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?
Despite what some may say, divisional standing means a lot in the U.S. in terms of media attention, sponsorships, and legitimacy in the eyes of casual sports fans. In reality, San Antonio was already running its organization at a D2 level, but now may be able to attract better players and bigger sponsorships. We aren't quite sure how this will affect the club in the upcoming U.S. Open Cup tournament as there are now two division 2 leagues and zero division three leagues. We are confident that the club will still participate in it, however.
As for the club's MLS aspirations, this doesn't exactly change anything. MLS will still accept resumes by January 31st for those organizations who want to be vetted for the final four announced expansion slots. As we tweeted earlier, San Antonio, while not the flashy choice for MLS, is certainly a safe choice with a stadium built, a fan base, and an ownership group that has the money to be a stable future franchise. While Austin certainly isn't out of the picture, their two-year soccer absence and lack of an ownership group and stadium plan certainly doesn't help their cause.
San Antonio has certainly taken advantage of having a full off-season in terms of marketing, season ticket member recruiting, and player retention and looks to take the USL in 2017 by storm. Now that the sanctioning issue has been resolved for the 2017 season, we should be receiving the full 2017 USL schedule soon.
Alamo Soccer will now refocus on the 2017 season. Our Twitter account will be the most active but this site will still post for your reading.
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