San Antonio FC added two trialists to their full time squad as they announced the signings of goalkeeper Lee Johnston and Austin Dunker on Friday afternoon. Dunker’s signing had been expected for several weeks after his name was mentioned in a USL article, while Johnston appeared in goal during the second half of Wednesday’s Alamo Derby.
Dunker is a familiar face to SAFC coach, Darren Powell, having played under him at Elon University before playing PDL last season for Seattle Sounders’ Under 23s. That was the first time Dunker played his club soccer outside of North Carolina, having spent time at Carolina Dynamo while at Elon.
At Elon, Dunker had a solid collegiate career, playing under Powell from 2011-2014 and being placed right in to an important role. In his freshman year Dunker won Southern Conference All-Freshman honors before earning All-Conference Second Team honors in 2013.
Dunker will add some versatility to the left hand side, with it clear that Powell will like to play with wingers. While restricted to the left, Dunker is able to play both defense and midfield to add some versatility and could be a useful option off the bench for SAFC.
Johnston played over 15 minutes on Wednesday in SAFC’s match against Corinthians FC SA, coming on for Matt Cardone. While likely to be just the third choice keeper on the team his youth provides well for the future of the team, and in Wednesday’s match he did well with what chance he had.
Like Dunker, SAFC represents Johnston’s first professional club, after he played his collegiate soccer at the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Johnston started at Pittsburgh, before transferring after his Freshman year to West Virginia.