All indications are that San Antonio FC have signed Portugese youth international, Flávio Silva. Silva, 19, is a center-forward who signed with Benfica B, the Portuguese Primeira Liga side, S.L. Benfica's, reserve team, early last year. He spent most of 2015 with Sporting Covilhã in the Portuguese LigaPro, the 2nd division.
Before Benfica, he was with S.C.U. Torreense where he made 11 appearances and scored 8 goals. He made three appearances with Benfica B during the 2014-2015 season, but hasn't seen much play time since. He did play during the 2015 UEFA U-19 Championship qualification round, scoring a single goal in both a 6-1 win over Turkey and again against Georgia in a 3-2 win for Portugal. Portugal did not qualify for the final tournament.
He is a young striker who should be a good signing for SAFC in their inaugural season.
We'll keep you posted on any more player signing rumors as we hear of them.
San Antonio FC added two more young players to their roster with former Elon Univeristy standouts, Miguel Salazar and Sam McBride. Both played under SAFC head coach, Darren Powell, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Salazar attended the Real Salt Lake Academy and was a member of "Team X" in the 2016 MLS Player Combine in Ft. Lauderdale. McBride earned a place on the All-CAA third team and the CAA All-Tournament Team in 2015, his senior year at Elon.
Coach Powell is obviously very familiar with both players and vice versa. Making the transition to the pro game should be smooth for McBride and Salazar since they have a history with Powell. The team is currently at 11 players announced. The teams first announced pre-season friendly is in 12 days when they face NASL side, Rayo OKC in Dallas.
Good-bye, "USL San Antonio"
For the better part of two months, the Spurs, Sports and Entertainment USL franchise was generically named "USL San Antonio". The city and the fans waited patiently...sort of...for the name of their new team. On a chilly Thursday night, the future of soccer in San Antonio was finally unveiled.
Hello, San Antonio FC!
San Antonio FC it is! The name is in traditional form that is instantly recognizable. Most clubs around the world have the town or city name followed by "United" or "FC" in the name. It's very popular in Europe especially. The logo is pretty great, though it does include the spur from the NBA's Spurs logo on the right side of the badge. The spur directly relates the club to the parent organization, the San Antonio Spurs. The five stripes stand for the five branches of the U.S. military, which is fitting since we live in Military City U.S.A.; they also remind us that SAFC is the fifth franchise under the SS&E umbrella. The thin line surrounding the badge is in the shape of an "S" - "a subtle nod to our hometown heritage and how it unites us".
In addition to the brand reveal, four new team players were announced. Of the four, two were former San Antonio Scorpions players. Goal keeper, Matt Cardone, and midfielder, Rafael Castillo will be staying put in the Alamo City. Castillo had been with the Scorpions since 2014 and famously scored a bicycle kick to lead the way for the 2014 NASL title win; the first in the city's history. Cardone is a local product from Trinity University who got some playing time in the middle of last years NASL season before Daniel Fernandes came on board. He, along with fellow alum Victor Araujo and UIW product Max Gunderson are local talent that head coach Powell has stated he wants to target for SAFC. The club now has six players on the roster, three have local ties while two are known to fans after playing with the Scorpions.
The USL season starts on the road for the Alamo City boys as they face Seattle Sounders 2 in Seattle on April 3. San Antonio plays their first home game the following week at Toyota Field on April 9th when they take on Swope Park Rangers.
First pre-season test announced
While not announced by San Antonio, it was announced by the newest NASL expansion team, RayoOKC, that the two clubs would meet for a pre-season friendly in Dallas on February 27th.
As of now, this will be the first test for San Antonio as they prepare for their inaugural season playing in the USL. We are expecting more player announcements and the official team name later this week!
San Antonio FC & the USL
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