The San Antonio Scorpions announced three signings on Wednesday morning as they revealed the additions of two defensive pieces. Goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes, defender Milton Palacios and forward Johnny Lawson join the club, and will be eligible to play once their ITC comes through.
The two signings will be welcome by San Antonio Scorpions fans, who have been crying out for a leaky defence to be strengthened. The Fernandes signing was actually completed earlier in the week and as such there is a higher chance he could play, of course he will have to unseat Darryl Sattler.
Fernandes, who was part of Portugal’s 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, joins the club on loan from FC Twente of the Dutch Eredivise. It has been a journeyman career for the Canadian born goalkeeper as the Scorpions mark the 12th club that he has played at, with six of those being on loan.
After spending the 2013-14 season at OFI Crete, seeing him make 21 appearances while at the club. 2014-15 was spent at Panthrakikos, continuing his run in Greece, but less successfully as he only managed four appearances for his previous club.
Being born in Canada made Fernandes eligible for the Canadian National Team and earned six caps for the Under 20s. But in 2006, Fernandes made his switch to Portugal, which proved a smart move as he earned two Under 21 caps and two senior caps for Portugal.
Milton Palacios joins the club on a free transfer after he was released from his club and will see him serve as a winger. Palacios has played throughout Central America, including playing time in the CONCACAF Champions League with Marathon.
The final signing announced was that of Johnny Lawson, the San Antonio Native and former Trinity University stand out. Lawson impressed for San Antonio’s NPSL side, Corinthians FC SA and with their season over, Lawson was picked up by the professional team.