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San Antonio awarded USL franchise for 2016 season

Team to be coached by Darren Powell, formerly of Orlando City of MLS

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SAN ANTONIO – The United Soccer League awarded a franchise to the city of San Antonio in a press conference held at Toyota Field Thursday afternoon.

The team, owned and operated by Spurs Sports and Entertainment will be coached by Darren Powell, a native of England who comes from Orlando City of Major League Soccer. 

Coach Powell will have a very short time to get a team together since the team begins play this March.

The move for a ULF franchise is part of a collaborative effort by the city, county and SS&E to pursue bringing Major League Soccer to the Alamo City. Supporters say the USL is a better route to the MLS than the North American Soccer League, in which the Scorpions played.

Back on Dec. 22 Spurs Sports & Entertainment, alongside Bexar County leaders, announced that they were bringing a United Soccer League franchise to San Antonio. The announcement was also made at a press conference held at Toyota Field, the former home of the Scorpions and the new home of the USL team.

The team's name, jersey, and crest will be announced at a later date.


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