Scorpions News The Scorpions FC, San Antonio’s new professional soccer team playing the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2012. http://sanantonioscorpions.com Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:57:53 +0000 Joomla! 1.6 - Open Source Content Management en-gb San Antonio Scorpions Designate Party Locations for 2012 Pro Soccer Season http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/270-san-antonio-scorpions-designate-party-locations-for-2012-pro-soccer-season http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/270-san-antonio-scorpions-designate-party-locations-for-2012-pro-soccer-season San Antonio Scorpions Designate Party Locations for 2012 Pro Soccer Season

SAN ANTONIO – In anticipation of an exciting North American Soccer League (NASL) season that begins next month, San Antonio’s new professional soccer team – the Scorpions FC – has designated three locations where fans can party with the Scorpions.

 

“Soccer is all about passion, and we know the Scorpions are ready to party with passionate fans. We are excited to partner with these great establishments to give our fans the perfect setting to party with the Scorpions,” said Michael Hitchcock, Scorpions president.

Hitchcock said official away-game viewing parties will be held at Dave & Buster’s, 440 Crossroads Blvd., while official parties before and after Scorpions home games will be held at alternating The Lion & Rose Pub locations.

In addition, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month during the NASL season, the Quarry Golf Club, 444 E. Basse Road, will host the coach’s show featuring Head Coach Tim Hankinson.  Beginning with the first show April 10, fans will be invited to ask questions in person and via Facebook and Twitter.

The Lion & Rose Pubs early on decided to sponsor the Scorpions.  Food and drink specials will be offered for pre-game and post-game rallies, and The Lion & Rose bus will be available to transport fans to and from games at Heroes Stadium.  San Antonian Allen Tharp founded The Lion & Rose in December 2004 in Alamo Heights and subsequently expanded to four locations in San Antonio and one in Austin.  More information is available at www.TheLionandRose.com.

Dave & Buster’s, one of the nation’s leading dining and amusement facilities with more than 55 locations throughout the U. S. and Canada, was founded in 1982.  The San Antonio location will offer Scorpions fans food and drink specials as well as a private room for away-game viewing.  A popular place to eat, drink and play, Dave & Buster’s pairs a signature menu with top-notch amusements in an upscale-yet-festive restaurant and entertainment venue.  For more information, visit www.DaveandBusters.com.

Renowned golf-course architect Keith Foster designed the The Quarry Golf Club in 1992 and situated it in an abandoned limestone quarry.  The front nine is reminiscent of a links course with rolling hills and wide-open fairways, while the back nine is nestled in the century-old quarry pit, with 100-foot-tall rock walls, cliffs and a large lake.

In 2007, World Traveler Magazine named it the “7th most unique course” in the U. S.  The clubhouse features a fully-stocked pro shop, casual-dining restaurant and spacious outdoor patio overlooking the back nine.  Visit www.QuarryGolf.com for more information.

When the Scorpions battle the Silverbacks April 7, it will mark both a milestone and a dream come true – the first time a professional sports team has been organized solely for the benefit of a non-profit cause, namely Morgan’s Wonderland, a unique theme park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind, Hitchcock said.

San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman led the drive to create Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio so people of all ages with and without disabilities could 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 as well as to expand programs and services at the park for the special-needs community.  Morgan’s Wonderland opened in spring 2010 along with the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex, which conveys net profits from the operation of 13 first-class playing fields to the theme park.  Similarly, Scorpions net profits will go directly to Morgan’s Wonderland.

Sensing an opportunity to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland for the long run, Hartman in fall 2010 secured an NASL franchise – one rung below Major League Soccer – and involved the community in supporting the new team through Soccer for a Cause.  This included a name-the-team contest, a logo-design competition and an online vote of fans to select the Scorpions’ jersey.

