FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno Football Club of the United Soccer League (USL) has announced the club’s first-ever transfer with the acquisition of midfielder Danny Barrera from Sacramento Republic FC, pending USL and federation approval. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per club policy.
“Danny is one of the most exciting players in the league,” said Fresno FC head coach Adam Smith. “He is a player of MLS caliber and will be somebody that will be able to unlock games and create something magical.”
Before becoming head coach of the Foxes, Smith was the top assistant at Republic FC, where Barrera played the previous three seasons. Barrera leaves Republic FC as the club’s all-time assists leader with 16. He assisted nine goals in 2016, made 30 starts in 31 appearances and scored three goals to be named to the USL All-League First Team.
“He’s a player that has matured a lot over recent years and is somebody that I’m looking for great leadership from, both on and off the field,” Smith added.
Danny Barrera / Photo courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC
The midfielder made 77 appearances all-time, including 62 USL appearances, during his three seasons with Republic FC. In 2017, Barrera made 16 appearances, all starts, scoring a goal and recording four assists before undergoing a season-ending foot surgery in July.
Barrera is the 18th player to join Los Zorros for the 2018 USL season. Also on the roster are Pedro Ribeiro, Renato Bustamante, Jose Cuevas, Agustin Rey, Jemal Johnson, Rony Argueta, Agustin Cazarez, Mickey Daly, Christian Chaney, Matthew Baldisimo, Sam Strong, Sean Melvin, Terran Campbell, Zachary Ellis-Hayden, Lamin Suma, Juan Pablo Caffa and Alejandro Covarrubias.
Fresno FC will kick off its inaugural season in the USL on March 17, 2018 against Las Vegas Lights FC at Chukchansi Park. Fans interested in season tickets can contact The Foxes’ sales office at 559-320-2525 or FresnoFC.com.
Transaction: Fresno Football Club receives midfielder Danny Barrera in a transfer from Sacramento Republic FC.
Name: Danny Barrera
Weight: 150 lbs.
Date of Birth: Jan. 8, 1990
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Last Club: Sacramento Republic FC