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Toyota Field sold, San Antonio targets Major League Soccer

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The San Antonio Scorpions have been making news an awful lot, of late. First, they fired their head coach in the airport, in front of a crowd. They followed that up with some more pleasant news, re-signing one of their best players, Billy Forbes, who was free to explore signing on with another club.

On Wednesday night, the big story dropped in San Antonio, as it was revealed that Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman had reached a deal with both the city of San Antonio and Bexar County for the sale of Toyota Field. That facility is the current home of the Scorpions, and was designed with the ability to be expanded to 18,500 seats, with potential MLS expansion in mind.

The San Antonio Spurs of the NBA will reportedly sign a 20-year lease to operate the stadium, which currently holds about 8,000 fans. The deal which was agreed includes a $5 million penalty should the Spurs fail to bring MLS to San Antonio, so it's quite clear what the long-term goal for the stadium is. Meanwhile, Hartman released a statement through the club's Twitter feed:

For now, it appears that the city will be targeting a USL side in San Antonio, with the goal of being awarded a MLS expansion spot. What will become of the Scorpions isn't clear at the moment, though I'd expect some sort of statement from both the club and the league in the next few days.