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San Antonio FC’s first captain and first starting goalkeeper Josh Ford seems to have announced his retirement from playing professional soccer via social media. The post came from his Instagram Tuesday (screenshot below).
Ford held contracts with MLS clubs Seattle Sounders FC and Orlando City SC, and made appearances on-loan with USL’s Orange County Blues FC and NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers before joining San Antonio FC in 2016.
On the field, Ford was everything a captain and goalkeeper was supposed to be. Vocal, knowledgeable, and rarely shaken, Ford did his best to help guide a team with several young players through their first professional matches. He played in 17 matches and boasted a goals against average of 0.89 in 2016.
When not between the pipes, Ford joined the SAFC Academy coaching staff to help shape the club’s future.
On a personal note: if we’re being honest, the story of Ford’s 2016 season isn’t complete without mentioning the matches he was unable to play in due to either suspension or injury. While everyone would have preferred to see him healthy and card-free, the events showed Ford’s colors. When forced out of the active roster, Ford stepped up to help develop backup Matt Cardone (according to the SA native himself) along with goalkeeper coach Juan LaMadrid. I sat next to Ford during a few matches he wasn’t able to participate in and there was no person in that stadium more locked-in to the game. I’d also almost venture to say there was no bigger supporter of Cardone in those games.
Josh Ford is someone who cares about San Antonio FC, from the players and staff to the supporters. In the club’s first year, Technical Director Tim Holt and Head Coach Darren Powell couldn’t have picked a better person to wear the armband. Wherever Ford’s path leads him, we wish him the best and thank him for what he helped start in San Antonio.