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San Antonio FC announced Thursday afternoon that midfielder Danny Garcia will be joining the silver and black for 2016.
Garcia played last season on loan at FC Dallas’ affiliate club at the time, Arizona United, making 15 appearances. While on his homegrown contract with FC Dallas, the 22 year old only made 4 appearances for the FC Dallas first team, but racked up 1,300 minutes for the reserve team. The Dallas native brings some international experience with him as well, having scored 3 goals in 17 appearances for the USMNT’s U-20 side.
Garcia will join fellow midfielders Rafa Castillo, Carlos Alvarez, and Victor Araujo as Coach Powell and Director Tim Holt continue to build the roster for the season opener in Seattle on April 3rd. With regards to Garcia, Powell is quoted in a press release as saying, “I’m looking forward to Danny getting a good run of games with us. He has had some great experiences with FC Dallas previously and he will help us on both the attacking and defensive sides of the ball.”
Garcia is the embodiment of why the MLS-USL affiliations are in place. He’s a player that FC Dallas saw potential in, signed without any competition from other clubs because of the homegrown player rules, and sent to get experience with their USL affiliate. Garcia is a player who hasn’t made a resounding statement in his professional club career, but is young enough to still have potential greatness under the right development.
While Garcia is a good signing for the club, SAFC still hasn’t announced a deal with a strong attacking threat. The announcement of four defenders, a goalkeeper, and four midfielders is a great start and exciting for fans to read about, but the lack of an obvious goal-scorer is becoming glaring. Its entirely possible that SAFC has a full roster signed and is just trickling out the announcements, but I have my doubts about that as we live in the age of social media.