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Scorpions add central defender with MLS experience to roster

Post 20 April 2012 By In Scorpions News
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The San Antonio Scorpions have signed 29-year-old defender, Aaron Pitchkolan, for the 2012 North American Soccer League (NASL) season.

Pitchkolan joins the Scorpions after spending the 2011 season with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the NASL.

The Colorado native has also featured with Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes.  While at FC Dallas he made 68 appearances from 2005 to 2009.

“He’s very versatile. He can play either the center midfield or the center back position,” Hankinson said.  “That gives us the ability to rotate and keep those positions at a high quality level.”

Hankinson believes the addition of Pitchkolan will be instrumental for the Scorpions the rest of the season and will have an immediate impact on the squad.

“He’s got experience, he communicates well and we need that right now,” said head coach Tim Hankinson.

During his collegiate career he helped the University of Tampa win the NCAA Division II national championship in 2001 before transferring to West Virginia University.  At West Virginia he was named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic team in 2004.

Pitchkolan will be available for team selection as the Scorpions host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the fixture are available at https://www.sanantonioscorpionstickets.com/. General admission seating begins at $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Game day tickets will be available at the Heroes Stadium -- $17 for adults and $12 for children.

San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman led the effort to bring the Scorpions to San Antonio as well as to create Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio.  Morgan’s Wonderland enables people of all ages with and without disabilities to come together in a safe, colorful, totally-wheelchair-accessible park for fun and understanding.  Now in its third year of operation, Morgan’s Wonderland features more than 25 rides, playscapes and attractions spread out over 25 acres in what once was a limestone quarry.

Because anyone with a physical or cognitive special need is admitted free to Morgan’s Wonderland, Hartman sought other revenue streams to help the park meet its financial obligations.  Morgan’s Wonderland opened in spring 2010 along with the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex, which conveys profits from the operation of 13 first-class playing fields to the theme park.

Sensing an opportunity to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland for the long run, Hartman in fall 2010 secured an NASL franchise – one rung below MLS – and immediately launched Soccer for a Cause, a campaign to build community support for the new team.  This included a name-the-team contest, a logo-design competition and an online vote of fans to select the Scorpions’ jersey.  Meanwhile, Nike became the first to sign up as a team sponsor.

More information about the San Antonio Scorpions FC is available at www.SanAntonioScorpions.com,http://www.Facebook.com/SanAntonioScorpions or http://www.Twitter.com/SAScorpions.  Additional Morgan’s Wonderland information can be found at www.MorgansWonderland.com or by calling (210) 495-5888.

About the NASL

The North American Soccer League is the Division 2 men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The NASL member teams are:  Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, FC Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, NSC Minnesota Stars, Puerto Rico Islanders and the San Antonio Scorpions FC.  For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com or on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

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Last modified on Friday, 20 April 2012 21:36
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