SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio’s new North American Soccer League (NASL) team that will begin competition in 2012 needs a name, and the fan who submits the winning entry will score a super prize package that includes a trip for two to accompany the team on a road trip.
Entries in the “Name Our Team” contest will be accepted beginning today, said philanthropist Gordon Hartman, who’s heading the effort that’s bringing pro soccer to San Antonio to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible family fun park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind.
“’Soccer for a Cause’ is the theme and driving force of our endeavor,” Hartman said, “and we want to involve our community every step of the way. We believe there’s definitely a growing interest in soccer in Greater San Antonio; pro soccer will add an exciting new dimension to our community.”
Fans who don’t want to miss any of the NASL action can now reserve season seats for the inaugural season that will kick off in spring 2012. A $25 deposit will place the fan on a priority list and give him or her the right to select a specific seat location at a “Select Your Seat” event.
To reserve their season seat plan, fans can visit www.soccerforacause.com, call toll-free (855) 333-2012 or stop by the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex next to Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
The deadline for team name suggestions is 5 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 17. Fans can submit names online at www.soccerforacause.com, or they can fill out suggestion forms at STAR Soccer near the Wurzbach Parkway-Thousand Oaks Drive intersection, not far from the IH 35-Loop 410 interchange.
A panel of judges from STAR Soccer, NASL San Antonio, Morgan’s Wonderland and The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation will select the winning team name, which will be announced along with the fan who submitted it in early January. In case of more than one submission of the winning name, a drawing will be held to determine the winner of the prize package that, in addition to accompanying the team on a road trip, will include dinner with the team’s head coach, a private soccer clinic with pro players, four season seats for the team’s inaugural season and a package of team equipment to include a team jersey autographed by the players.
Once the team name has been determined, the team logo design and uniform design phases will follow, Hartman said. In each instance, fans will be asked to help make the final determinations. Details will be announced as each phase of building the team progresses.
For more information, visit www.soccerforacause.com; call toll-free (855) 333-2012; or follow the building of San Antonio’s team at http://www.facebook.com/NASLSanAntonio or http://www.twitter.com/NASL_SA.
The NASL was established in November 2009. NASL member teams are: Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, FC Edmonton, Miami FC, NSC Minnesota Stars, Montreal Impact (joining MLS in 2012), Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos, AC St. Louis, FC Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (joining MLS in 2011). The NASL is in the process of applying to the United States Soccer Federation for sanctioning as an independent second-division league starting in the 2011 season.