The Oklahoma City Energy FC has re-signed midfielder Daniel Jackson for the 2017 season, pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
Jackson, 27, has an enormous pedigree within lower division American soccer. The Pittsburgh native played his college soccer at Cumberland University and Coker College. While in college, Jackson made appearances for USL PDL clubs Kalamazoo Outrage and FC Jax Destroyers. In addition, the 27-year-old forward made eight appearances for D.C. United’s U-23 squad in the NPSL, where he scored eight goals.
After leaving college, Jackson entered the MLS SuperDraft. Picked 70th overall in the fourth round by the Real Salt Lake, Jackson was unable to earn a contract with the club.
The MLS Superdraftee would later join NASL side Carolina Railhawks, who he spent one year with before moving on to the Charlotte Independence in the USL.
After a decent 2015 year in the USL, Jackson signed with the OKC Energy on February 2, 2016.
“He was unlucky with a bad injury last year,” said OKC Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen. “I thought he was off to a great start with us when he got injured. During the time of his rehab, he’s been very professional and worked extremely hard. I have a feeling he will be mentally and physically stronger than ever when we open our training in a couple of weeks.”