San Antonio Fc is a soccer team that is based in San Antonio, Texas. They compete as a member of the Western Conference in the United Soccer League Championship, which is the second-highest level in the United States soccer league system. In this article, we are going to know more about San Antonio FC.
The team’s foundation was simultaneous with the purchase of Toyota Field by Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. It was all part of a plan that was done by local officials in order to have an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer. The city’s intention to have an expansion team resulted in the dispersal of the San Antonio Scorpions franchise of the North American Soccer League. The first head coach of the San Antonio FC was Elon University’s men’s soccer former coach and Orlando City SC Pro Academy Director, Darren Powell. The team’s first player was Carlos Alvarez, and he joined the team on February 2, 2016.
During the San Antonio FC’s inaugural season, they failed to make it to the playoffs. The team finished the 2017 USL regular season with a 17–11–4 record. The San Antonio FC finished their second in the USL Western Conference standings, and they earned their first playoff berth. San Antonio FC managed to advance to the Western Conference semifinals before they got eliminated. They failed to make the playoffs in 2018 and 2019, where they had a combined 4 points in the conference table.
In October 2019, the San Antonio FC decided to part ways with their head coach Darren Powell after being with the team for four seasons. Under Powell’s supervision, the team accumulated an overall competition win-draw-loss record of 59-39-44. He also led the club to its first and only playoff appearance in 2017; however, the team failed to make the playoffs under his leadership in the other three seasons. On the other hand, his assistant coach, Alen Marcina, replaced Powell on December 9, 2019, in time for the team’s preparation for the 2020 USL Championship season. Marcina is known to lead the former San Antonio Scorpions to their only NASL championship in the 2014 season.
Where Do The San Antonio FC Play their Home Games?
The San Antonio FC plays their home games at the Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. It is a soccer-specific field that can accommodate up to 8,200 people. It is a natural grass stadium and has a design that can be expandable to over 18,000 seats. The field was initially built for the San Antonio Scorpions, but Gordon Hartman, the initial owner of the stadium, sold the stadium to Bexar County and the City of San Antonio in November 2015. During the San Antonio FC’s inaugural home match against the Swope Park Rangers in April 2006, they set a Toyota Field attendance record of 8,466.
Crest and colors
The colors of the San Antonio FC are black and silver, which shows the team’s strength and unity with the other SS&E team franchises. On the other hand, red acts as an accent color, and it from the same red in the Texas state flag, which symbolizes the pride that the club has in Texas.
The San Antonio FC’s badge has a shape that was derived from a variety of international and traditional national club crests. And the heart of the badge features two prominent elements. These are the five diagonal stripes that were inspired by the armed forces. It is a salute to San Antonio’s rich military history as well as the club’s goal to play at the highest level. The other prominent element is the rowel of the Spur, which symbolizes the direct connection between San Antonio FC and its parent company, which is the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.