Hartman also announced plans for a 6,100-seat playing facility (that can be expanded to 18,000 seats) on land near Morgan’s Wonderland and ready for the 2013 season.  In the interim, the Scorpions will play 2012 NASL home games in North East Independent School District’s 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium across Thousand Oaks Drive from Morgan’s Wonderland.

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 II 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.  For real-time updates, follow the NASL on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/NASLOfficial or on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

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bradryan13+3@gmail.com (Bob McCullough) Scorpions News Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:16:57 +0000
San Antonio Scorpions, Atlanta Silverbacks To Kick Off Soccer Season With Special Olympics Athletes http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/266-san-antonio-scorpions-atlanta-silverbacks-to-kick-off-soccer-season-with-special-olympics-athletes http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/266-san-antonio-scorpions-atlanta-silverbacks-to-kick-off-soccer-season-with-special-olympics-athletes San Antonio Scorpions, Atlanta Silverbacks To Kick Off Soccer Season With Special Olympics Athletes

ATLANTA – San Antonio’s new professional soccer team – the Scorpions FC – and the Atlanta Silverbacks will celebrate the Saturday, April 7, opening of the 2012 North American Soccer League (NASL) season with Special Olympics Georgia Community Day.

 

Through Soccer for a Cause and Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, 100 athletes from Special Olympics Georgia will receive free tickets to the game that will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Silverbacks Stadium.After the contest, Scorpions and Silverbacks players will meet the Special Olympics athletes and sign autographs.

“Soccer for a Cause is a community-wide effort in San Antonio to bring pro soccer to a city that’s eager to see the world’s most popular sport played at a high level,” said Michael Hitchcock, Scorpions president.“This movement led to the establishment of the Scorpions franchise.

“To the best of our knowledge, this marks the first time in history that a professional sports team has been organized solely for the benefit of a non-profit cause, namely Morgan’s Wonderland, a unique theme park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind.Our support of Special Olympics Georgia Community Day shows that Soccer for a Cause is giving back everywhere the Scorpions play.”

“The Scorpions have set the bar high through their creation of Soccer for a Cause, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to incorporate such a worthwhile endeavor into what we’re doing in Atlanta,” said Silverbacks President Michael Oki.“While we’ve previously worked with Special Olympics Georgia, we’re always looking to build upon our relationships, and we certainly look forward to doing that with them this season.”

San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman led the drive to create Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio so people of all ages with and without disabilities could 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 as well as to expand programs and services at the park for the special-needs community.Morgan’s Wonderland opened in spring 2010 along with the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex, which conveys profits from the operation of 13 first-class playing fields to the theme park.Similarly, Scorpions net profits will go directly to Morgan’s Wonderland.

Sensing an opportunity to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland for the long run, Hartman in fall 2010 secured an NASL franchise – one rung below Major League Soccer – and involved the community in supporting 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.

Hartman also announced plans for a 6,100-seat playing facility (that can be expanded to 18,000 seats) on land near Morgan’s Wonderland and ready for the 2013 season.In the interim, the Scorpions will play 2012 NASL home games in North East Independent School District’s 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium across Thousand Oaks Drive from Morgan’s Wonderland.
“We’ve had to overcome numerous obstacles and roadblocks to field a high-quality soccer team, yet we continue to draw inspiration from those with special needs that daily must deal with hard-to-imagine physical and cognitive challenges,” Hartman said.

Hartman reiterated several key goals for the Scorpions including heightening interest in soccer, promoting physical fitness and boosting tourism, in addition to the primary goal of generating profits for Morgan’s Wonderland.

“Morgan’s Wonderland continues to exceed expectations, profoundly touching the lives of special-needs children and adults, their families and friends,” Hartman said.“Thus far, we’ve welcomed more than 200,000 guests from all 50 states and 35 other countries.This level of activity requires substantial financial support in order to welcome more guests and provide more services and programs to the special-needs community at no charge.”

