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Rowdies Bring USL Cup-Winner Morad Aboard

By Staff, 08/08/18, 12:01PM EDT


Former Louisville defender aims to help bolster Tampa Bay’s defensive corps

Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Wednesday the club had signed experienced defender Tarek Morad. The 25-year-old will be available for selection in the club’s game on Wednesday night against the Charleston Battery (7:30 p.m. ET | Match Center | ESPNews).

“We’re always happy to improve our squad and when a player of Tarek’s ability is available, it’s a great addition,” said Head Coach Neill Collins said. “He’s a player that has played a lot of games in this league at a really high level and we’re excited to have him in our team.”

Morad has made 94 appearances overall in the USL, having recorded six goals and two assists over that span. A native of California, Morad began his career with OKC Energy FC in the 2014 season and spent the past three seasons with Louisville City FC, where he helped the side claim the 2017 USL Cup.

Morad made 32 appearances in all competitions for Louisville in the 2017 season as he helped the side finish top of the Eastern Conference standings prior to its USL Cup victory. He scored a pair of goals in the club’s 4-0 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the USL Cup Playoffs and was Louisville’s all-time appearances leader with 88 following the conclusion of the 2017 season.

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