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Rowdies Sign Defender Blake Wagner

Rowdies Sign Defender Blake Wagner

The Rowdies announced on Friday the signing of defender Blake Wagner to a two-year contract, plus a club option for a third year.

Wagner (5-10, 170), originally from Atlanta, GA., joins the Rowdies after playing two seasons with NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions. During his time in San Antonio, Wagner played a pivotal role in the back line, where he not only provided defensive stability, but he was also an attacking threat down the left flank. In two seasons with the Scorpions, Wagner played 47 matches and scored three goals.

The 25-year-old defender signed with the Scorpions in 2012 after stints with FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer. He was drafted by FC Dallas in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and from 2006 to 2009 he made 40 appearances with the club. He spent 2010-2011 with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake where he made 29 appearances and scored four goals between the two clubs.

Wagner began his soccer career when he was identified by U.S. Soccer through their national Olympic Development Program. While he was with the U-14 team, Wagner was recruited to U.S. Soccer‘s U-15 residency program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Wagner was a starter with the U.S. National Team that competed at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.

For more information or to order 2014 season tickets, including the new Midfielder’s Premium Club Memberships, fans can e-mail tickets@rowdiessoccer.com or call (813) 287-1539. For season ticket prices and a seating chart for Al Lang Stadium click here

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