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 Atlanta Silverbacks

The Atlanta Silverbacks are a soccer organization that operates a men’s professional team, a women’s semi-professional team, a men’s reserve team and recreational leagues out of their two facilities, Atlanta silverbacks Park and Atlanta Silverbacks Suwanee Indoor.For more information on the Silverbacks, visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com, http://www.Facebook.com/atlantasilverbacks or http://www.Twitter.com/ATLSilverbacks.

About the NASL

The North American Soccer League℠ is the Division II 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.For real-time updates, follow the NASL on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/NASLOfficial or on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

About Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA)

Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, make friends and be accepted in their communities.SOGA was recently named the state with the largest number of participating athletes of any Special Olympics program.Today, 24,024 athletes have the opportunity to complete in 24 sports, including soccer.

 

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bradryan@playbookmanagement.com (San Antonio Scorpions) Scorpions News Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:01:40 +0000
Three Defenders Added to San Antonio Scorpions FC Team Roster http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/262-three-defenders-added-to-san-antonio-scorpions-fc-team-roster http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/262-three-defenders-added-to-san-antonio-scorpions-fc-team-roster Three Defenders Added to San Antonio Scorpions FC Team Roster

SAN ANTONIO – Three defenders – two with Major League Soccer (MLS) experience and another fresh from a sterling collegiate career – have signed with the San Antonio Scorpions FC, San Antonio’s new professional soccer team.

Blake Wagner, Wes Knight and Fabian Kling have joined their new teammates in preparation for North American Soccer League (NASL) competition that will begin Saturday, April 7, against the Atlanta Silverbacks, while the team’s home opener will be played at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Heroes Stadium against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

When the Scorpions take to the field, it will mark the first time in pro sports history that a team has been organized for the expressed purpose of benefitting a non-profit, namely Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind yet built for everyone to enjoy.

“Since the very beginning, we’ve sought to build a team the plays with skill and passion,” said Scorpions Head Coach Tim Hankinson.  “We believe our three new signees will certainly fit right in.          Our goal is to give our fans an exciting, hard-fought brand of soccer while, at the same time, to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland and the special-needs community.”

Wagner, 24, caught the attention of U. S. Soccer’s Olympic Development Program at age 13.  He grew up in Tampa and went on to become a starter when the national team played in the 2005 Youth World Cup in Peru.  He turned pro the following year and played four seasons with FC Dallas before logging additional pro experience with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Real Salt Lake.

Born in Easley, S. C., Knight played college soccer at the College of Charleston from 2004 to 2008 and earned All-Southern Conference first team and NSCAA All-South Region second team honors.  During his college years, the 25-year-old also played for the Bradenton Academics in the USL Premier Development League.  Most recently, Knight was a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Kling, 24, starred for the Fort Lewis (Colo.) College Skyhawks and was named Defensive Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 NCAA Division II Final Four as well as Division II National Player of the Year.  The four-year Skyhawks starter hails from Augsburg, Germany.

Scorpions President Michael Hitchcock said the team is exceeding expectations in adding new season-ticket-holders and sponsors.  Also, the Scorpions FC just announced construction of a privately funded, 6,100-seat playing facility (that can be expanded to 18,000 seats) on land near Morgan’s Wonderland.  The new stadium will be ready for the 2013 season, so in the interim, the Scorpions will play 2012 NASL home games in North East Independent School District’s 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium across Thousand Oaks Drive from Morgan’s Wonderland.

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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bradryan@playbookmanagement.com (San Antonio Scorpions) Scorpions News Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:40:34 +0000
San Antonio Scorpions FC downs Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Dorados 3-0 http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/260-scorpions-top-cuauhtémoc-blanco-and-dorados-3-0 http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/260-scorpions-top-cuauhtémoc-blanco-and-dorados-3-0 San Antonio Scorpions FC downs Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Dorados 3-0

Stockton, Ca. (March 14, 2012) – The San Antonio Scorpions topped Dorados de Sinaloa and Cuauhtémoc Blanco, 3-0, Wednesday night at Banner Island Ballpark. Hans Denissen netted two goals and Pablo Campos accounted for the third goal in an important win for the Scorpions.

