“Ivan is a tremendous talent who should help us put relentless pressure on our opponent’s goal,” said Head Coach Tim Hankinson. “This will be his first taste of American soccer, but he comes well-equipped after strong performances in European soccer competition.”
The 5-foot, 11-inch Milicevic, 25, has played primarily for Osijek in his native Croatia, scoring 23 goals in 119 appearances. He also was a member of the Croatia U20 and Croatia U21 national teams.
Scorpions players have reported for training camp and their first look at the team’s new home, Toyota Field, currently nearing completion at Thousand Oaks Drive and Wurzbach Parkway adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio.
The Scorpions, NASL 2012 regular-season champs, will open the 2013 season on the road April 6 versus the Minnesota Stars FC and play their first home game April 13 against last year’s playoff champs, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, at Toyota Field. The colorful, 8,000-seat stadium will host concerts, community activities and special events in addition to soccer.
Scorpions season tickets are now on sale, said team President Howard Cornfield, and Meet Your Seat events have been scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays so fans can visit Toyota Field and select their season-ticket seats. For more information, visit www.sascorpions.com.
The Scorpions franchise is unique in that all net profits from the team and Toyota Field go to help expand programs and services for the special-needs community through non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first and only ultra-accessible theme park, Cornfield noted.
Sensing an opportunity to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland for the long run, San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman launched Soccer for a Cause, a successful campaign to build community support for pro soccer, and three years ago secured an NASL franchise. The Scorpions played their first NASL match April 15, 2012.