San Antonio FC has continued to build a solid defensive line, as on Friday they announced that Stephen McCarthy had re-signed for the 2017 United Soccer League (USL) season. McCarthy was a rock in the San Antonio FC defense and is in contention for the San Antonio Soccer News Player of the Year award because of those performances.
Starting at the back for San Antonio FC, McCarthy managed 21 starts (19 USL, two cup) in 2016 managing over 1,600 minutes. McCarthy was rarely subbed out early, playing 80 minutes or more in 18 of his matches the season.
During the season McCarthy managed one team of the week appearance for the week of June 18th 2016. McCarthy scored in the match that week against Colorado Springs Switchbacks, providing the winner in a 2-1 win.
It was a disappointing end to McCarthy’s season as he suffered a season ending injury against Arizona United in mid-August. That disrupted the back line of San Antonio FC which struggled to avoid allowing goals without McCarthy.
San Antonio FC Head Coach Darren Powell reflected the disappointment of losing McCarthy when they did in a press release. “His season-ending injury last year was unfortunate since he was in good form, so we look forward to him being healthy for preseason.”
McCarthy, for his part was also pleased to be returning, after a long professional season that included a stint in Finland he seems settled back in his native Texas. “I’m excited to continue my career with San Antonio FC in my home state of Texas,” said McCarthy in a press release. “As a team, we are looking to improve on last year and work hard on bringing a championship to San Antonio.”