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Energy FC Bolsters Defense with Re-Signing of Mike da Fonte

September 2, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - OKC Energy FC News Release

OKLAHOMA CITY - Energy FC has re-signed defender Mike da Fonte, pending league and federation approval, Head Coach John Pascarella announced today. Da Fonte made 15 appearances for the Greens in 2019, scoring one goal and averaging an 87.5% tackle success rate in league play.

"Mike is a guy I had my eye on when I signed here," said Pascarella. "It was a bummer that he wasn't here when I came on board because I thought he could do a job in this league. I checked in with a lot of people around the league, including my friend Paul Buckle, who coached him at Sacramento. Everybody talks about the fact that he's a hard-worker and a grinder and he'll do all those things, and we need more of that, especially when you're fighting like we are. So, I think he'll fit in perfectly."

Da Fonte, 29, previously played for MLS's Colorado Rapids, USL Championship's Phoenix Rising FC, Sacramento Republic FC and New York Red Bulls II, and Portuguese clubs S.C. Espinho and Pedras Salgadas.

Da Fonte will wear the number 44 shirt.

Energy FC begins a three-game road trip this Saturday, September 5 at Colorado Springs FC at 7 p.m. The last home match of the season is Sunday, September 27 at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

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