USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Monday, February 15, 2016
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC announced the signing of midfielder Miguel Salazar and defender Sam McBride on Monday, as the former Elon University standouts were reunited with former coach Darren Powell.
Salazar had a strong senior season for the Phoenix as he led the side to the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title, while also earning All-CAA First Team honors. An invitee to the 2016 MLS Combine, Salazar previously played for Real Salt Lake AZ Academy.
“Miguel is a very talented player who came up in an MLS academy,” said Powell. “I’m very familiar with him from his early days at Elon. He’s a talented midfielder who can get the ball off the back four, look for good passing positions and help build the play forward.”
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“I am very happy and excited to sign with San Antonio FC,” said Salazar. “I am very thankful to God, my family, my friends and my teammates for helping me get here. In addition, I am grateful to Darren and the San Antonio organization for this opportunity.”
McBride was named to the All-CAA Third Team this past fall, and also to the CAA All-Tournament Team. A powerful center back, Powell believes McBride will offer strong depth for San Antonio as he begins his first professional season.
“I’ve known Sam for a long time,” said Powell. “He is a good center back who is very good in the air. He is strong, honest, has good character, and will add important depth to our defensive ranks.”
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Last fall, McBride helped the Phoenix record nine shutouts in the regular season as he played every minute in his senior season.“I’m extremely honored and excited to start my career with SAFC,” said McBride. “San Antonio is a great soccer city with potential for future success in the game. I can’t wait to get started with the team, and I am looking forward to helping out in the local community and meeting the people who have and will continue to support our club. I hope we can have a successful first season and start something special.”