SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC announced on Wednesday the club had re-signed Brazilian midfielder Pecka for the upcoming 2019 USL season pending league and federation approval. Pecka is returning for his third season with the Alamo City club. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“The coaching staff is pleased to have Pecka join us again for the 2019 season,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “He has been instrumental playing central midfield for us over the last couple of years. We expect him to continue to get better and we are looking forward to starting preseason with him.”
Pecka will again help anchor San Antonio’s midfield after appearing in 22 USL matches (20 starts) with SAFC in 2018, tallying the third-most minutes by a San Antonio midfielder (1,793). The Brazilian ended the regular season with one goal, 47 tackles, 28 interceptions and an 86.3 percent passing accuracy over 924 passes.
Overall in his career with San Antonio FC, Pecka has appeared in 49 matches in all competitions while compiling 3,860 minutes of action. The 29-year-old’s 117 tackles in his two seasons with San Antonio is the most by any SAFC player since the USL began tracking the statistic prior to the start of the 2017 season. Pecka is also the only San Antonio FC player to record a passing accuracy of at least 86 percent in each of the last two USL seasons. He also recorded a passing accuracy of 90 percent or higher in 13 league matches since the start of 2017.
“I’m thrilled to stay in San Antonio,” said Pecka. “I feel that we have unfinished business and we have a lot of goals to reach together. I enjoy working with this club and everyone at San Antonio FC, and together along with our fans, I think we can have a really positive 2019 season and compete for a championship. I love this city and club, my heart is here and I’m ready to get back to work.”