USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, February 4, 2016
SAN ANTONIO – The USL’s most recent addition revealed its official name, colors and crest on Thursday night, as San Antonio FC welcomed fans to a special event at the AT&T Center’s Rock & Brews.
“This is San Antonio’s club,” said San Antonio FC Managing Director, Tim Holt. “As an organization, we are tied to this city like no other, so it became vital for us to reflect that in our name and crest. Everything from the club name, the shape of the crest and the team colors were carefully chosen to best represent San Antonio and reflect our relationship with this amazing city. We feel that our identity pays tribute to San Antonio’s culture and history, while lighting a new path for soccer in our community. We look forward to representing San Antonio and Spurs Sports & Entertainment through the beautiful game, as San Antonio FC.”
San Antonio FC's brand was inspired by the connections between the city's identity, its unique heritage and the youthful spirit of the emerging soccer culture in the region and throughout the U.S.
“Our club now has its identity, and we can start representing the city of San Antonio with pride,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “San Antonio FC, just like Spurs Sports & Entertainment, will be a big part of this incredible city. As a team, we are prepared to represent the supporters and San Antonio in a professional and respectful manner both on and off the field. I look forward to April 9 when we can step foot on the Toyota Field pitch together for the first time.”
The club also introduced four new players as part of the event, with Rafa Castillo, Victor Araujo, Max Gunderson and Matt Cardone all set to join Darren Powell’s squad for the new season.
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Gunderson previously played for the Austin Aztex, for whom he was also a standout in the PDL prior to turning professional. Gunderson was an All-Southern Conference selection in 2013 as he helped the Aztex claim the league championship, and then turned professional with OKC Energy FC in 2014. This past season he made 27 appearances for Austin, recording almost 2,200 minutes of action.
A midfielder from Colombia, Castillo competed for the San Antonio Scorpions for the past two seasons after a lengthy career in his homeland. A former member of the Colombian National Team, Castillo recorded 17 goals in 46 games for the Scorpions, and helped them with the 2014 NASL Championship.
Cardone also spent this past season with the Scorpions, his first as a professional. The 22-year-old goalkeeper made four appearances for the club, including three starts, after playing collegiately for Division III Trinity University.Araujo, who was a teammate of Cardone’s at Trinity, joins the club after earning Division III All-America honors in in back-to-back seasons to conclude his college career. The midfield standout scored nine goals and added nine assists for the Tigers in his senior season.