San Antonio FC has secured a strong and experienced striker for their 2017 squad as they picked up Aly Alberto Hassan. Hassan was released from Carolina Railhawks after last season and found himself on trial at San Antonio FC and did enough to earn a place in the side.
2016 was a difficult year for Hassan being discarded by Carolina Railhawks (NASL) and spending time on loan at Charlotte Independence (USL). Despite that Hassan made the most of his time on loan with Charlotte scoring twice in just seven matches, scoring their only playoff goal.
“We’re excited to have Aly join us,” said San Antonio FC Head Coach Darren Powell, in a press release. “He’s a striker who we feel will score goals. His strength is in front of goal and he can convert chances. He impressed us throughout the preseason and has worked hard throughout his time here in San Antonio. We’re looking forward to working with him on a full-time basis over the course of 2017.”
The most notable club in Hassan’s career, and the one he will be remembered for is Fort Lauderdale Strikers where he played from 2012-15. At the Strikers he regularly harassed the San Antonio Scorpions, who he put his best performances against. While there he scored nine goals through 50 matches with the Strikers spending part of 2013 on loan with Club Aurora in Bolivia.
After the Strikers Hassan moved to Ottawa Fury where he played 12 matches and scored three goals for the Canadian club. Since leaving Fort Lauderdale Hassan has been bounced around the United States and he will be hoping that San Antonio is a place where he can remain a while.
San Antonio FC have focused much of their offseason purchasing on strikers which should close off the issues that they had last year in that position. Hassan adds to the improved depth in that position after San Antonio FC were ravaged by injuries in 2015 and improved depth can only be a good thing as they seek to make the playoffs in their second ever season.