USL’s Turn: Spurring on Soccer in San Antonio

Artwork by Daniel Rubio.

This town isn’t big enough for the both of them. Despite San Antonio’s status as the country’s seventh largest city, and growing, it’s just not quite ready to host two professional soccer clubs. This was affirmed on Tuesday as Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the corporate owner of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, formally and finally announced it’s plan to introduce a club into the 2016 USL season. The press conference was also used as an opportunity for the recently deteriorating Scorpions FC(NASL) to issue the closest thing we’ve seen to a surrender. It’s no secret that owner Gordon Hartman and Spurs were at odds over who should win the MLS franchise long dangled before the Alamo City. And in a town that’s known for settling battles, this particular conclusion seemed cathartically appropriate. We were there to witness the bittersweet occasion.

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