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Diego Restrepo named 2017 USL Goalkeeper of the Year

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San Antonio FC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has been named the 2017 USL Goalkeeper of the Year, the league announced on Monday afternoon.

Restrepo recorded 12 clean sheets during the 2017 season, the most in the league by a goalkeeper. The 29-year-old was one of the anchors behind a league-best defense for SAFC, which saw them collect 15 shutouts in total over the course of the season.

“As a club, we are really pleased that Diego has been recognized as the Goalkeeper of the Year,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell in a team press release. “He was the last line of our team defense in which all the players contributed to this year. Diego brought 100 percent effort in training & his game performances showed that in how he earned this award.”


The honor adds on to an impressive resume for Restrepo, who was just a week away from retiring before getting the call from SAFC. Restrepo also was honored a few weeks ago with the 2017 USL All-League First Team selection. 

“I’m extremely humbled by this award, and I’m thankful to everyone who helped make this a reality,” Restrepo said via a team press release. “I want to thank my coaches, teammates, and the front office for always pushing me to be better. This award is the result of the hard work done by everyone at SAFC. I also want to thank the fans for always being there for us and having our back.”

Restrepo ended the 2017 season with a 76.7 save success rate and a 0.80 goals against average.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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