We are MLSinSA – the dynamic grassroots movement to bring Major League Soccer to San Antonio. We work with San Antonio political officials, the SAFC front office, supporters groups and all the fans to galvanize the collective effort so San Antonio will one day ascend into Major League Soccer.
With MLS considering multiple bids from cities across the United States, it’s imperative all these groups work together to show why San Antonio will be a tremendous addition to the league. If you haven’t already signed the MLSinSA petition, then please do so before you leave the site.
SAFC is owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, considered one of the best sports ownership groups in America. The club is in its second year in the USL.
MLSinSA has deep historical roots, starting with the first-ever MLS exhibition in San Antonio on March 27, 2004 between the NY NJ MetroStars and the Colorado Rapids. Four years later, it organized The Texas Pro Soccer Festival that provided daily training sessions and a round-robin tournament for San Antonio fans featuring the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United, Toronto FC and Chivas USA.
Looking ahead, we’ll be working hard to show Major League Soccer that San Antonio will be a valuable addition by highlighting all the city has to offer, San Antonio FC, Toyota Field, the growing supporters groups and the fabulous fanbase. Join us in showing Major League Soccer why San Antonio definitely needs to be part of the league’s expansion plans.
Here are the recaps of the two MLS exhibition events that forged MLSinSA’s history and proved San Antonio was a rapidly developing market.
First-ever MLSinSA Exhibition – 03/27/2004
The NY NJ MetroStars and the Colorado Rapids played in San Antonio’s first-ever MLS exhibition match at Blossom Athletic Center on March 27, 2004. The game, which ended 2-2, featured future U.S. Men’s National Team players Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman and Ricardo Clark and future USMNT Coach Bob Bradley. A standing-room-only crowd ringed the field that the San Antonio Express-News estimated at more than 4,200.
A few historical highlights:
– Besides Coach Bradley, the game also featured Rapids Coach Tim Hankinson, the future inaugural coach of the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL).
– Colorado General Manager Dan Counce: “You could tell it was a soccer-intelligent crowd. I don’t know if there was any potential MLS owners in the stands, but there should have been because it was good for them to see the potential here.” (SA Express-News)
– NY NJ Midfielder Joe DiGiamarino: “(The crowd) was awesome. It was filled as much as they could. This is a good stadium with good atmosphere. If it’s always this nice, it would be great to have a team here.” (SA Express-News)
2nd MLSinSA Exhibition – Texas Pro Soccer Festival – 03/3-9/2008
The Texas Pro Soccer Festival consisted of four (4) MLS teams during a week-long event in 2008 that featured daily training sessions in Schertz and a round-robin tournament at Byron Steele Stadium in Cibolo. The participating MLS teams were the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United, Toronto FC and Chivas USA.
A few historical highlights:
– Houston Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear called the Texas Pro Soccer Festival “the premier pre-season tournament in Major League Soccer.” (SA Express-News)
– Teams featured Houston’s Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario and Stuart Holden; Toronto’s Maurice Edu and Marvell Wynne; D.C. United’s Christian Gomez and Jaime Moreno and Chivas USA’s Ante Razov and Francisco “Panchito” Mendoza.
– Edu was coming off his 2007 MLS Gatorade Player Of The Year season and several players in the tournament were playing for the U.S. and other national teams.