Two Elon graduates have been reunited with their collegiate coach as Miguel Salazar and Sam McBride joined SAFC on Monday afternoon. Both players were at Elon while SAFC head coach Darren Powell was the head coach there, playing under him for two years in 2012 and 2013.
Both players come to San Antonio straight out of college, after both completed their senior season for the Phoenix. Salazar, from midfield, won Colonial Athletic Association first-team all-conference honors, for the second straight year and an invite to the MLS Combine.
That allowed Salazar to impress MLS coaches, after being part of the Real Salt Lake Academy, but he was not picked up by the MLS clubs. That allowed non-MLS teams who were there to make a run at the player, which left SAFC able to pick him up and reunite with Powell.
Salazar captained the Phoenix for his last two seasons, managing 80 career matches, starting through his whole collegiate career. Salazar played as a defensive midfielder and could provide a useful link from defense to midfield in that position.
Also coming from Elon is defender Sam McBride, who also completed his Senior season in 2015, earning North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State second-team honors. McBride was an iron man for Elon, playing every minute in the 2015 season.
There were also more honors for McBride, as he was named to the all-conference third team and to the conference All-Tournament team. Both players come to the team fresh from a title, winning the regular season title with the Phoenix.
McBride played as a central defender while at Elon, playing 78 matches in his collegiate career with the Phoenix. While marshalling the center of defense, McBride helped the team to 18 clean sheets over the last two seasons and is able to clear well with impressive defensive headers.