Another hardworking midfielder has joined San Antonio FC as the club announced the signing of Michael Reed on Thursday afternoon. Reed comes to San Antonio from Atlanta where he played 29 matches for the Silverbacks in 2015.
That stint at the Silverbacks comes after spending three years in Minnesota, including winning the NASL Spring Championship. That saw Reed become familiar with playing at San Antonio, having spent four years as an opponent.
Minnesota was his first professional club, coming to the club from the University of New Mexico where he had a very successful senior season. Reed was named in the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team in his senior season.
After fighting his way in to the Minnesota starting lineup in 2013, he became a regular fixture in that line-up from then on. Despite that Atlanta were allowed to poach the player from the Loons and make him a key part of the Silverbacks squad.
The hard work of Reed means that his impact in a side often gets overlooked as a lot of his work is not tracked by statistics. It is runs off the ball that free up space for others in the danger areas, by drawing defenders to him, while covering well when the team is out of position, often making covering tackles to help his side out.
SAFC Head Coach, Darren Powell, praised Reed’s work rate in the press release announcing the signing “Michael has great endurance and an extremely high work rate in midfield, he will complement the midfielders on the squad really well, and we anticipate him having a good season for us.”
Reed scored one goal in 2015 but it was a phenomenal and memorable goal as he launched a rocket from the top of the box against Jacksonville. With the death of the Atlanta Silverbacks, SAFC were able to pick up Reed, keeping his career moving in the correct direction.