- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 23, 2015
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Boy the news is coming out today in a hurry for MLS expansion hopefuls. First Minnesota gets in and now there is a report in the Sports Business Journal that states that NASL side San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman has hired Citigroup to sell the team, its stadium and adjacent property..
The article (paywall warning) states that the San Antonio owners believe the key in the sale is the expectation that the team could make the jump to MLS.
Sources to WVHooligan have stated this has been a plan that has actually been in the works for a couple years with the Scorpions. Whether or not that is actually true, it is interesting considering the timing of everything. San Antonio didn’t publicly say anything regarding the Minnesota expansion like Sacramento did last week but sources say that the front office wasn’t surprised by the move.
Its also worth pointing out that the TV and corporate sponsors potential in Minnesota played a large role in how they got a team before Sacramento or San Antonio.
Does this mean San Antonio isn’t getting a MLS team? Well, right now it doesn’t appear they’ll be in the goal of hitting 24 teams by 2020. But I would expect as MLS looks to explore beyond 24 teams like the league has stated they will do, San Antonio will once again be high on their list. League sources have stated to me that they absolutely love the idea of adding a third Texas team to boost the rivalry factor with Dallas and Houston. So right now, like it has all along with San Antonio, will come down to whether or not someone with enough money can step up and get it done.