The Oklahoma City Energy FC has announced the signing of defender Richard Dixon for the 2017 season, pending league and federation approval.
Born in Hanover, Jamaica, the 26-year-old defender has been somewhat of a journeyman in North America. Playing for multiple sides in America’s lower divisions, Dixon has played for five times in the last six years. The Jamaican’s resume includes Mississippi Brilla, Panama City Beach Pirates, VSI Tampa Bay FC, Charlotte Eagles, and Saint Louis FC.
The 26-year-old played college soccer for the West Florida Argonauts where he earned the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year award in 2009 and 2012. Furthermore, Dixon was the only player in school history to earn a spot with the NSCAA All-South Region team four years in a row.
The second of two Saint Louis FC signings this offseason, Dixon joins former backline partner Sam Fink in Oklahoma City.
Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen commented on the signing, stating that Dixon’s successful time in Saint Louis led to a contract.
“[Richard is] a very athletic fullback with important experience with two teams in our league,” said Nielsen. “During the multiple games we played against Saint Louis FC last season, we had the opportunity to look at the skills of the individual players on their roster. I thought he had an excellent season with Saint Louis and was tough to play against in each game. Defensively, he is outstanding and has good timing moving forward. He has all the tools to be a successful player on our club in 2017.”
Dixon added, “Making the decision to come to OKC was an easy one for me because of the winning culture of the team, how well the organization is ran and how supportive the fans are,” said the newly signed defender. “After speaking with Jimmy and the coaching staff at the end of this season about the club’s goals and ambitions going forward and what my role would be to contribute to the team's success, it was a done deal as we are both heading into the same direction. I am beyond excited to start the season and help the club push for a championship in 2017.”