The Scorpions capitalized early when Hans Dennisen beat the goalkeeper to the near post from a tough angle in the 9th minute.

“I received the ball from Javier on the right side. I wanted to cross it into the box, but I saw the goalkeeper off of his line a bit too much and saw some room on the front post. I just hit it in and luckily it went in,” said Dennisen.

While Dorados maintained the majority of possession; it would be the Scorpions and Denissen to score again in the 44th minute.

A mistake by the Dorados backline put Denissen in on goal where he clinically chipped the goalkeeper. “The defender got a piece of it and it came to me. I was free in front of the goal. I just thought of chipping it because the goalkeeper was out of his goal. I chipped it over and it went in,” said Dennisen, who is known as ‘The Flying Dutchman.’

Cuauhtémoc Blanco and the second division Mexican side pressured the Scorpions early in the second half, but an impressive Scorpions defense held strong.

“In the second half they upped the pressure. The defense stayed strong and made my job easy, so it was a good result for us,” says Darryl Sattler.

In the 69th minute, Pablo Campos added a third goal for the Scorpions after an impressive individual performance from Walter Ramirez. Ramirez took on a Dorados defender before laying it off to Campos for the goal.

The Scorpions will play their home opener on April 15th at Heroes stadium. Season Tickets the 2012 season are on sale now by calling (210) 637-3411 or online at http://www.sanantonioscorpionstickets.com. Follow the Scorpions on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sanantonioscorpions and on Twitter @SAScorpions.

Starting XI for Scorpions:

GK: Sattler 1; Defense: Wagner 11, Janicki 12, Cochrane 19, Knight 22; Midfield: Ramirez 21, Kling 2, Harmse 6, Saavedra 23; Forwards: Denissen 10, Campos 9

Starting XI for Dorados:

GK: Garcia 1; Defense: Quiroz 4, Acosta 3, Pineda 6, Valdez 16, Midfield: Osuno 17, Guemez 8, Blanco 20, Quinones 28; Forwards: Herrera 30, Valadez 9

Game Summary:

  • 9’ – Scorpions Goal (Denissen)
  • 44’ – Scorpions Goal (Dennisen)
  • 65’ – Dorados Substitution: (Padilla for Perez)
  • 69’ – Scorpions Goal (Campos)
  • 75’ – Dorados Yellow Card (Figoli)
  • 77’ – Scorpions Substitution (Jennings for Saavedra)
  • 79’ – Scorpions Substitution (Tiago for Denissen)
  • 82’ – Dorados Substitution (Pinto for Blanco)
  • 88’ – Scorpions Substitution (Gold for Ramirez)
  • 89’ – Dorados Red Card (Osuna)
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bradryan13+5@gmail.com (Brad Ryan) Scorpions News Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:25:19 +0000
The Countdown: 40 days away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/259-the-countdown-40-days-away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/259-the-countdown-40-days-away The Countdown: 40 days away

As preseason gets underway the players are working hard in practice and coming together as a team.


“In practice we’ve been working on a lot of possession,” Dominic Papa, Scorpions defender, said. “We are really working to keep the ball and get it forward together into the attack, and obviously fitness as well.”

“In practice we’ve been working on patterns, how to move the ball, how to defend, how to go forward, short passes, long passes, just the usual stuff you work on in preseason,” Scorpions midfielder Fabian Kling said.

The players can also see major differences in the team chemistry since the first day of practice three weeks ago.

“The differences that I see from the first day of practice are that we are finally starting to click together,” Papa said. “The movement and the communication are starting to get a lot better, and our relationships on the field are also improving a lot.”

“The team has come together,” Kling said.  “Obviously in the first week we didn't know each other; we didn't know how everyone played.  Now it’s getting better every day because we are getting used to each other. We know each player’s preferences and that helps out a lot.”

