Center back Mike Da Fonte has re-signed with OKC Energy FC after making 15 appearances for the club in the 2019 Championship season. | Photo courtesy Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC
OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC announced on Wednesday it had re-signed defender Mike da Fonte, pending league and federation approval. Da Fonte made 15 appearances for the Greens in 2019, scoring one goal and averaging an 87.5% tackle success rate in league play.
“Mike is a guy I had my eye on when I signed here,” said Energy FC Head Coach John Pascarella. “It was a bummer that he wasn’t here when I came on board because I thought he could do a job in this league. I checked in with a lot of people around the league, including my friend Paul Buckle, who coached him at Sacramento.
“Everybody talks about the fact that he’s a hard-worker and a grinder and he’ll do all those things, and we need more of that, especially when you’re fighting like we are. So, I think he’ll fit in perfectly.”
Da Fonte previously played for Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, the USL Championship’s Phoenix Rising FC, Sacramento Republic FC and New York Red Bulls II, and Portuguese clubs S.C. Espinho and Pedras Salgadas.