Midfielder Lance Rozeboom, goalkeeeper Bryan Sylvestre and defender János Löbe are all set to return to Miami FC's squad for the 2021 Championship season.
MIAMI – The Miami FC announced on Tuesday that midfielder Lance Rozeboom, goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre and defender János Löbe will return for the club’s second season in the USL Championship in 2021. The club also announced it had re-signed defender Othello Bah, and signed new defender Junior Palacios to a one-year contract.
Rozeboom captained Miami FC for the past two seasons and made 14 appearances during the 2020 campaign. The 31-year-old veteran has made more than 125 regular season appearances in the Championship, with his versatility allowing him to play as a holding midfielder or as a center back. Originally selected in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United, the Iowa native has previously competed for Ottawa Fury FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Austin Aztex and Rochester Rhinos.
Also returning is South Florida native Sylvestre, who joined Miami FC prior to the 2020 season from Forward Madison FC of USL League One. Born in Hollywood, Florida, Sylvestre played for Schultz Academy and Weston FC at the youth level before making the jump to the IMG Soccer Academy program in 2008. After a season at IMG, he caught the eyes of Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Academy Program before signing his first professional contract with the Whitecaps in March 2011 as the club joined Major League Soccer.
Sylvestre’s experience includes 12 starts for Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union in 2015, while also suiting up for the Whitecaps (2011-2012) and LA Galaxy (2018). In his 12 appearances for the Union, he recorded five shutouts. From 2015 to 2017, Sylvestre started more than 50 matches for North Carolina FC.
Löbe also returns for a second season after showing his versatility on the pitch during this past campaign. Signed in January 2020, Löbe began preseason deployed as left back, but quickly began to transition into roles in both the midfield and attacking portions of the pitch. His attacking and defensive qualities make Löbe a threat to any opposition. The 25-year-old featured in 15 of Miami’s 16 regular-season contests and notched one assist.
Although originally from Kierspe, Germany, Löbe moved to the United States in 2015, where he attended Fordham University. While at Fordham, Löbe had a brief stint for New York Red Bulls U23 in USL League Two in 2018. After being selected in the first round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls, Löbe made 24 appearances for New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship, including one playoff appearance.
Bah returns to Miami for his third season with the club, originally joining the South Florida side prior to the 2019 season. Originally from Liberia, made 11 appearances in the 2020 campaign, most regularly at left back. Bah joined the club from Chattanooga FC and was a member of the Miami side which won multiple titles in 2019 during their time in both the NPSL and NISA. Prior to playing professionally, the defender played collegiately for Tennessee Wesleyan University and Nova Southeastern University.
Palacios has signed with Miami, meanwhile, after spending most of the 2020 season as a trialist with the club. The Colombian native demonstrated his strong defensive abilities as a center back and will be hoping to make an impact in the club’s back line.