Though taking a day off from two-a-day workouts, the team put in a solid practice on a rainy Wednesday morning.

“Today was a tough training session, but it’s what we need right now in preseason,” Scorpions goalie Craig Hill said. “Tomorrow will probably be more tactical, technical work.”

While trying to master plays and techniques, fitness also remains a key focus at this point in the season.

“Next week, we’re going to keep getting ready fitness-wise,” Hill said.

The Scorpions will assess their game-readiness next Wednesday in an exhibition match against Mexican pro team Club Dorados de Sinaloa in Stockton, CA.

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bradryan@playbookmanagement.com (San Antonio Scorpions) Scorpions News Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:28:23 +0000
The Countdown: 45 days away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/257-the-countdown-45-days-away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/257-the-countdown-45-days-away The Countdown: 45 days away

Since the Scorpions first preseason match against the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, the team has been eager to improve.

“For the first time playing together I thought we did really well organizationally and defensively,” says Dominic Papa, Scorpions’ Defender, “but, we really need to work on our fitness and keeping possession on the attack.”


“We need to definitely improve our fitness,” agrees Craig Hill, Scorpions’ Goalkeeper, “that’s one of the things we noticed later on in the game we started getting tired while the other team was still pretty fresh.  We also need to continue playing together; keep building our team chemistry and gel together a little more.”

This week is not all about practicing for the Scorpions. Wednesday was the groundbreaking ceremony for the team’s new stadium that will be ready for the 2013 season.

“Its very exciting,” says Hill.  “We’re going to have a grass field, it’s going be an amazing stadium and we’re really excited and looking forward to playing there.”

“I’m tremendously excited for the new stadium,” says Papa, “I wish we could play in it this year, but I understand that it takes time so we’re really all excited to come out next year and really put on a good show for the San Antonio fans.”

Wednesday evening the reserves played against a team made up of the University of Incarnate Word and Trinity University soccer seniors.

“The reserve game yesterday went well,” says Hill. “Our objective was to push the game and to take it to them and that’s what we did. We did well pressing and attacking and we got the result.” 

“It was a good test for the younger guys to see where we were at playing together and really test ourselves against an opponent we hadn’t seen yet,” says Jeff Jennings, Scorpions’ Midfielder, “because up to this point it’d really just been inner squad scrimmages.
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bradryan@playbookmanagement.com (San Antonio Scorpions) Scorpions News Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:36:51 +0000
Ground Broken for Scorpions Community Stadium, Home of San Antonio’s New Pro Soccer Team http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/256-ground-broken-for-scorpions-community-stadium-home-of-san-antonio’s-new-pro-soccer-team http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/256-ground-broken-for-scorpions-community-stadium-home-of-san-antonio’s-new-pro-soccer-team Ground Broken for Scorpions Community Stadium, Home of San Antonio’s New Pro Soccer Team

 

SAN ANTONIO – Groundbreaking ceremonies today heralded the start of construction of Scorpions Community Stadium, new home of the San Antonio Scorpions FC pro soccer team.

“This is a tremendous stride forward in bringing exciting professional soccer to Greater San Antonio and South Texas,” said Gordon Hartman, founder of Soccer for a Cause, the community-wide effort to help the sport gain even greater popularity as well as to generate financial support for non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland family theme park in Northeast San Antonio.  “Scorpions Community Stadium will be San Antonio’s premier outdoor sports and special-events venue when it opens for the 2013 North American Soccer League (NASL) season.”

In addition to serving as the Scorpions’ home, the multi-purpose stadium will host high school, and collegiate soccer championships, plus concerts and other special activities, Hartman added.

Joining Hartman for the festive ceremony were NASL Commissioner David E. Downs, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Scorpions coaches and players, the Scorpions Girls ambassadors, pro soccer support groups, civic leaders, soccer league leaders and members of the special-needs community.

