San Antonio.- The San Antonio Scorpions FC announced on Tuesday they would sign Croatian forward Ivan Milicevic to the team’s roster. The team’s season opener is a month away. (Courtesy photo)
The San Antonio Scorpions FC signed Croatian forward Ivan Milicevic to add more offensive depth as the team prepares for the 2013 North American Soccer League (NASL) season that begins April 6.
The 5-foot, 11-inch Milicevic, played primarily for Osijek in his native Croatia, scoring 23 goals in 119 appearances.
The 25-year-old was also a member of the Croatia U20 and Croatia U21 national teams.
“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.”
Milicevic is the sixth Scorpions signee since in the last month as the team gears up for the regular season play. Other players have included offensive threat Esteban Bayona who played for the University of Incarnate Word’s soccer team from 2006 to 2008, native San Antonian and Reagan High School grad Craig Hill and mix of international players.
In addition to the recent signings, Kevin Harmse, the team’s first ever signee will return for a second season along with four other of the team’s starters from last year’s roster.
Coming off their 2012 regular season championship, Scorpions players have reported for training camp and their first look at the team’s new home, Toyota Field, is nearing completion.
Toyota Field currently has seating for 8,000 and features include a grass playing field built to FIFA and NCAA specifications, luxury suites, a VIP lounge, a team merchandise store, a patio/beer garden, a large video scoreboard and shaded seating on the west side of the stadium.
The Scorpions first home game is Saturday, Apr. 13 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is a reporter for La Prensa de San Antonio. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.