Energy FC announced today that the club has signed Edmond native Shawn McLaws for the 2018 season, pending league and federation approval.
McLaws has played the last two seasons for the Harrisburg City Islanders (now known as Penn FC). During that time, he appeared in 57 matches, logged 5,043 minutes and added two assists. During the 2017 season, he led his team in passes attempted with 1,206.
“I'm really happy to be back playing in my hometown,” said McLaws. “The opportunity to play in front of family and friends again is something special. I grew up in this soccer community and I cannot wait to be a part of it again!”
Drafted by New York Red Bulls in the third round (59th overall) in the 2015 MLS Superdraft, McLaws played his first match with Red Bulls in early 2015 during a preseason friendly against Energy FC. During the 2015 season, he was part of the 18 for Red Bulls 34 regular season and four playoff matches and played 21 matches with Red Bulls II.
Prior to turning pro, McLaws played four seasons at Costal Carolina University where he was a member of three teams that won a regular season title and two conference tournament title teams. He also has two seasons of experience in the PDL with the Ocean City Nor’easters. A graduate of Deer Creek High School, McLaws is a product of the competitive club soccer system in Oklahoma with Oklahoma Football Club (OFC) that is now known as Oklahoma Energy FC.
“We will take a strong look any time we have the opportunity to sign a player with Oklahoma ties,” said Energy FC President Jeff Ewing. “McLaws is one of those players. His local ties give both of us the opportunity to continue to enrich the soccer community in the state of Oklahoma.”
The addition of McLaws brings the number of players signed by Energy FC for the 2018 season to 10. He joins forwards Miguel Gonzalez and Jonathan Brown; midfielders Juan Pablo Guzman, Jose Barril, Philip Rasmussen and Alex Dixon as well as defenders Kyle Hyland, Richard Dixon and Coady Andrews.
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