San Antonio FC have bolstered their team again on Thursday afternoon as they announced the addition of Greg Cochrane and Manolo Sanchez. Both players come from MLS sides, having spent part of 2015 on loan at USL sides.
Cochrane, a defender joins from Chicago Fire, having made 16 appearances for the club over the last two seasons. Cochrane, fits the mold that Powell has clearly been building for his wingers as he is a real box-to-box defender that started his professional career at Los Angeles Galaxy.
After starting 2015 at Chicago Fire, Cochrane went on loan at Saint Louis FC making a handful of appearances for the USL club. While at Chicago he became something of a US Open Cup specialist, playing every US Open Cup match for the team in the 2015 competition twice.
His time at LA Galaxy included some Champions League experience, playing for Galaxy twice, and managing 12 appearances. That wasn’t enough to see him stay in LA Galaxy but he earned a transfer to Chicago where he earned a pay raise, ending his MLS career with a $60,000 base salary while the move to San Antonio sees him reunite with Fire team mate Jason Johnson.
Manolo Sanchez joins from New York Red Bulls, where he was mostly used with their USL reserve side. Listed as a midfielder Sanchez can play upfront and through various positions in the midfield, or as an attacking winger.
There was little time for Sanchez in the Red Bulls senior side, which saw him transitioned to the II side, where he had more success. Sanchez made 22 appearances for NYRB II in 2015 and scored four goals.
It is still early in Sanchez’s career and he was used throughout the park for Red Bulls II which saw his goal return perhaps being lower than it could be. His adaptability was perhaps a disadvantage in New York, which saw his $50,000 salary as too much, but that adaptability seems to fit well with Darren Powell’s plans for San Antonio FC and could see him play more of a role here.