For the entirety of their existence, the former San Antonio Scorpions played in the North American Soccer League which was the official second division in the American soccer landscape. When they folded after the 2015 season, San Antonio FC emerged as the city's next professional team to lead the charge for a potential Major League Soccer franchise, only this time in the third division United Soccer League.
How does this affect San Antonio FC?
San Antonio FC (USL) was eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup by the Houston Dynamo (MLS) 4-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium Wednesday night.
The brand new USL club held its own for the first 45 minutes in its first ever match against an MLS opponent, playing very well against their in-state rival. However, Houston opened up the scoring in the 39' after SAFC defender Milton Palacios slipped at the top of the box, giving room for Houston's Manotas space to slip the ball in past Josh Ford. It looked as though the visitors would go into halftime only down one, but Alex gave the home team a 2-0 lead in first half stoppage time after a deflected cross landed neatly for him.
The second half was a different story. Houston dominated possession as San Antonio couldn't get the ball out of their own half for the majority of the half. Two quick goals in the 60' and the 66' sealed the Cup victory for the MLS side.
Houston will await the Fifth Round draw tomorrow where they will find out their next opponent and what bracket they will be in as the pool of teams left continues to shrink.
This match was a great measuring stick for San Antonio. The organization and city are first class, but there is still work to do on the pitch. San Antonio resumes USL play on Saturday when they host the Colorado Switchbacks at Toyota Field. “Hopefully the guys can learn from tonight, and we’ll get better come the weekend" concluded Head Coach Darren Powell.
USL San Antonio 2016
End of the Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions owner, Gordon Hartman, spoke at the event. He thanked San Antonio for supporting Morgan's Wonderland and in an interesting comment, said that he wants to see the Scorpions continue to play in the NASL. Rumors have been swirling around the last week or so that an investor in Las Vegas is in the process of purchasing the team and will move them to Las Vegas. The Scorpions sent out a press release during the Spurs' announcement thanking the fans and showcasing their achievements in the NASL.
The Spurs USL team is expected to unveil their crest and team name in early 2016.
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