scorpions". 

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