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NASL team trades Best XI member for hotel, transportation on road trip

Jan 8, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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In the annals of transfer treats, it won’t quite measure up with a player’s weight in seafood or a set of weights, but the North American Soccer League’s publicity people have a story on its hands regarding the transfer of Walter Restrepo from Florida to Texas.

Restrepo, a 25-year-old midfielder, came of age for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2013. He scored seven goals and registered nine assists in 22 appearances across all competitions, which made him rather attractive to some other teams.

So when the San Antonio Scorpions came calling for the rights to the midfielder, Fort Lauderdale was happy to accept the following for its player:

Hotel and transportation during the Strikers roadie at San Antonio next summer. provides the following quote from the Scorpions site, verifying the exchange:

“The Scorpions would also like to thank Bill Brendel of the Crockett Hotel and Mark Thronson of Shark Limo, two long-term, great partners, for their incredible assistance.  It was only through their assistance that we were able to get this deal done.”

As soccer supporters, we should be able to expect two things to come from this affair. One, that Restrepo will be good and steamed up to face his former mates. The other?

That the supporters of San Antonio provide some genius stadiums songs for both Restrepo and the visit of Fort Lauderdale.

  1. dfstell - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    I guess it is kinda funny to see this bartered this way. But….if they have a traveling staff of ~20 players and staff and you figure ~$1000/each it’s like a $20K transfer fee. Given that a lot of these NASL guys are getting paid under $50K/year that isn’t that surprising of a fee.

    • dukevilla - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      “The Crockett Hotel, a business partner of the Scorpions, would otherwise charge $169 per night during the days in question to put two men to a room. Take that times a dozen, to account for at least 24 members of the organization — players, coaches, medical staff, etc. — and it comes out to $2,028 per night, which brings the total value of the lodging portion of the trade to $4,056.”

  2. talgrath - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Remember folks, the NASL is a stable league run by competent people and will not collapse like the last iteration of NASL. NASL is and should be American soccer’s 2nd tier because it’s totally stable and competitive.

  3. bishopofblunder - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I would have held out for the pre-game meal as well.

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