After a couple weeks of city meetings and deals to sell Toyota Field, soccer in San Antonio is about to change, and hopefully for the better. On Monday, Bexar County commissioners approved the lease agreement allowing Spurs Sports and Entertainment to operate Toyota Field as it works to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to San Antonio.
Today, SSE announced that they would be launching a USL side in 2016 to play at Toyota Field.
Fans in the Alamo City have been wondering what would come of their NASL side over the last few weeks since Gordon Hartman, the Scorpions owner put the team and the stadium up for sale. The city and county stepped in to take over the stadium, paving the way for SSE to get a team that could eventually move up to MLS.
As apart of the lease agreement, should the Spurs fail at getting in MLS down the road, they will owe the city and county millions of dollars.
The dream of a MLS team may still be a few years away but this could be an interesting development in the sense for FC Dallas as they work out the details of their USL affiliate for 2016. There have been rumblings that the club would not partner with Arizona United SC again in the coming year. A partnership with a team within Texas makes a lot of sense, as does linking up with either Tulsa or Oklahoma City.
What do you all make of San Antonio joining the USL after being in the NASL? Do you like the idea of FCD linking up with them for an affiliation next season over Arizona?