San Antonio FC has signed midfielder Lance Laing for the 2019 USL season pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Laing originally joined San Antonio in August of 2018 on loan from FC Cincinnati and made a significant impact in his 10 appearances with SAFC. Laing started nine matches, played 778 minutes and recorded six assists, which ranked most among San Antonio players. The midfielder added five goals on the season for the Alamo City club, marking the second most behind teammate Ever Guzman in 2018. Laing tied a San Antonio FC record by recording a goal and an assist in five different matches during the course of the season, including in three straight matches from August 29-September 8.
Prior to joining San Antonio on loan, Laing appeared in six matches with FC Cincinnati in 2018, tallying 373 total minutes.
“We are pleased to have Lance sign with us,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “Lance came in towards the end of the season and made an immediate impact. He showed professionalism every single day and was a key contributor towards the end of last season. We are glad that he has chosen to play in San Antonio for 2019.”
Over seven seasons in the NASL from 2011-17, Laing amassed over 150 appearances with four different clubs, recording 27 goals and 20 assists and becoming the first player in the modern era of the NASL to be named to the NASL Best XI three times – 2011, 2014, 2015. The 30-year-old was an NASL championship finalist with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2011, and also led the Strikers to the playoffs in 2012. Laing also reached the postseason in 2017 with North Carolina FC before being eliminated in the Semifinals.
Prior to joining the Strikers in 2011, Laing started his career in his native Jamaica, spending time with Harbour View and Village United from 2007-11 and winning a first division championship in 2007 and 2010. The midfielder has made appearances with the U-17 and full Jamaican national teams, making nine appearances with the senior squad including in the 2015 Copa America and 2015 Gold Cup.
“I’m very happy to be back in the black and red kit for the 2019 season,” said Laing. “I would like to thank everyone who has made this move possible. In the end, it was an easy decision to stay in San Antonio and continue to work with the great people within this club. My family loves it here and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
San Antonio FC is currently preparing for the upcoming USL season, and fans can purchase 2019 season tickets by calling 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, as well as following the team on Twitter (@SanAntonioFC), Instagram (@sanantoniofc) and Snapchat (SanAntonioFC).