Japanese group could make San Antonio push a serious one

Japanese group could make San Antonio push a serious one

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 3, 2014

For the last several months, the MLS expansion talk has mostly been about Sacramento and Minnesota. Sometimes Las Vegas would sneak into that discussion but do we really take that one serious? That left San Antonio as the odd man out in some cases.

But all that could change here shortly. The San Antonio Business Journal is reporting that owner Gordon Hartman has potentially lined up more financial backers to help his push for a MLS club in the Alamo City. Hartman has reportedly gotten a group of Japanese businessmen to invest in his club, which could potentially be enough backing to help go for a MLS expansion team.

Hartman would not identify the group, but he did tell me they are “very sincere and serious” in there interest in boosting San Antonio soccer and his nonprofit Soccer for a Cause program, which receives a portion of the Scorpions’ proceeds.

Talks of getting different groups in to invest in San Antonio’s efforts have been discussed for a while. The one big thing going against the San Antonio group had always been in the money department. While Hartman likely has the capital to handle a MLS club, getting a little more support from an outside investment group is certainly the way to go.

Do I see this help pushing San Antonio back above the likes of Minnesota and Sacramento? Not yet. They still have a long way to go at the moment, even though they have the stadium and fan support needed right now to succeed.