“We thought it entirely appropriate to have our stadium groundbreaking just as Morgan’s Wonderland is beginning its third season two days from now,” Hartman said.  “After all, Morgan’s Wonderland is what Soccer for a Cause is all about.  Scorpions net profits will go to Morgan’s Wonderland so the park can continue admitting those with special needs free of charge as well as expand special-needs programs and services.”

The new 6,100-seat stadium, which parallels Thousand Oaks Drive across from Morgan’s Wonderland, is being constructed with private funding and is ultimately expandable in stages to 18,000 seats.  Stadium features include a grass playing field built to FIFA and NCAA specifications, luxury suites, a VIP lounge, a team merchandise store, a patio/beer garden, a large video scoreboard and shaded seating on the west side of the stadium.

While the team’s new home is being built, the Scorpions will play 2012 NASL home games in North East Independent School District’s 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium at Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive within sight of Morgan’s Wonderland.

Head Coach Tim Hankinson, assistant coaches and recently signed Scorpions players – many with Major League Soccer (MLS) experience – have been working out since mid-February at the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex next to Morgan’s Wonderland in preparation for NASL competition.

“We’re making excellent progress in preparation for our first game against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, April 7, and our home opener against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Sunday, April 15,” Hankinson said.  “The science books tell us that a group of scorpions is known as a ‘cyclone.’  So we’re working hard to come together as a tough, determined team that will blow away the competition.”

Hankinson noted that he and his staff looked at more than 600 prospects from 11 countries in building the Scorpions roster.

Meanwhile, Scorpions President Michael (Hitch) Hitchcock and his front-office team have been busy signing up season-passholders and sponsors.

“The momentum has been incredible as the Scorpions get set for NASL action just five weeks from now,” Hitchcock said.  “We’re truly appreciative and thrilled with the entire community’s intensifying interest.  As far as we know, this marks the first time in pro sports history that a team has been organized solely for the benefit of a non-profit cause.  The Scorpions not only will compete for a community that’s eager to see soccer played at a high level but also for a very worthy cause – Morgan’s Wonderland and the great things the park is doing for the special-needs community.”

Hartman led the effort to create Morgan’s Wonderland so people of all ages with and without disabilities could come together in a safe, colorful, totally-wheelchair-accessible park for fun and understanding.  The unique 25-acre park, which features some 25 rides, playscapes and attractions, welcomed more than 200,000 guests from all 50 states and 34 other countries during its first two seasons in operation.  More information is available at www.MorgansWonderland.com.

Morgan’s Wonderland opened in spring 2010 along with STAR Soccer, which already conveys profits from the operation of 13 first-class playing fields to the park.  Soon it will be the Scorpions’ turn to help Morgan’s Wonderland keep moving forward.

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.

In addition to the primary goal of producing profits for Morgan’s Wonderland and heightening interest in soccer, the Scorpions will help promote physical fitness and boost the local economy through tourism, Hartman noted.

“Morgan’s Wonderland continues to exceed expectations, profoundly touching the lives of special-needs children and adults, their families and friends,” he said.  “Each and every day we draw inspiration from all those with special needs who must deal with hard-to-imagine physical and cognitive challenges.”

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, Montreal Impact (joining MLS in 2012), Puerto Rico Islanders and the San Antonio Scorpions FC (beginning play in 2012).  For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com or on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

 

 

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bradryan13+3@gmail.com (Bob McCullough) Scorpions News Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:57:24 +0000
The Countdown: 48 days away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/253-the-countdown-48-days-away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/253-the-countdown-48-days-away The Countdown: 48 days away

During the morning practice for the Scorpions, the squad was split into two groups.

The first group worked on conditioning drills under the supervision of head coach Tim Hankinson.

The workout consisted of a lot of short sprints, increasing in length as the workout progressed.

The second group worked with assistant coach Alen Marcina on a 5v5 drill in a reduced space. The players focused on one-touch passing in a short field.

