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SBD/August 2, 2013/Franchises
USL Pro's Orlando City Meets With MLS Commissioner Regarding Expansion Plans
Published August 2, 2013
REMEMBER THE ALAMO: In San Antonio, Dan McCarney notes NASL San Antonio Scorpions Owner Gordon Hartman "has repeatedly expressed his intent to let his fledgling professional soccer team grow methodically, pursuing membership in Major League Soccer only with the requisite support." Hartman "saw no reason to alter that approach" after Garber's announcement. Hartman on Thursday said, "Most teams don't make the jump immediately. They define their fan base and build their brand. ... I think we can be serious (candidates) if we continue to see our fan base grow, our season-ticket sales grow. We put all this together because we felt this is an extremely strong soccer city, and we're not going to do anything to put ourselves behind. But the fans have to be there with us.” Hartman is "open to adding partners or selling the franchise outright as long as it aides his charitable mission." He said that he has "been contacted by numerous parties, describing one as serious." The Scorpions are averaging 7,139 fans in NASL matches in their first season at Toyota Field, which "has a current capacity of 8,000 and can be expanded to more than 18,000" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/2).