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San Antonio signs experienced defender Saad Abdul-Salaam

By Staff, 06/22/22, 2:00PM EDT


30-year-old has made more than 100 appearances in MLS, brings USL Championship experience

New San Antonio FC signing Saad Abdul-Salaam has made 112 regular season appearances in Major League Soccer during his career. | Photo courtesy San Antonio FC

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC announced on Wednesday it had signed defender Saad Abdul-Salaam for the 2022 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Abdul-Salaam brings more than 7,000 minutes of MLS experience to the team, appearing in 112 matches since 2015. The 30-year-old last played for the Columbus Crew in 2021, appearing in 18 matches. For his career, Abdul-Salaam boasts a goal and 11 assists in 72 starts with Sporting Kansas City, New York City FC, Seattle Sounders FC, FC Cincinnati and Columbus.

“We are pleased to welcome Saad to the team,” said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “He holds invaluable MLS and title-winning experience. On-field he is dominant in 1vs1 situations with astute game recognition. His skill set allows him to play anywhere along the backline in our game model and is an all-around fit for our team identity.”

In addition to his experience in MLS, Abdul-Salaam has also seen action in the Concacaf Champions League, where he made three appearances in two editions of the tournament for Kansas City and Columbus. Abdul-Salaam also helped Phoenix Rising FC reach the 2018 USL Championship Final on loan with Phoenix Rising FC, and has recorded two assists in 12 appearances in the league overall.

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