“Pat brings agility and knowhow to our defense,” said Head Coach Tim Hankinson. “His experience as a starter in Major League Soccer will be invaluable as we play hard to shut down opposing offenses.”
Born in Houston, the 28-year-old Phelan grew up in Enfield, Conn., and earned recognition as 2003 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year. He competed on the USA U-18, U-20 and U-23 national teams and also took part in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Phelan starred at Wake Forest University and served as captain for the Demon Deacons’ first NCAA Division 1 National Championship in 2007. Toronto FC drafted him in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, but traded him to the New England Revolution where he made his MLS debut June 12, 2008. He made 80 appearances between 2008 and 2011 for the Revolution and most recently played for SJK in Finland.
Phelan and the rest of the Scorpions squad will report for training camp March 1, and they’ll get 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.