The goalkeepers, Daryl Sattler and Craig Hill, worked with coach Juan Lamadrid on shot stopping.

“It was a good workout today. A lot of dynamic movements and working with resistance bands trying to improve our explosiveness,” Hill said.

The training session ended with a blue vs. yellow 7v7 scrimmage with a variety of players rotating into the game. The final score was 15-14 in favor of the yellow team as the field players abused the goalkeepers with shots coming in from every direction.

Sattler was the victorious keeper of the day.

“We got pounded today, but this is football and we love it,” Sattler said.

Striker, Euan Purcell worked out separately recovering from a minor knock he picked up last week.

Afternoon Training Session

Despite the rain, the Scorpions still hit the field for the afternoon practice.

The players are learning to work together as a team as they adjust to life in San Antonio.

“I really like it down here so far,” says midfielder Jeff Jennings from Denver, Colorado.  Outside of soccer, Jennings has enjoyed going to the movies and just connecting with his teammates.

His number one calling, though? Great food!  “Anything associated with food has me written all over it.”  He hopes to make it down to Big Lou’s for one of their notorious giant slices of pizza.

As for right now, Jennings says, “I’m just concentrating on practice.  We’ve only been here a week and I’m still trying to get my feet on the ground. I’ll take anything else as it comes.  I’m always up for trying new stuff!”

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bradryan@playbookmanagement.com (San Antonio Scorpions) Scorpions News Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:33:56 +0000
The Countdown: 52 Days Away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/252-the-countdown-52-days-away http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/252-the-countdown-52-days-away The Countdown: 52 Days Away

It’s been a busy first week for the Scorpions as they not only orient themselves with each other, but the city of San Antonio.They have been keeping their focus and preparing for their first preseason match against the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team.


“Tomorrow’s biggest obstacle will be playing together as a team since we’ve only been together for about a week,” says Karsten Smith, a Scorpions’ Defender, “Just getting used to each other’s style of play and communicating on the field; I know we’ll have to fight through some things on the field tomorrow.”

“We have been in training for one week so we don’t know each other that well,” forward Hans Denissen agrees, “The U.S. U-23’s will know each other better of course; they’ve played a long time together and have been in preseason longer than us. I think that’s the biggest obstacle.”

The Scorpions leave San Antonio tomorrow at 9am for the FC Dallas Stadium Complex where they will play at 7:30 pm against the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team.

“Just coming in and learning each other’s names and the way we’re going to play and how each other plays,” says goalkeeper Daryl Sattler, “It is going to be a challenge, but what an opportunity; we’re definitely looking forward to it.”

Adjusting to a new team isn’t the only obstacle the Scorpions players have been facing this week; many of them are still adjusting to a new city or even a new country.

“It’s February now and it’s still summer in Holland so that’s new for me.  It’s nice that there’s sun instead of the cold, of course, so that’s a good thing.”

Although the players have had to deal with different adjustments, they are enjoying their time and experiences in San Antonio.

“I love San Antonio,” says Sattler, “Everyone is very friendly and I’m blessed with the opportunity to be here.

 

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bradryan@playbookmanagement.com (San Antonio Scorpions) Scorpions News Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:37:35 +0000
San Antonio Scorpions Creating On-Field Experiences To Help Young Fans ‘Be Part of the Game’ http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/251-san-antonio-scorpions-creating-on-field-experiences-to-help-young-fans-‘be-part-of-the-game’ http://sanantonioscorpions.com/team-news/item/251-san-antonio-scorpions-creating-on-field-experiences-to-help-young-fans-‘be-part-of-the-game’ San Antonio Scorpions Creating On-Field Experiences To Help Young Fans ‘Be Part of the Game’

SAN ANTONIO – When the San Antonio Scorpions FC begins North American Soccer League (NASL) competition in April, the community’s new pro team will offer young fans opportunities to be closer to the game-day festivities and on-field action.

