San Antonio FC has signed midfielder and Texas native Kris Tyrpak for the 2017 USL season pending USL and federation approval, the club announced today. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Tyrpak joins San Antonio FC from USL club Swope Park Rangers where he helped lead his team to the USL Cup in 2016 after securing the Western Conference Championship. Tyrpak scored seven goals and recorded one assist in 28 games (1,751 minutes) with Swope this season before adding three goals and an assist in 225 minutes over three playoff matches.
The 24-year-old previously spent time in the Alamo City with the now-defunct San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) in 2015. Tyrpak scored two goals in just six matches (516 minutes) with the Scorpions, including an impressive 30-yard volley at Toyota Field in October of 2015.
“We are pleased to add Kris to our attacking group of players for 2017,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “Kris is an established player with MLS and USL experience who demonstrates good work ethic and character. We expect him to come into our team and contribute straight away.”
Originally from Dripping Springs, Tyrpak was drafted by Chivas USA (MLS) in the third round (40th overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The forward went on to make nine appearances for Chivas, scoring one goal and recording an assist before being selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft following the folding of Chivas USA. Following his stint with San Jose, Tyrpak signed with the Austin Aztex (USL) where he scored nine goals in 27 appearances prior to joining the Scorpions at the end of the 2015 USL season.
“San Antonio FC is a great club with a great coaching staff that has a winning mentality and a desire to win championships,” said Tyrpak. “Toyota Field is also a great stadium that is always packed with great fans. It was an easy decision for me to join SAFC. I like the direction the club is headed and it only promises to get better. I am looking forward to being a part of that process.”
Tyrpak attended Houston Baptist University, playing four years of collegiate soccer for the Huskies from 2010-13. Following his senior season with HBU where he scored five goals and recorded seven assists, Tyrpak was named to the Western Athletic Conference First Team. Following his freshman season in 2010, he was named Athletic Soccer Conference Rookie of the Year.
During his time in college, Tyrpak played in his first stint with the Austin Aztex (PDL) where he scored 19 goals in 27 appearances from 2012-13.
San Antonio FC is currently prepping for its second season in the USL, which is scheduled to kick off in the spring. Fans interested in season tickets can contact the SAFC sales office at 210-444-5MLS or visit SanAntonioFC.com