By Scott Bailey
San Antonio Business Journal
The sellout crowd, which converged on downtown San Antonio — and eventually the Alamodome — for the international friendly soccer match between the U.S. and Mexico men’s national teams, created a buzz in this city that rivaled a Fiesta celebration or even a Spurs NBA Finals game.
It was a World Cup environment on a smaller scale, and another reminder of the impact big-time sports can have on a community.
by Kevin Collins (Alamo City Soccer)
Welcome to the first ever meeting between the San Antonio Scorpions and the Austin Aztex! Fans of both teams have been waiting for this game to happen! The physical proximity to each other makes this a natural rivalry that will pit two teams separated by 70 miles via I-35. Let’s take a look at the teams:
Home: San Antonio Scorpions
League: North American Soccer League (4th season)
2014 record: 16-4-7 Fall season champions/NASL Champions
2014 Top goalscorer: Rafael Castillo (7)
2014 Assists leader: Billy Forbes (7)
Visitors: Austin Aztex
League: United Soccer League (1st season)
2014 record (USL PDL): 11-2-1 1st, Mid-South Division/Conference Finals
2014 Top goalscorer: Adam Black/Jesus Cortes (5)
2014 Assists leader Jesus Cortes (4)
The United States Men’s National Team will take on Mexico at the Alamodome on Wednesday, April 15th. The Crocketteers will be working closely with American Outlaws San Antonio to bring a STRONG USA team Support to the Alamodome that night. All tickets in our section will be General Admission.
The Crocketteers sent San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman a letter thanking him for the season and the good things he is doing for special needs children with Soccer for a Cause and Morgan’s Wonderland. Below is the letter sent and the response from Mr. Hartman. He is truly a great man.
From the members of the Crocketteers we just wanted to thank you again for all you have done for bringing professional soccer to the Alamo City. You have also brought more awareness to children of special needs and shown the world how a sports entity can have a lasting impact on a community in more ways than just making a donation. You are truly and inspiration to all. It has been an incredible season. One the soccer community won’t soon forget.
Looking forward seeing San Antonio take the next step in soccer development and the continued success for Soccer for a Cause.
From Gordon Harman:
Members of the Crocketteers:
Myself along with members of the San Antonio Scorpion franchise and SOCCER FOR A CAUSE want to extend our appreciation to every one of you for your consistent, passionate and unwavering support. The Crocketteers played an important role in keeping a high level of team spirit in force as we worked hard to become the 2014 CHAMPIONS! We look forward to continuing this winning model of success!
Take care and thanks again.
Gordon V. Hartman
Major League Soccer is expanding and with only 3 spots remaining, San Antonio is ready. But we need your support.