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Tucson, Toronto, and Lansing Bolster Rosters

By Staff, 03/14/19, 9:30AM EDT


League One squads continue to add depth as inaugural season approaches

Photo courtesy of Colorado Switchbacks

TUCSON, Ariz. – FC Tucson has signed Sporting Kansas City Development Academy product Zach Wright for the 2019 season, the club announced Monday.

Wright brings attacking prowess and USL Championship experience to the FC Tucson squad. The 5-11 forward spent the 2018 season with Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.

Wright earned a homegrown player contract with Sporting Kansas City following a successful collegiate career at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. During his time as a Tar Heel, Wright scored 15 goals and recorded 28 assists in 79 appearances, earning All-ACC honors along the way.

“I’m excited to join FC Tucson due to the culture that’s being created here,” said Wright. “It’s a great fit for me and my mind is on winning the cup.”

Toronto FC II announced the addition of four players to its 2019 squad Wednesday afternoon. TFC II signed midfielders Adolfo Ovalle and Trevor Short and defender Patrick Bunk Anderson. The club also announced the arrival of Jesus West on loan from Club del Este FC of the Liga Panamena de Futbol.

Ovalle made 21 appearances for USL Championship side Real Monarchs while on loan from Real Salt Lake in 2015 and 2016. During his two seasons in Utah, Ovalle made appeared in six MLS matches. Most recently, Ovalle played for Ranger de Talca in Primera B in Chile.

The 2019 season is Swartz first as a professional. Swartz signed with TFC II out of Indiana University where he scored 12 goals and recorded 28 assists in 82 matches. The midfielder earned All-Big Ten honors and led the NCAA with 16 assists in 2018.

Bunk-Andersen joins TFC II after being drafted Toronto FC in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Danish defender played in 82 games during his career at Clemson University, helping the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

West spend preseason in Los Angeles with Toronto FC prior to the 2019 MLS season. The 19-year old defender made five appearances for Panama in the U-20 CONCACAF Championship, helping his country qualify for the 2019 FIFA World Cup.


Lansing Ignite announced the addition of midfielder Ricardo Perez Wednesday. The 23-year old joins the Ignite after spending the 2018 season with the Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship. Perez made 14 appearances with the Independence while on loan from the Colorado Rapids.

“Richi is a great signing for our club,” LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. “He has real quality on the ball and is able to break opponents down with precise passing. Richi has the personality and character that we look for, and I believe he is in the cusp of really taking his game to the next level. We are thrilled he is with us in Lansing.”

Prior to signing a homegrown player contract with the Colorado Rapids, Perez was a standout midfielder at Creighton University and played in USL League Two with Albuquerque Sol FC and the Ocala Stampede.

“I can’t wait to get started and make an impact as soon as possible,” Perez said. “This is an incredible opportunity, and I look forward to working with Coach Miller this season.”

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