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SAFC defender Stephen McCarthy announces retirement

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San Antonio FC defender Stephen McCarthy has announced his retirement after an eight-year professional career, the club announced on November 1.

McCarthy spent three seasons with SAFC, starting 54 of 57 matches and posting three goals and one assist. He leaves the team with the second-most minutes played with 4,777 total.

“On behalf of San Antonio FC, we would like to thank Stephen for his excellent service to the club,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell in a statement. “Stephen would often go above and beyond to put the team first while excelling on and off the field for us. We are looking forward to watching Stephen as he transitions into his next career while helping any way we can. He is a part of our family and he will always be welcomed back to San Antonio FC in the future.”


McCarthy helped lead San Antonio to its best season in franchise history, recording a league-high 15 shutouts and a league-low 24 goals conceded, leading them to second place in the Western Conference in 2016.

“I am so thankful to have played this sport for as long as I have, and I am greatly looking forward to a new chapter in my life,” said McCarthy. “Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and people I have worked with along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in San Antonio and am very appreciative to have been able to play professional soccer in my home state.”

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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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