San Antonio FC has made three transactions on Wednesday as they look to build their squad ahead of the 2017 season. On Wednesday the club announced the re-signing of defender Ryan Roushandel and goalkeeper Lee Johnston while also revealing that they signed defender Kevyn McFarlane.
Roushandel appeared in three matches for San Antonio FC in 2016, starting all three of them and playing 262 minutes. Those starts came toward the end of the season, and while not a starter during the season, he put in a good shift through those matches and it is those three appearances that could well have earned him a spot in the 2017 squad.
“I am so happy to continue to be a part of San Antonio FC,” said Roushandel, in a press release. “The club has become more of my home, especially after being a part of the first team and the academy last season. I am excited to see where we go from here after having a full year under our belts, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Lee Johnston may well be moving up the pecking order, despite not making a competitive appearance for San Antonio FC in 2016. Johnston was the third choice goalkeeper for San Antonio FC in 2016 and after Josh Ford suffered what turned out to be a career ending injury, Johnston became the reserve goalkeeper but was never called upon.
“We are pleased to have Lee back in San Antonio to continue with his development,” said San Antonio FC head coach Powell, in a press release. “Last year, he was a player that came in with little professional experience, but every day in training he improved and by the end of the year he was playing quite well. We look forward to helping him continue to develop into a good goalkeeper this season.”
The two returns bolster San Antonio’s back line with and in McFarlane they have added depth by adding Jamaican McFarlane. The youngster joins from Rochester Rhinos, but was rarely used there, playing just 14 minutes.
Powell reports that McFarlane spent time on trial with San Antonio FC in the season break over summer, and obviously he has impressed enough. Prior to joining Rochester McFarlane played college soccer at Eastern Florida State College and Darton State College. Powell reports that McFarlane can play in both midfield and defense and so will be useful off the bench.
“I am very excited to join San Antonio FC,” said McFarlane, in a press release. “I have worked hard to reach this level and I am looking forward to working to achieve great things with SAFC. This is a great club and I can’t wait to come in and show what I have to offer.”