From the NASL Front Office:
Ownership Group Led by San Antonio Businessman and Philanthropist Gordon Hartman
OCTOBER 6, 2010 — The North American Soccer League (“NASL”) is proud to announce the admission of a new member team based inSan Antonio, Texas, which will begin playing in 2012. The expansion team was organized by native San Antonian Gordon Hartman, who recently developed the 14-field STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex and neighboring Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first-ultra accessible family fun park designed specifically for children and adults with special needs and the entire community to enjoy.
“We welcome San Antonio to the NASL. As we continue to expand the NASL and collectively grow professional soccer in the United States, San Antonio is a natural market with a vibrant business community and soccer fan base. With community leader and successful businessman Gordon Hartman leading the charge, we have added a tremendous owner and partner to our league and are sure the team will follow San Antonio’s winning tradition. And like FC Edmonton, which became a member of the NASL in November 2009 and begins play in April 2011, we are confirming San Antonio and other expansion teams with at least one season’s lead time so that we give the NASL and our teams the necessary time to prepare and launch successfully,” said Aaron Davidson CEO of the NASL.
“We’re delighted to have secured the rights for an NASL team in San Antonio,” Hartman said. “We will be working aggressively to finalize the details so we can share all the specifics as soon as possible.”
Hartman said he and his ownership group have pursued a San Antonio pro soccer team for two main reasons. “First, we strongly believe there’s a growing interest in and demand for soccer in our community,” he said. “Second, we believe the synergy between the professional soccer team and STAR Soccer will be very beneficial to the long-term success of Morgan’s Wonderland.”
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