Judge Wolff: MLS process was unfair, unethical, and duplicitous

Some people in San Antonio really wanted Major League Soccer to come to the Alamo City, among them, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

When MLS announced that San Antonio didn't make the list for the two expansion cities that will get teams in 2018 and was left of the list of four candidates to be considered for expansion in 2019, Judge Wolff commissioned a report on the process that MLS used to make their decision.

"The investigation found that the MLS process was unfair, unethical, and duplicitous, but that Bexar County does not have a legal cause of action at this time because the Spurs withdrew their MLS application. I accept the report and its conclusions," Wolff said in a statement.

It seemed like San Antonio was a long shot for MLS. The city made it clear that they wanted San Antonio's MLS team to play at Toyota Field while other expansion teams played in brand new stadiums, with MLS saying that they prefer centrally-located, downtown facilities.

MLS had also previously stated that if Austin got a team, San Antonio could not get a team (which is cited in the report). Only later, did we find out that while San Antonio was courting MLS and while MLS told San Antonio that they were in consideration, Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt was backchanneling with Austin since 2016 even though Columbus didn't announce their intention to move until October of this year.

For the full report, click here or read below:

 

Status Report - MLS Claims involving expansion to San Antonio by KENS 5 on Scribd

 

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