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Diego Restrepo will return for a second season with San Antonio FC pending league and federation approval, the club announced Monday. As with all SAFC contracts, details of the agreement are not publicly released. In a release by the club, the 2017 USL Goalkeeper of the Year said he is “Very excited to be able to stay in San Antonio,” and that he is “looking forward to a great 2018, helping the team continue to grow the soccer culture in San Antonio, and also fighting to win trophies.”
The 29 year old Venezuelan native was without a club early in 2017, and came to San Antonio FC late in the preseason. In his words he was very close to choosing to end his playing career before coming to San Antonio. While SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell keeps every position an open competition, Restrepo joined a club with a well established keeper in Matt Cardone and a second-season backup in Lee Johnston. However when Cardone went down to injury, Restrepo gave a league-best performance for the rest of the year.
Restrepo is the first player announced for the 2018 San Antonio FC roster. If Powell’s previous teams are any indication, Restrepo will be the final option in a defense-first squad. To that point, the re-signing of 2017 USL Defender of the Year Sebastien Ibeagha is expected unless the central defender accepts an MLS offer. We’ll have more on roster moves in the coming weeks.
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