Reno 1868 FC's Sam Gleadle re-signed with the club for the 2019 USL Championship after appearing twice in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last year. | Photo courtesy Reno 1868 FC
RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC announced on Wednesday it had re-signed midfielder Sam Gleadle, pending league and federation approval. Gleadle returns to Reno after signing his first pro contract with the club in 2018.
“Sam is a really quick, wide player that’s versatile that can play underneath the forward, that can play wide, and that can play outside back,” said Reno Head Coach Ian Russell. “He’s definitely a good signing for us.”
Gleadle made two appearances for 1868 FC in the 2018 season, both in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Before signing with Reno 1868 FC, Gleadle spent time with USL League Two club Albuquerque Sol FC after graduating from the University of New Mexico, where he was four-year starter for the Lobos.
MEMPHIS BRINGS IN VETERAN SANDOVAL: Memphis 901 FC announced on Wednesday the arrival of veteran Honduran forward Junior Sandoval ahead of its inaugural USL Championship season.
Internationally, Sandoval has played for Colombian Primera A side Jaguares de Córdoba, where he made 14 appearances, scored one goal, and became only the third Honduran ever to play in the Colombian first division, as well as Honduran giant CD Marathón, where he made 13 appearances including a 2012 CONCACAF Champions League group stage match against MLS side Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.
“I’ve gotten to know Junior Sandoval very well over the last few months, and I am very happy to welcome him and his family to Memphis,” said 901 FC Sporting Director Andrew Bell. “He’s a very good footballer, and I look forward to seeing him work with our coaching staff as we get ready for the first match on March 9.”
Sandoval has also made multiple Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearances with Jacksonville Armada FC in 2016 and L.A. Wolves FC in 2017. Since signing his first professional contract in 2010, Sandoval has also played for the Puerto Rico Islanders, the Atlanta Silverbacks, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and Atlanta SC.
“Junior is a veteran presence who has been through the wars of professional soccer,” said Memphis Head Coach Tim Mulqueen. “He can play multiple attacking positions and is a goal-scorer and provider. Junior will be a very important piece of our team.”
ROWDIES BRING IN YOUNG GOALKEEPER: The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced they had added goalkeeper Macklin Robinson ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season.
The 24-year-old spent last season with New York Cosmos B. After playing college soccer at Ohio Dominican University and DePaul University, Robinson turned professional with North Carolina FC in 2016, and appeared briefly on loan in 2017 for the USL Championship’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in addition to making five appearances for NCFC.
“Mack is a promising young goalkeeper that we’re happy to sign,” said Rowdies Head Coach Neill Collins. “He’s got good size and can play the ball with his feet, which is important for how we want to play. More than at any other position in the team, it’s really important to have competition at the goalkeeper position. Mack will be a big part of that and we’re excited to work with him.”