San Antonio made its case to be considered a city that can support high-level soccer with four big matches over the weekend. Separate matches hosted by San Antonio FC and San Antonio Athenians SC, followed by a Gold Cup doubleheader at the Alamodome, added up to 54,776 spectators over a three-day period.
Headliner Mexico secured a 2-0 victory over Curaçao, while El Salvador and Jamaica played to a 1-1 draw in Gold Cup play. San Antonio FC tied with its rival Oklahoma City Energy FC.
The soccer-filled weekend kicked off Friday morning when San Antonio FC supporters filled GS1221 to hear Head Coach Darren Powell and Managing Director Tim Holt be interviewed by Sirius XM’s The United States of Soccer, which was broadcasting live from the midtown bar. When asked by host Jason Davis about the club’s Major League Soccer hopes, Holt reaffirmed Spurs Sports and Entertainment’s (SSE) commitment to bringing the top-level league to San Antonio. SSE owns San Antonio FC.
“The ambition here has been pretty clear and evident and public from day one, which is establishing a professional club through [United Soccer League], building that up with the ultimate goal of bringing Major League Soccer to San Antonio. That has not changed over the 18 months,” Holt said.
He also emphasized that San Antonio FC is in regular contact with the league it hopes to join and has met many times both in New York City, where MLS headquarters are located and in San Antonio. Very few specifics of SSE’s expansion bid have been made public.
Holt painted efforts as “a little less PR-driven, and more focused on knowing there are certain things we need to do and accomplish that are important to MLS that we’re doing very methodically with the goal of bringing MLS here in the quickest possible time frame.”
He likened the expansion of Toyota Field to other public venue projects such as the Alamodome, Convention Center, and AT&T Center. MLS expansion would require that the 8,000-seat…