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1868 FC adds Curaçaoan national team left back

January 14, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Reno 1868 FC News Release

RENO, Nev. - Reno 1868 FC has signed Ayrton Statie to a 2020 USL contract, pending league and federation approval. Statie has appeared in 12 international matches with the Curaçaoan national team, tallying 921 minutes.

"Statie's a player that's represented his national team, I think if you watched the Gold cup you saw a very good national team in Curaçao," said head coach Ian Russell. "He's a left back that really likes to get forward, and is really strong in the tackle. He's a good one-on-one defender who works extremely hard off the ball."

The 25-year-old left back first appeared with his national team at 21 years old, and tallied 347 minutes of action in five games at the 2019 Gold Cup. Statie played 68 minutes in a 1-0 quarterfinal loss to the United States. In his 921 minutes of international action, Statie's spent 712 minutes at left back, 202 minutes at defensive midfield and seven minutes at left midfield.

With the signing, Reno 1868 FC's 2020 roster stands as follows:

Defenders: (4) Brent Richards, Thomas Janjigian, Yosimar Hernandez, Ayrton Statie

Midfielders: (5) Sam Gleadle, Mouhamed Dabo, Tucker Bone, Sergio Rivas, Kevin Partida

Forwards: (2) Corey Hertzog, Benjamin Kikanovic

Ayrton Statie

Position: Defender

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 161lbs

Born: July 22, 1994 (25)

Hometown: Kralendijk, Curaçao

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