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AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Bold FC announced today the signing of defender and Texas native London Woodberry for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval. Woodberry was recently released by Nashville SC and arrives in Austin with four seasons of Major League Soccer and two seasons of United Soccer League experience.
“London’s MLS and USL experience will help our team to be successful and we are happy to bring another Texas-born player back to play here with us in Austin,” said Austin Bold FC head coach Marcelo Serrano. “He is a skillful defender and Austin Bold FC will provide him with an excellent opportunity to showcase his skills and hopefully get back to MLS where he belongs.”
The 27-year-old appeared in 19 matches for Nashville during the 2018 season, helping the club advance to the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and an appearance in the USL playoffs. Prior to playing in Nashville, the center-back spent three seasons with the New England Revolution, netting one goal in 46 matches and helping the club to a runner-up result in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.
The McKinney, Texas native played for the FC Dallas U-18 Development Academy during his youth career and signed a Homegrown contract with the senior team in 2013. Woodberry appeared in eight matches with Dallas during the 2013-14 seasons before moving to USL Pro club Arizona United in 2014. He appeared in 24 matches and scored three goals with Arizona.
“I am very excited to be joining ABFC in 2019,” said Woodberry. “I’m grateful to have another chance to play in my home state and more importantly a chance to create a winning mentality in a new club.”
Woodberry played collegiately at the University of Maryland, where he was third-team All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) following his senior campaign. He was a two-time All-ACC honoree for the Terrapins and was named to the 2012 ACC Championship All-Tournament team. Before his senior season, Woodberry played with the Baltimore Bohemians of USL Player Development League.
A McKinney High School alum, Woodberry was named a 2008 NSCAA All-American and Mr. McKinney Soccer following his senior season with the Lions.
He appeared in three matches and scored once for the United States U-18 National Team, winning a gold medal at the 2009 Australian International Olympic Festival.
With the addition of Woodberry, Austin Bold FC has announced a total of 14 players (Faris Abdi, Xavier Báez, Edson Braafheid, Darío Conca, Thomas de Villardi, Kléber Gladiator, Sonny Guadarrama, Promise Isaac, Sean McFarlane, Marcelo Saragosa, Valeri Saramutin, Ryan Thompson, Kris Tyrpak) for the 2019 inaugural season. The club will announce additional player signings in the coming weeks.
On Oct. 24, the club broke ground on Bold Stadium, a 5,036-seat soccer-specific stadium to be located adjacent to the Grand Plaza at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), the premier destination for entertainment and motorsports in the United States. The stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium built in Central Texas and has been engineered to provide an outstanding experience for both fans and players ahead of the Bold’s inaugural Spring 2019 season.
Austin Bold FC is preparing for its inaugural USL Championship season in 2019. Preseason will commence in February, with the regular season kicking off in March. Fans can purchase 2019 season tickets by calling the Austin Bold FC sales office at 512-655-6300 or by visiting AustinBoldFC.com. For more information about the Bold, supporters can follow the club on Twitter (@AustinBoldFC) and Instagram (@AustinBoldFC) and like Austin Bold FC on Facebook.