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San Antonio Scorpions Logo Chosen

2011 March 10
by Brian Quarstad

The voters have spoken and the San Antonio Scorpions now have a logo. Voters were originally given three choices after many other logos were pared down to the final three.

The logo chosen features a crest with the words San Antonio Scorpions FC, a star representing the Lone Star State of Texas and a illustrated scorpion pinching a black and white soccer ball.

The contest drew over 2,000 votes and the wining design was created by David Gallardo of Converse.

“Our logo captures what we had hoped for all along – a design that reflects the toughness and tenacity of scorpions native to South Texas,” said Gordon Hartman, owner of the Scorpions who are scheduled to play in the North American Soccer League in 2012.  “Soon we’ll ask fans to help select a uniform for the Scorpions.”

Scorpions officials will collaborate with Nike Inc., recently announced as a major team sponsor, on coming up with three uniform designs which the fans will also vote on. That voting will begin sometime in May.

While the the second of the three designs was chosen, those commenting at IMS seem to choose design number one when the designs were originally posted.

3-final designs that were voted on by the fans.

Another design seen on several discussion boards and garnering much positive response was never entered in the contest.

Design that appeared on Chris Creamers Logo discussion board but was never entered in the contest.

13 Responses
  1. ERic permalink
    March 10, 2011

    Well, at least it’s not the worst of the three.

  2. March 10, 2011

    Obviously the Creamers’ logo (design #4) wins hands down. I just hope the SA folks can get their act together and put out a viable team/organization.

    Have you heard ANYTHING regarding another Austin team forming? They would be natural rivals and good for the league, if they were both in the NASL. You’d think with the Aztex’s success in their second season, before moving to Orlando, someone might pick up the torch.

  3. March 10, 2011

    “You’d think with the Aztex’s success in their second season, before moving to Orlando, someone might pick up the torch.”

    So someone with a net worth of $20 mil plus who loves soccer and is willing to lose $1.5 mil a year for who knows how long? ;) I think that someone picking up the torch maybe easier said that done. Not saying it won’t happen. But the whole NASL struggled to find 8 viable owners this season. This is not a simple task.

  4. Greg permalink
    March 10, 2011

    I wish you hadn’t pointed out the bucky ball overuse. Now it bugs me too.

  5. March 10, 2011

    Sorry, can’t help it. It’s an obsession.

  6. March 10, 2011

    I take that as a “No.”

  7. March 10, 2011

    I certainly have not heard of anything. It’s just the whole premise that people take sometimes about getting new owners for a team. I think people need to take a step back sometimes and really think about what those new standards mean. This isn’t like the old USL were you could just go out and find a successful businessman and persuade him to buy a soccer franchise. With the new USSF standards this is some serious stuff. Big, BIG money. Maybe not MLS big, but not far under that.

    I think right now the most important thing the league can do is exactly what they are doing and that is to build a really good infrastructure so it attracts more potent businesses people that see that the league is worth losing some money on for a while because they believe it will be successful in the future. Davidson has even said that himself. That it’s tough selling this league at the current time.

  8. Strikers Return permalink
    March 10, 2011

    @BQ – Great commentary on not only Austin, but the D2 situation on the whole. Too many people just don’t seem to grasp the incredible rise in standards for the sanctioning of D2 now. It is more imperative then it has ever been for every single fan to shoulder some of the load in helping to spread the word and get more and more people to come to games and become fans themselves.

    We all know the NASL is not going to be an overnight sensation. But with everyone, league, teams, and fans all working together, we can make 2011 a successful season, and a foundation for a more stable future for the league, and pro soccer in general in more places.

    I hope Hartman and the Scorpions continue to generate interest for their market. I sincerely hope they find a way to get their stadium situation worked out as well. Personally I liked the winning logo the best myself. I know there is hate from a lot of the purists about the ball, but honestly to the casual fan, it’s not a deterrent at all, and actually is something a lot of them expect on a logo. Sometimes we “fanboys” take things a little too seriously I think. If everyone spent as much time focused on getting their friends and neighbors to come out to games as they did on critiquing a team’s logo, we’d all be better for it. LOL

  9. Soccer Boy permalink
    March 11, 2011

    I like the logo.

  10. March 11, 2011

    There are no technical rules for designing logos. A good logo is onethat can easily be recorded in our memory and captures ourattention and that should be associated with the company vision.

  11. John permalink
    March 11, 2011

    I don’t understand why they can’t make a soccer league successful by making it more inclusive– trying to get as many teams from other towns and cities around the country so more people have a stake in the game instead of just a handful of cities. Have a regional group stage that lasts 1/3 of the season, a regular season of the top teams from the regional groups, then a playoffs of the top 4 or 8 teams. You could field a bunch of low-cost teams in the regional stage, with guys who will play for little and teams playing in small stadiums that already exist, like high school or college stadiums or abandoned professional stadiums. I mean geez, you can field a team of tots for very little, what’s the difference for 20- and 30- something year olds? I think this idea is very much like march madness, it would generate a lot of buzz and excitement. If soccer is a business,or like a business, you need to have distribution channels. How many books would Barnes and Noble sell if they only had stores in 8 cities, or how many phone plans would Sprint sell if they only had stores in a dozen cities??? It just makes business sense to have as many teams as possible.

  12. Blake permalink
    March 15, 2011

    Wow….I really like Creamer’s logo. Bummer it was never entered, I would have voted for it.

    When are we supposed to get official colors? That crimson in the Creamer’s logo looks sharp.

  13. March 15, 2011

    As we’ve talked about on this site before, you do need to be careful with colors when you are a minor league team and cost containment is important. Special colors, embroidery, uniform colors cost a lot of money. That doesn’t mean you can’t be unique or creative but you do need to stay within certain parameters to keep costs on uniforms and official team merchandise down.

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