 

“There are thousands of enthusiastic young soccer fans in Greater San Antonio, so we’ve come up with experiences that youngsters can take advantage of to heighten the excitement of professional soccer,” said Michael Hitchcock, Scorpions president.  “We’ll play our home opener Sunday, April 15, in Heroes Stadium.  With that game against the Puerto Rico Islanders, we want to establish a tradition of excitement and active fan participation.  We want our fans to be big winners, along with Morgan’s Wonderland.”

In a first for pro sports history, all profits from the Scorpions will go to non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind but built to be enjoyed by everyone.

Hitchcock emphasized that the opportunities for youth-soccer on-field experiences during Scorpions home games are limited and subject to first-come, first-served availability.  They are as follows:

Ball Boys/Girls

This experience offers youth soccer players the opportunity to be a ball boy/girl at a Scorpions game. Four players will be placed behind each goal, and four players will be placed on each side of the field, enabling up to 16 kids to be involved.

Requirements:

A team or organization must purchase at least 40 group tickets to a Scorpions game in order to qualify its players as ball boys/girls for that particular game.  Ages 12 and up.

Flag Team

This experience offers youth soccer players the opportunity to carry the American flag along with members of the armed forces in a pre-game processional prior to the National Anthem.  This experience allows entire teams to participate.

Requirements:

A team or organization must purchase at least 30 group tickets to a Scorpions game to qualify its players as flag bearers.  Ages 10 and up.

Dream Team Sponsored by the Soccer Factory

This experience allows up to two teams to walk out hand-in-hand with the Scorpions players as the team takes the field for that night’s game.

Requirements:

A team or organization must purchase at least 50 group tickets to a Scorpions game in order to qualify its players to be part of the Dream Team for that particular game.

High-Five Line/Team Tunnel Sponsored by the Soccer Factory

This experience allows a youth soccer team (up to 15 players) to participate in creating a “High- Five Line/Team Tunnel” on the field through which Scorpions players enter the stadium as the night’s game begins.  Limited team spots available.

Requirements:

The team or organization must purchase 30 group tickets to participate in the High Five Line/Team Tunnel Line.

Pre- Game Parade

This experience enables a team to walk on the track circling the field before a Scorpions home game.  The team will be introduced to the crowd during warm-ups.

Requirements:

The team or organization must purchase 20 group tickets to participate in the pre-game parade.

Halftime Mini-Games

This experience allows eight teams to play in four different mini-scrimmages during halftime on the Scorpions’ playing field.  Participating teams are encouraged to find an age-appropriate opponent.

Requirements:

A team must purchase at least 50 group tickets to be eligible to play a mini-scrimmage during halftime at a Scorpions game.

Autograph Session

This experience will give a team a private autograph session on the field immediately following a Scorpions home game.  Limit of three teams.

Requirements:

A team must purchase at least 50 group tickets to be eligible for a post-game autograph session at a Scorpions game.

Pre-Game Scrimmages

This experience enables a team to play in a one-hour scrimmage against another youth or adult team prior to the start of that night’s Scorpions game.  Participating teams are encouraged to find an age-appropriate opponent.

Requirements:

Each team must purchase at least 100 group tickets to participate in a pre-game scrimmage.

Soccer for a Cause, a community-wide effort led by philanthropist Gordon Hartman to grow the sport of soccer in San Antonio as well as help the special-needs community via Morgan’s Wonderland, has announced plans for 6,100-seat Scorpions Community Stadium to be built adjacent to the theme park in Northeast San Antonio in time for the 2013 season.  During this year’s inaugural NASL season, the Scorpions will play home games at North East Independent School District’s Heroes Stadium at Thousand Oaks and Wurzbach Parkway.

For more information about the Scorpions and special youth-soccer experiences, contact Andrew Forrest at (210) 637-3411 or aforrest@sanantonioscorpions.com.

 

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bradryan13+3@gmail.com (Bob McCullough) Scorpions News Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:48:04 +0000