The San Antonio Soccer Examiner’s look back at 2012 comes to a conclusion in this final installment of the top 12 stories of 2012.
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No. 3 Scorpions Stadium Groundbreaking
February 29th only comes around every four years but for San Antonio soccer fans it will always be a memorable anniversary as it was the day ground was broken on what is now called Toyota Field.
Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman together with a number of important San Antonio figures, including mayor Julian Castro gathered outside Morgan’s Wonderland to ceremonially turn the dirt before work started on the stadium.
Now on the eve of the stadium’s first year the stadium has well and truly taken shape with the Scorpions staff getting an office befitting a club that won the 2012 regular season.
No. 2 Professional Soccer returns to San Antonio
It is a day unlikely to be forgotten, April 15th 2012, the date of the Scorpions first ever home game and the first home team to play professional soccer in San Antonio in over 20 years.
Heroes Stadium, with a listed capacity of 11,000 was packed to the rafters as a standing room only crowd of 13,151 fans flocked to see their new team kick-off their existence.
The result may not have gone to plan, with the Scorpions getting trounced by the Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0 but the team turned it around to secure the regular season title.
No. 1 San Antonio Scorpions 1 Houston Dynamo 0
It was easily the most memorable result for the San Antonio Scorpions for 2012, their own David v Goliath third round cup upset as they eliminated Houston from the US Open Cup.
Houston Dynamo fielded a reserve team and it came back to bite them when they conceded a penalty which allowed Hans Dennisen to hit the winning penalty and sending San Antonio through to the fourth round of the US Open Cup.
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