Brad Stuver will get a new soccer life with Austin FC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
New Yorkers have a history of moving down to Florida.
Former members of the New York City FC organization have a new destination – Texas, Austin, Texas.
Former NYCFC goalkeeper Brad Stuver became the third member of the club to join the 2021 Major League Soccer expansion team. Stuver signed with Austin FC Monday.
Ex-NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna holds the same position in Austin, which acquired standout midfielder Alex Ring in a trade from City last week.
The 29-year-old Stuver has spent seven seasons in MLS, though hasn’t landed a starting role. Most recently he spent three seasons with NYCFC, making seven MLS appearances behind Sean Johnson. He spent his first four years in MLS with Columbus Crew SC after starring at Cleveland State University.
“Brad fits the profile that we are looking for in a goalkeeper. He has a good presence on and off the field. He is technically solid with his feet and hands and has good command of the penalty box,” Reyna said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for Brad to compete for the number one spot, and we look forward to integrating him with the rest of the squad.”
Stuver joined Andrew Tarbell and Brady Scott as the club’s goalkeepers. Tarbell was signed last week while Scott acquired in the expansion draft after half a season with Nashville SC.