Scorpions and the Case of Sean Arters

As the San Antonio Scorpions build their 2013 squad, one player provides a unique marketing opportunity
by Chris Hockman   |   Thursday, February 14, 2013

Defending The Fort - column on San Antonio Scorpions (SASFC) & the San Antonio soccer scene.

In minor league soccer, every offseason presents significant challenges regarding the squad. The San Antonio Scorpions are beginning to learn that as they face a rebuilding period after the departures of a significant number of players.

With that environment, yes, you lose players and gain players. But there’s always certain things you lack that, if picked up, would prove to be very helpful.

With that in mind, Scorpions manager Tim Hankinson headed to the NASL Combine last week and saw a number of talented players, many of whom he already knew. One that fell in to the latter category was San Antonio native, Sean Arters.

Arters has already been a part of the Scorpions organization, working as a member of staff at the club and was a part of the reserve set up in 2012.

That makes it all the more astounding that Arters hasn’t been picked up by the Scorpions since he’s been right under their nose and playing in their own reserve team.

Hankinson appears more concerned with getting together a strong and experienced first XI, as should any manager would. Arters likely doesn’t fit that bill.

But this constant search for starting XI players misses a valuable part of any football club, the rest of the squad and the development of future talent.

By attending the combine, Arters has made it clear he doesn’t desire to be a member of the office staff at the club anymore and is looking to commence his professional career.

Arters biggest benefit would be proving that a local can make it to the local team with no San Antonio natives currently in the Scorpions line-up.

Estaban Bayona has connections to the city, having studied at the University of Incarnate Word, but that is as close as this team gets to a real San Antonian in the line-up.

That would show the Scorpions as a very real pathway for young local talent, especially with UIW’s move to NCAA Division I.

Arters is certainly talented enough to make the jump to NASL and if the Scorpions don’t pick him up somebody will. It would be a shame to see a young talent that was sitting right under their nose go elsewhere to pursue his career.


Univ W. Sydney & Youthworks Coll.
Club Domestic:
Houston Dynamo, San Antonio Scorpions, Austin Aztex
Club Foreign:
Central Coast Mariners
Originally from Australia found football (or soccer as you Yanks call it) a great connection in a new country. Freelance writer since 2005 covering Australian and US Soccer. Based out of San Antonio but can regularly be seen in Houston, Austin and Dallas.