San Antonio FC has signed defender Ryan Roushandel for the 2016 USL season, the club announced today. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Roushandel, who primarily plays as a center-back, most recently spent time with the Austin Aztex (USL) in 2015 where he made 13 appearances and five starts, playing in 456 minutes of USL action. The Atlanta native also spent time with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL, playing almost 2,000 minutes and scoring a goal in 2014.
“Ryan has worked hard in training with us, and we are glad to finally announce him joining our team,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “He shows good leadership skills and has a good personality in the locker room. We are looking forward to working with him this year.”
Aside from his time in the USL and NASL, Roushandel has also played in the first division of Costa Rica, making eight appearances for Brujas from 2009-10 in the Primera Division. The 30-year-old attended college and played soccer at Clemson University before transferring to the University of Central Florida.
“It’s a great honor to be a part of this organization,” said Roushandel. “There’s big things happening here and I am so happy to be a part of it. Hopefully I can bring my experience to the club, be a good teammate and help the guys get better each week. I am excited to continue my career, working under coach Powell and being a member of San Antonio FC.”
San Antonio FC will host in-state rivals RGV FC Toros on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Field. The match marks the first regular season meeting between the two clubs, who are both in their inaugural seasons. Tickets to the match can be purchased at SanAntonioFC.com or by calling 210-444-5MLS.