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Jesús “Chuy” Enríquez inks new deal with Monterey Bay

By Staff, 01/18/24, 4:48PM EST


Veteran forward set for second season with club after making 14 appearances in 2023 campaign

Jesús “Chuy” Enríquez has signed a new contract with Monterey Bay F.C. after an injury-hit 2023 campaign with the aim of becoming a key contributor in the final third this campaign. | Photo courtesy Kiera Winslow / Monterey Bay F.C.

SEASIDE, Calif. – Monterey Bay F.C. announced on Thursday the club had re-signed Jesús “Chuy” Enríquez ahead of the 2024 USL Championship campaign. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.

The 26-year-old forward – who initially joined the Union in mid-March last year – officially remains with Monterey Bay and gives the club an experienced and creative option in the attack for 2024.

“I’m really excited to be back for 2024 and I’m so grateful for another opportunity to represent this club,” said Enríquez. “The way MBFC and the fans treated my wife and daughter throughout the season was something I had never experienced before in USL and that is really important to me. We came up a bit short last season, so we have some unfinished business to handle. We'll take it game by game and strive for more than just making the playoffs.”

From Redwood City, Calif., Enríquez joined the Club Tijuana youth academy in 2016. Two years later, he signed his first professional contract with Championship side Rio Grande Valley FC and recorded 10 goals and nine assists in 61 appearances over two seasons with the Toros.

Following brief stints with San Antonio FC and Reno 1868 FC, Enríquez joined Oakland Roots SC in 2021 and stayed for two seasons before joining Monterey Bay last year. While with the Crisp and Kelp in 2023, Enríquez played 564 minutes across 14 appearances (six starts) in all competitions during an ultimately injury-riddled campaign.

“We’re happy to have Chuy back with us this season,” said Monterey Bay F.C. Sporting Director and Head Coach Frank Yallop. “We felt last year – he came in a bit late to begin with – was a frustrating one for him with the injuries. He didn’t get a chance to show what he can do, so he has some unfinished business with us this year. Chuy has an attacking flair that can really help us, and he has good character in the locker room as well. We’re excited to have him back and look forward to him showing what he can do on the field.”

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