San Antonio FC Adds Forward Jahir Barraza on Loan from FC Atlas
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC added forward Jahir Barraza on loan from FC Atlas of Liga MX for the 2019 USL Championship season pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Barraza, 28, has made over 70 appearances with Atlas since first joining the club in 2008 while also spending time on loan to multiple clubs within the first and second divisions of Mexico. Barraza most recently featured on loan for Acenso MX club Venados FC where he made 12 appearances in all competitions since the start of 2018.
"We had the opportunity to take Jahir on loan from Atlas," said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. "He is an accomplished striker who has played with some of the top teams in Mexico. He is an exciting player that will certainly be challenging for a starting spot from day one."
Barraza's most impressive season came in 2015-16 while on loan at Necaxa. The forward made 38 league appearances for the club, compiling 2,792 minutes and scoring 14 goals while leading Necaxa to a league title and promotion to Liga MX. Barraza also scored three goals in six Copa MX matches that season and scored the lone goal in the first-leg of the promotion final against FC Juarez.
Overall, Barraza has scored 50 goals in 208 appearances in all competitions with six different clubs since the start of 2008. Along with his 2015-16 championship with Necaxa, he finished runners up in the Copa MX competition with the club the same year, while coming in second once again in the tournament previously with Atlas in 2013-14. Barraza originally came up through the youth ranks of Dorados de Sinaloa in 2007 before joining Atlas.
"I'm thrilled to join this club," said Barraza. "I'm excited for this opportunity to play abroad, which is something I've always dreamed of. It's a challenge that I'll take on while being committed to giving my best every day to achieve our collective and personal goals."
In addition, Barraza has also represented his country at the U-23 level, making five appearances and scoring one goal.
San Antonio FC is currently preparing for the upcoming USL season, and fans can purchase 2019 season tickets by calling the SAFC sales office at 210-444-5657 or by visiting SanAntonioFC.com. Supporters can also follow the club by liking San Antonio FC on Facebook, as well as following the team on Twitter (@SanAntonioFC), Instagram (@sanantoniofc) and Snapchat (SanAntonioFC).
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