San Antonio FC has re-signed forward Cesar Elizondo for the 2018 season pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Elizondo returns for his second full season with San Antonio after originally joining the club in July of 2016.
“We are pleased to have Cesar return,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “His energy and commitment to the team are evident every time he takes the field. We look forward to his contributions in 2018.”
Elizondo and San Antonio FC recently concluded the 2017 season with a Western Conference playoff berth and second place finish in the standings. The Costa Rican scored four goals, which ranked third-most on the club, and recorded three assists in 21 regular season USL matches. In two playoff matches this year, Elizondo added another two goals in 191 total minutes. Overall in his SAFC career, Elizondo has scored eight goals and recorded five assists in 32 matches in all competitions.
“The 2018 season will be an exciting challenge,” said Elizondo. “We showed ourselves and San Antonio what we’re capable of doing last season, and I’m looking forward to building on it with SAFC in the city I love.”
The 28-year-old originally joined Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa where he made 28 appearances from 2008-13 before moving to the United States and joining the Carolina RailHawks (NASL) in 2013. Elizondo was traded to the now-defunct San Antonio Scorpions in the middle of the 2014 season. Overall, Elizondo scored 10 goals and recorded eight assists over 68 games in the NASL, including eight with the Scorpions while leading them to a championship in 2014. Elizondo returned to his native Costa Rica, joining first division side Pérez Zeledón during the 2015-16 season. The forward scored four goals in 18 appearances and 1,404 total minutes with Zeledon that year.
The Costa Rican international has also made 10 total appearances for his country’s national team, playing for the Ticos in Copa America matches, Copa Centroamericana matches and international friendlies. Elizondo also made four total appearances in CONCACAF Champions League play with Saprissa.
San Antonio FC recently finished their 2017 USL Season, however, fans can already purchase 2018 season tickets by calling the SAFC sales office at 210-444-5MLS or by visiting SanAntonioFC.com. Supporters can also follow the club by liking San Antonio FC on Facebook, as well as following the team on Twitter (@SanAntonioFC), Instagram (@sanantoniofc) and Snapchat (SanAntonioFC).