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Spurs Sports and Entertainment announced Wednesday afternoon the signing of veteran defender Stephen McCarthy to their new United Soccer League club. McCarthy, a native Texan, will join 25 year old midfielder Carlos Alvarez as the only players with deals inked for the club, which will begin league play in early April.
McCarthy comes most recently from Finnish first division club KuPS, but played for New England Revolution in MLS from 2011-2014. He earned three caps with the USMNT’s U-18 squad in the 2007 Pan-American Games. On McCarthy, San Antonio Coach Darren Powell said in a press release, “Stephen is a tall center-back who I have worked with previously. In addition to being a great defender, his leadership skills will be great for our new club.”
At 27 years of age, the signing of McCarthy could mean that my assumptions of this being a very young team are wrong. Coach Powell’s assertion that his leadership skills will be of great value could mean he’s the exception to the rule, but with a coach and director who have focused on development in the past I expected SA to sign mostly young players. Time will tell if this prediction comes to fruition.
While no pre-season matches have been announced by the San Antonio club, NASL club Rayo OKC has USL San Antonio on their pre-season friendly list for February 27th in Dallas. It stands to reason that San Antonio won’t host any pre-season friendlies at Toyota Field until the remnants of the Scorpions FC branding have been replaced, which could take some time. More info on the USL San Antonio regular season schedule can be viewed here.
Barring another player-signing announcement, the next big news to come from SS&E will likely be their brand identity announcement. The event is scheduled for 7pm Thursday, February 4th at AT&T Center’s new Rock and Brews restaurant and bar and is open to the public.