EDINBOURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC announced a number of roster changes on Wednesday as the club continue their preparation for the 2021 USL Championship season, including the return of midfielder Juan Carlos Azocar on loan from Deportivo La Guaira in the Venezuelan Primera Division for the 2021 USL Championship season. .
Azocar recorded one goal in two appearances for Toros in the 2020 season after joining the club on loan at the end of the season. A former member of Venezuela’s U-20 national team, the 25-year-old has made more than 125 appearances during his professional career in his home country.
In addition, the club turned down contract options for 11 players: goalkeeper Paul Blanchette, defenders Robert Castellanos, Carter Manley and Emile Legault, midfielders Jonathan Jimenez, Christian Lucatero, Timo Mehlich, Taiberson Nunes, James Murphy and Luka Prpa and forward Garrett McLaughlin. The loan for midfielder DeShane Beckford expired after the 2020 season.
Nine players are without a contract at the end of the 2020 season: goalkeepers Ryan Coulter and Ben Willis, defenders Robert Coronado, Diego Rocha and Andrew Samuels, midfielders Victor Garza, Isidro Martinez and Kevin Rodriguez, and striker Juan Carlos Obregon Jr.
The Toros are currently in talks with a number of players to return for the 2021 season.
The drums announce the return of Stavros Zarokostas
The Charleston Battery announced on Wednesday that it has exercised the contract option to retain Stavros Zarokostas for the 2021 season. The dynamic forward will look to make an even bigger impact in his second season for Blacks and Yellows afterwards. showing his eye for the goal last year.
Zarokostas made a seamless transition from college to pro, playing 838 minutes in his first year on drums. In 16 appearances, the Leonidio, Greece native has scored five times, just behind co-team chiefs Zeiko Lewis and Nicque Daley, with several goals at crucial times during the 2020 season. Zarokostas in the 22nd minute of a shutout win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies gave Tampa Bay their first loss of the season. Stavros’ third goal, a brilliant 30-yard curling effort against Miami FC on September 5, earned the Championship Goal of the Month title.