San Antonio FC has transferred defender Sebastien Ibeagha to MLS club New York City FC, the club announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Ibeagha is the reigning USL Defender of the Year after helping lead SAFC to a league0best 15 clean sheets in 2017. San Antonio had the best defense in the USL last season, leading them to a second place finish the Western Conference and a second-round playoff matchup with OKC Energy FC.
“We’re very thankful to have had Sebastien with us last year and we wish him the best of luck as he steps up to the next level in MLS with New York City FC,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell via a team press release. “The NYCFC technical staff has kept us informed and has been very helpful throughout this process, and I think what this creates within our affiliation is a bit of synergy between the two teams. It creates a pathway that we’ve talked about before through our academy, through the first team, and now an opportunity to go all the way to MLS. Our players are all very ambitious and hungry, and if they’re successful they may have further opportunities in MLS and New York City.”
The 26-year-old Ibeagha returns to Major League Soccer after spending the 2016 season with the Houston Dynamo.
San Antonio FC will open their third season in the Alamo City on Saturday, March 17 in Sacramento before returning to Toyota Field to host Saint Louis FC on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. for the clubs home opener.