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San Antonio Adds Ward to Midfield Corps

By Staff, 06/08/18, 10:53AM EDT


Beckie set to bolster Energy FC defense; Angoitia links up with Toronto FC II

Photo courtesy Christian Inoferio / Rio Grande Valley FC

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC announced on Friday the club had signed former Houston Dynamo midfielder Charlie Ward for the 2018 USL season, pending league and federation approval.

“This opportunity means a lot,” said Ward. “I’m happy to be here and I’m excited. The staff has been great to me and I’m excited to get going and help this team get into the playoffs, and we’re hoping to win.”

Ward joins San Antonio FC after spending parts of the last three seasons with RGV FC and the Dynamo. The English native joined the Toros prior to the 2016 season and started in all 30 matches for the club, leading it to a second-place finish in the USL Western Conference and a place in the USL Cup Playoffs in its inaugural season.

Ward then appeared in 12 matches for the Toros in 2017 before signing with the Dynamo midway through the 2017 season. The 23-year-old made his MLS debut on July 22 against D.C. United, and made a pair of appearances for the Dynamo in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“We are pleased to add Charlie to our squad,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “He is a capable midfielder that passes the ball well. We look forward to working with him.”

BECKIE BOLSTERS ENERGY FC DEFENSE: OKC Energy FC announced on Thursday the club had signed defender Drew Beckie, pending league and federation approval. A former member of Jacksonville Armada FC, Beckie brings extensive experience to his new club.

“It’s a great thing to be able to add a player with Drew’s experience and ability at this point in the season,” said Energy FC Head Coach Steve Cooke. “Throughout his career, he’s been on very successful teams. He’s the type of player that is able to play multiple positions and add positives to the team he’s playing with. I have no doubt his ability and style of play will improve our club.”  

Beckie made 27 appearances for the Armada in the 2017 season as he recorded two assists and one goal. Prior to his stint with Jacksonville, he played with North Carolina FC and Ottawa Fury FC, and has made 86 professional appearances in his career. A native of Denver, Beckie was selected in the First Round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew SC and was a member of Canada’s squad for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in 2012.

ANGOITIA JOINS TFC II: Toronto FC II added experienced Spanish goalkeeper Borja Angoitia to their squad on Thursday, with the 26-year-old arriving having previously competed in the USL for Rio Grande Valley FC.

Angoitia made 14 appearances for the Toros a season ago and recorded two shutouts. Prior to turning pro, he competed for Quinnipiac University, where he appeared in 68 matches and recorded 23 shutouts. Angoitia then with Segunda División B team Sociedad Deportiva Amorebieta (SD Amorebieta) in 2016. He appeared in nine matches, registering one shutout before returning to the United States to join RGVFC.

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