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Austin Bold FC Announces Five Returning Players

December 20, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Austin Bold FC News Release

AUSTIN, TX - Austin Bold Football Club announced today continued roster moves ahead of the 2020 USL Championship season beginning in March. All signings are pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of individual contracts will not be released.

The Bold welcomes back an additional 5 members of the 2019 roster on top of the initial roster moves announced on December 13. Team assist leader Sean McFarlane returns for Bold's second season along with defender Amobi Okugo. Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo will be back to man the net after 10 clean sheets and 65 saves in 2019. In addition, Austin locals Kris Trypak and Sonny Guadarrama are back to represent their hometown at Bold Stadium.

The full list of players currently under contract for head coach Marcelo Serrano include:

Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo; Defenders Edson Braafheid, Amobi Okugo, Sean McFarlane, and Jermaine Taylor; Midfielders Xavier Baez, Sonny Guadarrama, and Valeri Saramutin; Forwards Roberto Avila, Andre Lima, Kleber Giacomazzi, and Kris Tyrpak.

General Manager Roberto Silva spoke on the importance of bringing continuity between the 2019 and 2020 rosters. "We're excited to welcome back even more crucial members of our 2019 squad for 2020. Bringing back most of your roster is increasingly rare in USL Championship and provides us the opportunity to build off our first-year success."

Austin Bold FC 2020 Roster as of Thursday, December 19:

GOALKEEPER (1): Deigo Restrepo

DEFENDERS (4): Edson Braafheid, Amobi Okugo, Sean McFarlane, Jermaine Taylor

MIDFIELDERS (3): Xavier Baez, Sonny Guadarrama, Valeri Saramutin

FORWARDS (4): Roberto Avila, Andre Lima, Kleber Giacomazzi, Kris Tyrpak

Players Released Under Mutual Agreement as of Thursday, December 19:

DEFENDER (1): London Woodberry

MIDFIELDER (1): Calum Mallace

On-Loan Players Returning to Parent Clubs:

GOALKEEPER (1): Juan David Ramirez

DEFENDERS (2): Gustavo Rissi, Josue Soto

FORWARDS (2): Francis Atuahene, Ema Twumasi

Austin Bold FC is in negotiations to bring back 2019 loaned players and other players not yet under contract for the 2020 USL Championship season.

As The Bold prepare for their second season, get ready for 2020 with an Austin Bold FC Season Ticket Memberships. Each Season Ticket Member receives a limited-edition autographed ball from World Cup champion Rose Lavelle, a 2020 Austin Bold FC scarf, and additional perks. Visit or call (512) 872-8700.

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