Energy FC signed defender Max Gunderson to a contract for the 2018 season, Head Coach Steve Cooke announced today. The transaction is pending U.S. Soccer Federation and USL approval.
Gunderson got his start with the Energy FC organization in 2014. As a member of the inaugural team, he played in 14 matches, 618 minutes and added one assist. Each of the last two seasons, he played with Energy FC’s U23 squad. He joins Devante Dubose as the only players to move from the U23 team and sign a contract with the first team.
Following a four-year career at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, he played with PDL clubs in Laredo, Texas and Austin, Texas as well as USL sides Austin Aztex and San Antonio FC. He brings 48 games of professional experience as well as 58 games of experience in the PDL.
The addition of Gunderson brings the number of players signed for the 2018 season to 19. He joins goalkeepers Matt Van Oekel and Bryan Byars; defenders Kyle Hyland, Richard Dixon, Shawn McLaws, Coady Andrews and Christian Ibeagha; midfielders Juan Pablo Guzman, Jose Barril, Philip Rasmussen, Callum Ross, Joseph Adjei, Justin Chavez and Alex Dixon; forwards Miguel Gonzalez, Jose Angulo, Jaime Siaj and Jonathan Brown.
Kickoff for the soccer match is 7 p.m. at Taft Stadium. Tickets for the Energy FC home opener are on sale now by calling 235-KICK (5425) or visiting energyfc.com.