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Castro Trumpets San Antonio's Push For Major League Soccer Franchise

Chris Eudaily
TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is making his case for bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to the city, praising the San Antonio Scorpions for the team's contribution in starting a fan base that he said would support the team.

In a letter to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Castro took the opportunity to brag about his city. Garber then wrote back and promised there would be ample discussion about the possibilities of an MLS franchise in San Antonio.

Castro posted Garber's response on Facebook. Garber said that as MLS seeks to expand, San Antonio has been a part of the discussion.

"As we continue to grow our footprint throughout North America, there is no question that San Antonio has been a topic of discussion," Garber wrote. "We continue to monitor the significant development and transformation of the city, and I applaud you for your accomplishments as mayor."

Castro believes the city makes a great case for itself.

"We’ll put our best foot forward, no pun intended, on why San Antonio should be one of the four cities that gets a soccer franchise between now and 2020," said Castro. "I believe we have a strong case: The fan base, growing corporate presence, a lot of experience that the Scorpions now have and showing demand."

Garber praised Castro for growing San Antonio’s infrastructure, population and economy.Castro is expected to meet with Garber this fall.

Editor's Note: Though the Scorpions did well in their inaugural season, a poor second season in which the team has lost its leading scorer from a year ago and the head coach has been sacked is not doing the Scorpions or the city any favors in their case for the MLS. The league is looking for more than just a flash in the pan, so if the Scorpions and the city can prove that they have a sustainable model -- beyond a great stadium and corporate support -- then San Antonio may have a chance.

Right now soccer writers from around the world are only giving San Antonio an outside chance at getting one of the four MLS spots. For a closer look at who San Antonio is up against go to: www.theguardian.com/football/2013/aug/01/mls-expansion-four-teams-2020-24

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.