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Oklahoma City Energy FC add Spanish midfielder Jose Barril to 2017 roster

The midfielder grew up in Real Madrid’s youth system.

Courtesy of City Islanders)

The Oklahoma City Energy FC has announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Jose Barril, pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.

A native of Madrid, Barril grew up as a member of Real Madrid’s youth set-up, eventually earning himself a spot with their third (Real Madrid C), who play in the lower tiers of Spanish soccer.

The 24-year-old left Madrid in 2013 in order to sign for Valencia club Ontinyent CF, who currently play in Spain’s 2B – Group 3 division. After only making one appearance for the side, Barril joined USL side the Harrisburg City Islanders, where he has spent the last three years with the club, making 80 appearances and scoring 13 goals.

“José is a player I’ve been interested in signing since the first time I saw him play in 2014,” said OKC Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen. “After 14 years with Real Madrid’s Academy, his soccer education is world class. He is a difference-maker that plays at a very high level. We’re in a position to help him take the next step in his career and he is in a position to help us achieve our goals for the season. Technically and tactically, his understanding of the game is outstanding. He can play out wide, he can play the attacking mid, he passes the ball well and has a nose for goals. We’re excited to have him on our team and looking forward to working with him during the season.”

“I am very glad to have signed with Energy FC. I made this decision because it is a great club that has had great results in each of their first three seasons,” said Barril. “I am eager to start this season and have high expectations for our club. My goals for this season are to help the club to a championship and put on a great show for the fans. It is a pleasure for me to be a part of Energy FC!”