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San Antonio to join NASL in 2012.

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.”


11 Responses

  1. this is nice and all.. but I think this would be news to Austin on how an expansion team in San Antonio = Aztex joining the NASL.. heh

  2. Dave, not sure if it’s a geographical “woopsie” or what, but the Austin Aztex, based on what we know, do not have plans on joining NASL in 2011. The content of you articles indicates that the team is San Antonio, which is 75 south of Austin. And they’re joining in 2012, not 2011.

  3. I F*cked up! I admit it lol.!

  4. I F*cked up! I admit it lol.!

  5. “Austin? Yeah, Austin Massachusetts.”

  6. Austin ownership has stated publicly that they will play in D2 next season, whatever form D2 ultimately takes. If the NASL gets its sanctioning then that means they will be a NASL team.

    Also, this is great news and a team in San Antonio will be welcomed. They’ve already got a supporter club growing there and I’d expect some big things from this team in 2012.

  7. Welcome aboard San Antonio !!!!

  8. San Antonio has problems. They have no stadium and they want public funds to build one. The Stars, which own sports in San Antonio, are first in line with public funds for a mixed use facility.

    This does not help NASL for 2011 sanctioning, and further, it is highly doubtful that San Antonio will have a D-2 specific stadium ready by 2012.

  9. Everyone seemingly has problems. The thing is, it’d be great for San Antonio to get professional soccer, and they have time to work things out since they don’t plan to play in NASL until 2012. I believe Jorge Campos is also involved with the project to some degree, which would be fantastic !!!

  10. Good for them and the league. I hope all works out!

  11. tienen que marcarlo en Digg

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