When Pele Came to San Antonio

San Antonio soccer fans had the opportunity to watch Pele, arguably still the most famous soccer player globally in 1976 when he and the New York Cosmos arrived to play the San Antonio Thunder in an NASL exhibition match on … Continue reading When Pele Came to San Antonio

San Antonio Thunder 45th Anniversary-Inaugural Match vs. Dallas Tornado

“This is professional hockey, right?” This tentative question came from a fan seated behind a columnist from the San Antonio Express during the San Antonio Thunder’s 2-1 victory over Dallas Tornado in their inaugural North American Soccer League match 45 … Continue reading San Antonio Thunder 45th Anniversary-Inaugural Match vs. Dallas Tornado

This Week Marks the 45 Year Anniversary of San Antonio’s First Pro Soccer Team

In April 1975, San Antonio and Central Texas joined nineteen other cities and regions in the United States with a professional first-division soccer team when the San Antonio Thunder played their first match in the North American Soccer League (NASL). On Friday April 18th, 1975, the Thunder opened their inaugural season at North East Stadium (now Comalander Stadium) in San Antonio against the other team from Texas in the league, the Dallas Tornado. How a city with no previous experience with top-level professional soccer became part of this league is an interesting story, which unfortunately ended much too soon when … Continue reading This Week Marks the 45 Year Anniversary of San Antonio’s First Pro Soccer Team