On Tuesday, San Antonio FC announced the signing of Cyprian Hedrick, the ex-OKC Energy FC defender. Upon approval by the USL and federation, he will join the club for the 2017 USL season. As dictated by the policies governing the club, the statement did not disclose the terms of the contract. For further details on the unfolding story, you can as click here for US soccer odds and follow the outcome in the next few weeks.
Last year in the USL regular season, Hedrick started and played in all the 30 games, except one, for 90 minutes. The constantly present Energy FC defender currently holds seventh place when it comes to the total minutes played in the USL with 2,610 minutes. Playing in the center back position, Hedrick helped OKC to be ranked third with the most clean sheets (13) in the USL. The club conceded only 27 goals to be ranked ninth and fourth in the USL and the Western Conference, respectively when it comes to the fewest goals allowed. Hedrick also played 179 minutes of the two playoff matches of USL Cup Playoffs season.
The 27-year-old joined Energy FC in 2014 and played for three years for the club. Out of the 86 matches played during regular season, the Cameroonian appeared in 78 over the course of three seasons in OKC. As such, his tally of minutes played reached 5,737 minutes to help the club attain a record of 33 shutouts.
Darren Powell, San Antonio FC Head Coach, expressed his excitement for the inclusion of Cyprian in their 2017 squad. He praised Hedrick, saying that he is a skillful player who he has watched closely while playing in OKC, Arizona, Sporting KC and Coastal Carolina. Powell added that the center back is a good defender plays with a tactical approach to the game and he will definitely bring massive experience to SAFC back line.
In 2012, Sporting Kansas City (MLS) first drafted Hedrick in the second round (30th overall) of the MLS SuperDraft. The defender then appeared as a reserve player for Kansas City before he succumbed to injury midway through the season.
The 27-year-old went to San Jacinto College in 2008 and then left for Coastal Carolina University where he stayed for three seasons playing collegiate soccer from 2009 to 2011. He joined the Chanticleers for his senior season and helped his team record seven shutouts. He was eventually named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year. In 2011, Hedrick became part of the All-South Atlantic Team and earned a place in the first team of the NSCAA Men’s Collegiate Scholar All-America in the same year.
Hedrick expressed his gratitude for the opportunity SAFC has given him, as he looks forward to progressing his career with the club. He added that his family is also delighted to be welcomed into the San Antonio community. He now anticipates developing his talent both on and off the field of play and winning titles for the club. With his ancestral roots in Cameroon, Hedrick’s family shifted to Texas when he was still young and grew up in Friendswood near Houston. Furthermore, he played PDL soccer in college with the Fresno Fuego, scoring six goals in 36 appearances in the course of three seasons.