New Miami FC signing Connor Sparrow has seen regular action in the Championship over his career, having previously competed for Nashville SC and Real Monarchs SLC. | Photo courtesy Nashville SC
MIAMI – The Miami FC announced on Thursday it had signed goalkeeper Connor Sparrow, pending league and federation approval. Sparrow joins the club after spending the 2020 season with Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire FC.
“We believe the Goalkeeper position is one of the most vital positions on the pitch,” said Miami Technical Director and Head Coach Paul Dalglish. “It can have a huge impact on the style of football you are able to play. Connor is a top-level USL goalkeeper but more importantly he is the ideal player profile for us to play the Miami FC way.
“He is a very good shot stopper, comfortable playing behind a high defensive line and excellent with his feet which allows us to have an extra man in the build-up. Finally, when we spoke to Connor, he expressed a real desire to be a part of what we are building in Miami and showed the mentality we are looking for.”
Prior to joining the Fire, where he made one appearance in 2020, Sparrow was a member of Nashville SC in its final USL Championship season. At Nashville, the 26-year-old made nine league appearances and added two more starts in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Nashville finished second in the Eastern Conference, while reaching the Eastern Conference Semifinals for their first time in their short club history.
Originally selected by Real Salt Lake in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the St. Louis, Missouri native, spent three year in Utah between RSL and its USL Championship side Real Monarchs SLC. Sparrow made 31 Championship appearances in three seasons, while making one U.S. Open Cup start for RSL in 2018. His standout season came in 2017, when he made a career high 20 starts, leading Real Monarchs to the Championship’s Regular Season title.
Prior to going pro in 2016, Sparrow’s collegiate career was composed of one season (2012) and University of Missouri-Kansas City and three at Creighton University. During his time at Creighton, Sparrow also played two seasons with USL League Two’s IMG Academy Bradenton.