San Antonio FC’s squad is getting closer to completion as the club announced the signing of Juan Nino on Thursday afternoon. Nino joins San Antonio FC after having been on trial with the club through pre-season. The signing for San Antonio FC marks his return to Texas after leaving the state in 2013.
For the last two years Nino has been in Colombia, the country of his birth, where he played for Barranquilla and Atletico Huila. Last season was with Barranquilla where he managed 10 appearances for a total of 570 minutes, coming off the bench. In the year before that Nino was with Atlerico Huila playing 29 times over the season and a half with the club for 1889 minutes. Those two seasons were evidently not enough for Nino to impress, and coming off contract he accepted the invitation of a trial at San Antonio FC and obviously impressed.
Joining San Antonio FC marks the second time that Nino has played in the United Soccer League (USL) having previously played for Charlotte Eagles. In 2013 he was part of the Eagles side that made the USL championship game, losing a wild match 7-4.
Prior to joining Charlotte, Nino had a collegiate career at Liberty University from 2008-11 while playing with Houston Dynamo Academy from when he was young. After a break from soccer of two years he went to Charlotte which kick-started a professional career which eventually took him back to Colombia where he played in the Categoria A.
His first statement to the media is one that is sure to impress fans as he said in a statement “First and foremost, I have been very impressed with the organization and the way that its run from the coaching staff, to the players to the front office. It’s been really impressive and I am just happy to be a part of it. Hopefully we can take the team to the playoffs this season and win a championship.”
Meanwhile his new coach, Darren Powell was impressed with Nino in the trial, saying “Juan came into preseason camp and impressed the coaching staff, he brings a positive attitude every day and shows good character. He played well in the preseason game and showed good quality on the ball. We’re really excited to have him on the team.”