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After announcing deals with five midfielders, five defensemen, and two keepers, SAFC announced Tuesday the signing of their first striker Jason Johnson.
Johnson, a Jamaican national team player, comes most recently from MLS where he made 20 appearances and scored 3 goals in 2015 for Chicago Fire. Before playing with Chicago in 2015, the 25 year old was under contract with Houston from 2013-2015. He was on loan with USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2014.
With MLS and USL experience under his belt, Johnson may be looked at to contribute early on for the brand new franchise. SAFC Coach Darren Powell has high hopes for the striker, saying in a press release, “He’s an exciting striker who is very quick. We are looking forward to working with him and helping make him a top player in the USL.”
Johnson is exactly the kind of player SAFC seems to prefer this season. He has MLS experience, but is still in the prime of his career and will be able to contribute and hopefully develop even further. He seems enthusiastic about coming to San Antonio, saying in a release, “I have noticed it is very important to be a part of a place that you feel welcome and are willing to give your all in, and I feel that way about this organization.”
Chicago Fire had one of their worst years in club history last season, but given a fresh start, lower level competition, and the opportunity for plenty of minutes on the field, Johnson could develop into a player who stars in USL and makes his way back onto an MLS side. The obvious hope of SAFC fans is that their team will be an MLS club in a few short years.
Johnson, along with the other twelve announced signings, will have a chance to make their case for the starting XI when pre-season training starts on Friday. Pre-season matches will likely be behind closed doors, followed by the team’s season opener in Seattle on April 3rd.