New Memphis 901 FC signing John Berner made two appearances for Saint Louis FC during the 2020 Championship campaign. | Photo courtesy Jason Patrylo / Saint Louis FC
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC announced on Friday the club had signed goalkeeper John Berner ahead of the 2021 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.
Selected by the Colorado Rapids as the 35th pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Berner made five appearances for Colorado before joining the USL Championship’s Charlotte Independence on loan. With Charlotte, Berner made 38 appearances and kept 11 clean sheets over the 2015-2016 seasons.
“The club is thrilled to be adding a player of John’s experience and quality to the roster,” said 901 FC Sporting Director Tim Howard. “He’s a proven shot-stopper with both MLS and USL experience, and we are looking forward to having him with us this season.”
Berner brings seven years of professional experience to Memphis. Following his time at Charlotte, Berner spent seasons with fellow Championship clubs Phoenix Rising FC, OKC Energy FC and most recently Saint Louis FC.
Prior to his professional career, Berner played at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he made 34 appearances over four seasons, had 10 clean sheets and kept a save percentage of 75 percent. He was named back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the year in 2012 and 2013.