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.
The yet-to-be-named San Antonio USL team, owned by the Spurs Sports & Entertainment group, will formally be announced on Thursday as a USL expansion franchise by the league and will reveal the teams first head coach in club history. Reports coming from Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel say San Antonio's first head coach will be former Orlando City SC academy coach, Darren Powell.
Powell was the head coach of the Elon University Men's Soccer team for 9 years. During his tenure there he led the team to two Southern Conference championships and three conference tournament championships. His last three years also included consecutive trips to the NCAA Division I tournament, reaching the 2nd Round in 2013. He left Elon to join Orlando City SC in April of 2014 to help coach in their U.S. Soccer Development Academy. A few of his former Elon players who are in MLS include GK Clint Irwin of the Colorado Rapids and D Steven Kinney, who just recently had his option declined by the Chicago Fire.
Powell will definitely have his hands full in his first season with San Antonio. The USL season begins in just over 2 & 1/2 months and the club has yet to announce the name and crest, let alone any players. His work with youth in Orlando and young players in college will be an asset that San Antonio needs to leverage.
We would like to welcome Coach Powell to San Antonio! We're excited for this new era of soccer in the Alamo City to begin!
San Antonio FC & the USL
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