San Antonio FC has re-signed defender Connor Maloney for the 2021 USL Championship season pending league and federation approval, the team announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“As a staff, we are thrilled to have Connor back for the upcoming season,” said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “Connor serves as a great example of a high performing player with a high moral character. Connor distinguished himself among the best full-backs in the league and served as one of our team leaders who played a significant part in shaping our team identity.”
Maloney was a mainstay in the SAFC lineup last season, starting 15 of the club’s 16 matches in 2020, compiling 1,350 minutes played and a team-high 45 tackles. The 25-year-old helped lead an SAFC defense that conceded the fourth-fewest goals in the league to a first place finish in Group D and a playoff berth. Along with his 45 tackles, Maloney also added a team-high 35 interceptions along with 26 clearances, seven blocks and 68 duels won. Maloney also added 11 key passes, two assists and an 80.9 percent passing accuracy.
The defender originally joined SAFC from Columbus Crew SC (MLS) where he played from 2017-19. Originally drafted in the third round (49th overall) by the Crew in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Maloney made 15 first-team appearances in all competitions with Columbus. In addition, Maloney also spent time on loan with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USLC) in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Following his 2018 season in Columbus, Maloney was named the winner of the club’s Kirk Urso Heart Award, which is awarded to the Crew player that best exemplifies the qualities in a teammate and becomes 'the heart' in the club's locker room. The award is named after the late Urso who played as a midfielder for the Crew in 2012.
“I’m super excited to be back in San Antonio to finish what we started last year,” said Maloney. “I want to thank the SAFC organization for giving me another amazing opportunity to represent this club.”
Maloney attended Penn State University from 2013-16 where he played four seasons of collegiate soccer. The Pennsylvania native scored 27 goals and recorded 17 assists in 75 appearances with the Nittany Lions, while being named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. He was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team in all three seasons from 2014-16. Maloney also spent a brief time with Reading United in USL League Two while in college.
San Antonio FC is currently preparing for the upcoming USL Championship season, and fans can purchase 2021 season tickets by calling or texting the SAFC sales office at 210-444-5657 or by visiting SanAntonioFC.com. Supporters can also follow the club by liking San Antonio FC on Facebook (@SAFCUSL), as well as following the team on Twitter (@SanAntonioFC) and Instagram (@sanantoniofc).