The squad at SAFC continues to take shape as two former MLS players were added to the roster on Thursday and Friday. Thursday saw the addition of FC Dallas’ Danny Garcia, while Orlando City goalkeeper Josh Ford joined the club on Friday.
At 22,Garcia still has most of his career ahead of him, and showed plenty of promise while at FC Dallas, and then on loan at Arizona. But the management at FC Dallas have seen fit to move Garcia on to San Antonio, which will be a significant gain for SAFC as Garcia has shown plenty of talent.
Garcia is another from the University of North Carolina to join the team, having had an impressive collegiate career with the Tar Heels. That meant that he caught the attention of SAFC head coach Darren Powell while the two were based in Carolina.
Last season Garcia was on $70,000 while at FC Dallas (the Major League Soccer CBA requires the league to publish all salaries). So it is difficult to imagine that Garcia would take much of a pay cut to join SAFC, showing the difference in spending power that has come to San Antonio, but he did not attract a transfer fee as FC Dallas released the midfielder in the offseason.
Garcia should expect to see game time in San Antonio, with his versatility being an asset for the expansion club, and not a hindrance. This is much needed for the young midfielder, who has struggled to see solid stints of game time in his club career thus far.
Josh Ford becomes the second keeper to join the team, signing for SAFC from Orlando City SC but spent 2015 on loan at Fort Lauderdale. Ford saw 16 appearances on loan with the Strikers, almost all of his professional appearances.
Since an impressive collegiate career, Ford landed at the Seattle Sounders, but failed to make a single appearance for the club. Prior to his loan at Fort Lauderdale, Ford had only managed to make four professional appearances.
Ford was on a $44,000 salary in MLS, which may see him favoured to start, but with little professional experience the door for Matt Cardone is not closed. The battle for the goalkeeper spot should be one of the most interesting stories in the build up to the first season.