Energy FC signed defender Richard Dixon for the 2017 season, head coach Jimmy Nielsen announced today. The contract is pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
Born in Hanover, Jamaica, the 26-year-old Dixon has played the last three seasons in the USL. During the 2014 campaign, he played with the Charlotte Eagles and for the last two seasons, he’s played with Saint Louis FC. Last season with Saint Louis FC, he appeared in 26 games, logged 2,125 minutes played and added three assists. During the 2015 season, he was named to the Jamaican national team roster.
Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at West Florida University and earned Gulf South Conference Player of the Year in 2009 and 2012 and is the only player in school history to be named a four-time NSCAA All-South Region team member.
“A very athletic fullback with important experience with two teams in our league,” said Nielsen. “During the multiple games we played against Saint Louis FC last season, we had the opportunity to look at the skills of the individual players on their roster. I thought he had an excellent season with Saint Louis and was tough to play against in each game. Defensively, he is outstanding and has good timing moving forward. He has all the tools to be a successful player on our club in 2017.”
"Making the decision to come to OKC was an easy one for me because of the winning culture of the team, how well the organization is ran and how supportive the fans are,” said Dixon. “After speaking with Jimmy and the coaching staff at the end of this season about the club's goals and ambitions going forward and what my role would be to contribute to the team's success, it was a done deal as we are both heading into the same direction. I am beyond excited to start the season and help the club push for a championship in 2017.”
Richard Dixon joins forwards Miguel Gonzalez, Danni Konig; midfielders Luis Martinez, Daniel Gonzalez and Juan Pablo Guzman; defenders Sam Fink, Kyle Hyland and Coady Andrews and goaltenders Cody Laurendi, CJ Cochran and Jacob Lissek as players officially signed and released for the 2017 season.
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