With training camp for the San Diego Sockers inching closer and closer, the Sockers have chosen to add the finishing touches to their roster.
A week after Marcio Leite signed with the team, San Diego signed defender Mitchell Cardenas and San Diego 1904 FC goalkeeper Antony Siaha to contracts.
Cardenas will sign a three-year deal while term details for Siaha weren’t released.
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This won’t be the first time a Cardenas will play for the Sockers organization. His father, Alejandro Cardenas, played for the Sockers II from 2001-2003.
Soon to be 30-years-old, Cardenas spent the 2019-2020 MASL season with the 7-14 Mesquite Outlaws, finishing the season with six goals and seven assists. On the defensive side, Cardenas blocked 34 shots in 21 games.
Cardenas brings an offensive touch to the defensive line, pairing him nicely with the high-scoring Sockers offense. With his signing, head coach Phil Salvagio now has a strong second line pairing with Cardenas and Leite behind MASL All-Stars Cesar Cerda and Guerrero Pino.
For Siaha, this will be his first venture into indoor soccer. Standing at 6-foot-6, the 22-year-old is believed to be the tallest goalkeeper in the MASL history.
As a member of the 1904 FC, Siaha served as the primary backup to Jean Antoine and will serve a similar role with the Sockers as he will be the assumed backup to starter Boris Pardo.
The status of Diego Angel Arriaga is currently unknown. Before the 2019-2020 season, Arriaga signed a five-year contract with the Sockers and posted a 4-0 record in five games played as the backup keeper. He is currently listed as an “Inactive Player” on the Sockers website.