San Antonio FC has added their third local player for the 2017 as midfielder Maxi Rodriguez signed on for the season, the club announced on Wednesday. Another player signed after a successful trial, Rodriguez will add depth to midfield and improves the local area connection in the playing roster.
Rodriguez started preseason with the club hoping to land a contract to play, and did enough in the two matches he has played in so far. This contract with San Antonio FC marks Rodriguez’s first professional contract after a solid collegiate career.
In 2011 Rodriguez won his conference player of the year award from his varsity senior season at Warren High School. While in High School Rodriguez also played for Classics Elite and was the captain of their USSF Development Academy team.
He was likely previously noticed by San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell due to his presence in North Carolina for collegiate soccer. Rodriguez played for UNC Charlotte winning the Conference USA regular season crown in 2013 and earning third-team All-Conference. Rodriguez was a four year starter with the 49ers managing 60 appearances, scoring twice and providing three assists while also appearing in the NCAA tournament three years.
“I am super happy to join a club like San Antonio FC,” said Rodriguez, in a press release. “After spending four years out of San Antonio and Texas, I am excited to come back and represent this organization and my home city. I can’t wait to get ready for the season.”
“Maxi is another San Antonio boy joining the club,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell in the press release. “He has worked extremely hard and shown well in preseason, and he comes from a good college program in UNC Charlotte. We are looking forward to seeing how he progresses this season.”
After signing Rodriguez the San Antonio FC squad is now looking at a healthy 23 members, with at least one more signing, a third goalkeeper, still pending.