It definitely has been a busy few days for the Scorpions; the San Antonio club signed Marvin Chavez, who played for the Honduran National Team that played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. There had been rumors swirling around that Chavez would join the Scorpions.
The most recent news came when Dan McCarney of the SA Express News tweeted out that he saw him at practice on Wednesday.
Chavez is a former MLS All-Star when he played for San Jose in 2012. He last played for Chivas USA, the now defunct MLS team. He will bring a ton of experience to the team and should make an immediate impact. Not many, if any, other NASL teams can boast that they have talent that has played at the World Cup level.
It may have been a slow start to the off-season, but the Scorpions have certainly picked up steam here in the last two weeks. It should be a great game on Saturday when we put together all this talent against a top MLS club in F.C. Dallas.
To read the full press-release on Chavez, click here.
UPDATE: Here is Chavez breaking ankles.
Head Coach Alen Marcina is now joined by fellow Canadian, Nana Attakora. The Scorpions signed the 25 yr old defender yesterday to join their already stout back-line that includes Julius James, Stephen DeRoux, & newcomer Eduar Zea.
Attakora will bring MLS & international experience to San Antonio. He has played for Toronto F.C., San Jose, and played last season with D.C. United. Although he didn't see any MLS playing-time in 2014, he was used by United in CONCACAF Champions League play. He has played with the Canadian Men's Youth & National Teams, including World Cup Qualifying matches & most recently started in Canada's first two matches of 2015 against Iceland.
I'm definitely excited to see Nana play with the Scorpions. He should get plenty of playing-time and will bring good experience with him to the team.
The Scorpions kick-off their pre-season with their first match THIS Saturday (February 28) against F.C. Dallas in the 2nd annual deeproot Funds Cup. Kick-off is at 7pm CST at Toyota Field.
To read the full press-release on Attakora, click here.
It was announced this Tuesday that the San Antonio based company, deeproot Funds, had entered into a long-term partnership with the San Antonio Scorpions, our soccer team that plays in the division 2 sanctioned, NASL. The 2015 NASL season, and future seasons during the partnership, will be presented by deeproot Funds. In the teams press-release, a few results of the partnership were revealed; the team crest will feature the deeproot Funds logo on top of it, deeproot will provide tickets to Wounded Warriors to attend games, and the company will be involved in the community by introducing financial literacy classes in local schools as well as supporting Morgan's Wonderland.
While reading more about the partnership, there were hints dropped that there are some other advantages of the partnership that have yet to be revealed. I did some looking into the press-release, the deeproot Funds website, and Facebook to see what was up. It is unknown how much money is involved in this deal, but here are some observations that are interesting to note:
This is interesting because it clearly states that a goal of the Scorpions is to become an MLS expansion team; the fact that the new presenting sponsor of the team supports those efforts and promises exciting news to follow leads me to believe that they might have enough money, possibly with other investors, to seriously be considered for an expansion team.
The teams response says that they can't specifically say anything yet, but that benefits of the partnership to the club will make fans happy. This means that these "benefits" were not written up in the teams press-release. These benefits are different than the Wounded Warriors tickets, the financial literacy courses, etc... There are only so many things that a partnership like this can make fans happy about. Sure, it could be more money to bring in better talent. Sure, it could be money to expand Toyota Field.
And yes, it could be money that turns heads over at MLS headquarters to see that San Antonio is truly ready for an expansion team. Most agree that San Antonio has everything it needs to become a MLS franchise; fan support, a soccer-specific stadium that can expand to MLS standards, and a market with only one pro team, the Spurs, that can support multiple pro-franchises (i.e. Salt Lake City). The key ingredient that is missing is investors with enough capital to take on the expansion fees and supporting a top-level team for the long-term. MLS Commissioner Don Garber has said that he wants to announce the next round of expansion cities within the first 6 months of 2015. If any of my suspicions are correct, the sponsorship announcement might have come at the right time, especially after Commissioner Garber let the city of Las Vegas know that it would not be considered for expansion until after 2018.
Am I hopeful that this new partnership leads to MLS coming to San Antonio? Absolutely! To be clear though - all of this is 100% speculation based on assumptions I have made after looking into comments made by deeproot Funds, Gordon Hartman, and the Scorpions in publicly available content.
Only time will tell what other benefits will come via the long-term partnership between the San Antonio Scorpions and deeproot Funds.
San Antonio has acquired Colombian midfielder, Cristian Palomeque, on a season-long loan from Colombian side, Atlético Nacional. Palomeque will become the Scorpions third player from the South American nation, joining Rafael Castillo in the midfield & other newcomer, Eduar Zea in the defense. This signing doesn't come as too much of a surprise as Twitter user @jxlozano1217 tweeted this out yesterday showing loan rumors swirling around Palomeque:
Cristian is only 20 years old but comes with a lot of experience both at the club & national team level. He "started every game at the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey with the Colombian National Team" and "was part of the Colombian team that won the under-20 South American championship in Argentina" in 2013. His experience in big games and tournaments like those will definitely be an asset to Alen Marcina's club.
We are very excited to see what he brings to the team! He will also have a tremendous mentor in Rafael Castillo, who was instrumental in the Scorpions' NASL Championship last season.
To read the full team press release, click here.
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