TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Thursday a new multiyear contract for goalkeeper Sean Lewis, keeping the player voted the club’s 2020 Most Valuable Player in black and gold after an outstanding campaign. The signing is pending league and federation approval, and specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, per club policy.
“It’s obvious to see the impact that Sean had for FC Tulsa last year,” said FC Tulsa Head Coach Michael Nsien. “With Sean at the keeper position, you know you will have a great opportunity for thre points in every match. We have secured a very important player for our club's future.”
Lewis, 28, led FC Tulsa to a USL Championship playoff spot, playing every minute of the season in net. His four clean sheets and 1.07 goals against average in 15 regular season matches were both career-bests in his five seasons as a pro. While finishing third in the USL Championship with 51 regular season saves in 2020, Lewis spearheaded Tulsa’s worst-to-first turnaround in save percentage. This season, FC Tulsa finished 1st in the league with a 78.5% save rate after finishing last in 2019 at 61.3%.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for me to stay involved with this team and where we’re going,” said Lewis. “It’s always great to have a steady performance that the club recognizes and wants to keep around. It says a lot about the club’s leadership, the ownership of the club, and what they’re doing to keep us around because consistency is key with players.”
The Rockford, Mich. Native’s new deal will see him enter his third season in Tulsa, since arriving prior to the start of the 2019 campaign and his fifth season overall in the USL Championship. Before going pro, Lewis played collegiately for Western Michigan University before transferring to Oakland University for his senior season.