Tom Orsborn, of the San Antonio Express-News, in Saturday’s edition of the paper
has provided us with good information about the state of professional soccer in San Antonio.
Officials from the United Soccer Leagues, Bexar County and Spurs Sports & Entertainment confirmed Friday they have discussed bringing a USL team here within the next several years.
The article goes on to suggest that professional soccer will come to San Antonio with the building of a new soccer stadium. As a soccer fan, although it would be nice to have a soccer specific stadium/arena here, I do not see it as being a necessity for the USL to come to San Antonio. The Austin Aztex do not have one, nor am I aware of where they plan to play in the future.
With the current economic climate in the spotlight, I believe pro soccer can build an army of opponents in San Antonio if it places a prerequisite of a public-funded stadium on the deal.
It would make more sense to build a stadium for Major League Soccer to come back, but even then with the Seattle Sounders sharing their pitch with the Seahawks of the NFL successfully (so far), I believe the Alamodome can still serve a purpose. For the USL, I would even think – Alamo Stadium might be an option.
I truly believe for soccer to be a reality in the Alamo City, the powers that be should make proponents for their cause. A stadium funded by the citizens of San Antonio/Bexar County for a growing sport in the United States may do the opposite.