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Former MLS defender joins Reno 1868 FC for 2020 season

By Kevin Bass, 01/31/20, 10:00AM PST


Tony Alfaro spent 2016-18 with Seattle Sounders FC

RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC has signed former Seattle Sounders defender Tony Alfaro to a 2020 USL contract, pending league and federation approval. Alfaro spent three seasons with Seattle Sounders FC, where he appeared in 25 games, starting 12 and winning an MLS Cup in 2016. Alfaro started last season in Mexico with Chivas de Guadalajara before being loaned to Club Atlético Zacatepec in July.

“Tony brings a good level of experience, he’s played at a very high level from MLS to Liga MX,” said head coach Ian Russell. “He’s very technical on the ball, but is also very tough in the challenge. He brings a lot of leadership to the locker room in terms of his playing resume. We’re very glad that he’s here in Reno.”

Alfaro appeared in 25 games for Seattle, starting 12 and racking up over 1,300 minutes played. The native of Michoacán, Mexico appeared in six games as a rookie in 2016 as Seattle would go on to win the MLS Cup. Alfaro’s most productive MLS season came in 2017 when the center back started eight games.

From 2016-2018, Alfaro appeared in 37 games for Seattle Sounders 2 (now Tacoma Defiance) of the USL Championship. With Sounders 2 in 2016, Alfaro scored two goals and notched an assist in 20 appearances.

With the signing, Reno’s 2020 roster stands as follows:

Defenders: (5) Brent Richards, Thomas Janjigian, Yosimar Hernandez, Ayrton Statie, Tony Alfaro

Midfielders: (6) Sam Gleadle, Mouhamed Dabo, Tucker Bone, Sergio Rivas, Kevin Partida, Christiano François

Forwards: (4) Corey Hertzog, Benji Kikanovic, Foster Langsdorf, Aidan Apodaca


Tony Alfaro

Position: Defender

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 190 lbs

Born: June 15, 1993 (26)

Hometown: Michoacán, Mexico

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