“It’s a dream come true to play for the Scorpions,” said Arters. “To have the opportunity to play for my family and friends in my home town is amazing, so I’m ready for this next step as a professional and to contribute as much as I can.”
Head Coach Tim Hankinson reiterated the same sentiments, and is excited that Sean has joined the team while realizing how special this is for the city of San Antonio.
“Any time a professional club can sign a local product is a great moment for the city of San Antonio as well as for the Scorpions,” said Hankinson. “He’s an endless worker, and within our environment I know he’s going to improve and I look forward to many magical moments on the field.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Arters moved to San Antonio with his family at age 10 and went on to attend Churchill High School where he graduated in 2006. The High School All-State soccer player then attended West Virginia University for two years where he walked on to the soccer team, before transferring to St. Edwards University in Austin and also playing soccer there.
Arters graduated from St. Edwards in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. If his dream of playing professional soccer never panned out, he certainly had a respectable “backup plan”.
“I really want to go into sports psychology in the future,” he said. “That was my major in college because I’ve always been interested in that and I have always wanted to help kids and athletes out that way.”
But for now, those plans remain on hold as Arters begins his tenure with the Scorpions after signing his first professional contract. It was an interesting road to becoming a member of the full squad, but one that he wouldn’t mind taking again. Arters began playing with the Scorpions reserve squad last season and made lasting impressions on the coaching staff. He was also a member of the Crocketteers, one of the Scorpions’ passionate supporters groups. However, he was then offered a chance to work with the Scorpions front office where he became the Camps Coordinator.
“When the front office reached out and extended the opportunity to come work for them and run their camps that they hosted, I was really excited to join them. I had a great time and it was a really good experience.”
Despite his ongoing work for the front office, coach Hankinson knew the potential that Arters had, and saw that even with a different job description, he hadn’t given up hope of his main goal.
“We knew he was a player when he was hired here to work for the organization,” said Hankinson. “Sean has been one of those players with a vision of playing professionally, and despite his work for the club he’s never lost that passion to play the game, so now he’ll have a chance to pursue that.
Arters, who has been training with the Scorpions this entire preseason, also got the opportunity to play in a friendly match last weekend against his alma mater, St. Edwards. The Scorpions won the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Nikola Vasilic and Esteban Bayona, but Arters had some noteworthy moments as well, registering a shot on goal and delivering a pinpoint cross for striker Hans Denissen that was saved well by the opposing keeper.
“It was great to play against them,” said Arters. “I saw a lot of my former teammates that I played with while I was there, and I got to play against them, which was nice. I also got to see the coach and assistant coach who I played for so it was great seeing them as well.”
Arters has had the chance to play with some of the most experienced players in the league, with San Antonio having veterans of MLS, the Mexican first division as well as leagues across Europe. This, he says, has only helped advance his development.
“I would say the experience that we have, especially with some of the new guys is incredible. With guys like Pat [Phelan], Bryan [Jordan] and Kevin [Harmse] in the squad there’s some MLS experience in this team. I’ve really learned a lot from these guys in the last three weeks.”
With the season quickly approaching, Arters understands his role on the squad and is looking to do whatever he can to make himself a better player and the Scorpions a better team. The Scorpions, along with Arters, expect nothing less than a championship this season, and he is aware of how he can help.
“I just want to contribute as much as I can in training and in matches,” he said. “I’m going to try to get on the field and get as many caps as I can, but more importantly I am going to contribute to this team’s success as best as I can.”