San Antonio FC has added another new player for 2017 as the club revealed on Friday that defender Ben Newnam would be joining the club for 2017. Newnam comes to San Antonio from Louisville City after four seasons in the United Soccer League (USL).
At Louisville City Newnam played 23 matches in 2016, starting all but two of them as Louisville had a stunning season, finishing second in the east. Newnam also managed some offensive work from the back as he managed a goal and three assists, the third most for a defender in the league.
After playing college soccer for Wake Forest in College, Newnam started his professional career in USL, playing with Charlotte Eagles. He spent two years at the Charlotte Eagles, 2013 and 2014 where he was a regular, playing 57 times for the Eagles and four goals.
Following two strong seasons at Charlotte, Newnam was snapped up by Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer (MLS). But Newnam only made one appearance for the Rapids and spent most of the year on loan at Charlotte Independence.
While at Charlotte Independence Newnam played 11 matches before Colorado Rapids transferred him out to Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Newnam finished his season at Pittsburgh where he played six times rounding out his time at the club.
Pittsburgh was Newnam’s last club before moving to Louisville where he had perhaps his strongest season to date. Newnam will likely play as a right winger for San Antonio FC where he can make strong runs in support of the attacking players for San Antonio.
“I am very excited to be signing with San Antonio FC,” said Newnam in a press release. “I look forward to meeting my teammates and fans, as well as getting involved in the community. I think very highly of Darren Powell and look forward to working with him and his staff. I can’t wait to get started on our journey to bring the USL Cup home to San Antonio next season.”
Newnam becomes the fourth new player to sign on to San Antonio FC and brings the confirmed squad total to 12.