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OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC announced on Tuesday the club had signed forward Jaime Siaj for the 2018 USL season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Siaj spent the 2017 season with the Charlotte Independence, where he recorded four goals and three assists in 19 appearances to help the side reach the USL Cup Playoffs. The 22-year-old had previously been selected in the MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids.
Prior to his professional career the 22-year-old appeared in 13 games with the Charlotte Eagles of the Premier Development League, where he scored four goals. Siaj also had a strong collegiate career at Pfeiffer University, where he recorded 47 goals and 28 assists in 69 appearances, helping the side claim the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2015.
Siaj and Energy FC teammate Jose Barril are both products of the Real Madrid Youth System.
REPUBLIC FC ADDS DIAZ: Sacramento Republic FC added to its goalkeeper contingent on Tuesday with the signing of Rafael Díaz for the 2018 season, with a club option for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
“Raf has had three years in the Red Bull system, both with the first team and Red Bulls II, and is a great addition to our goalkeeping corps,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “His experience in an MLS locker room will be integral to setting the culture for our club.”
Díaz joins Republic FC following three successful seasons with the New York Red Bulls organization. A former standout at St. John’s University, the 26-year-old originally joined the Red Bulls II after playing the 2014 season with Orlando City SC. He spent two seasons with Red Bulls II, claiming the USL Cup in 2016, before signing with the Red Bulls in 2017. Díaz made 23 USL appearances over four seasons, recording a 1.29 goals-against average.
ORANGE COUNTY RE-SIGNS BEYERS: Orange County SC announced it had re-signed goalkeeper Casey Beyers for the 2018 USL season, pending league and federation approval.
Beyers made his first appearance for Orange County in the club’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contest on May 17 against the PDL’s FC Golden State Force where he helped the side claim a 5-2 victory. He then made his USL debut on September 17 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 where he recorded three saves in a 3-2 OCSC victory.
“Casey is a hard-working, talented player and we are thrilled to have him return in 2018,” said Orange County SC General Manager and Executive Vice President Oliver Wyss. “We are looking forward to watching Casey further develop and grow with us this season.”