MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis 901 FC Sporting Director Andrew Bell and head coach Tim Mulqueen announced today the eleventh signing for the team’s inaugural 2019 United Soccer League season, with defender Todd Pratzner the latest to join the roster pending league and federation approval.
Pratzner, a defender, has spent the past two seasons in the USL with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in 2018 and the Rochester Rhinos in 2017. He started 17 matches this past season with Pittsburgh and made 13 appearances with 10 starts with Rochester the season before. He started both of the Rhinos’ playoff games and finished fourth on the team with 41 clearances.
“Todd is a player I have liked for a couple of years now,” Bell said. “He enjoys defending, and his work ethic will fit in well with the Club culture we are building in Memphis.”
“Todd is a very good and experienced central defender,” Mulqueen said. “He joins us from a winning culture, and we look forward to him bringing those winning attributes to Memphis. Todd is another member of the team who has a tremendous thirst for work, and he will push the group forward.”
Prior to beginning his professional career, Pratzner played collegiately at Xavier University from 2013-16. He amassed 71 games played with 70 starts, four goals, and one assist while holding down the backline during his four seasons. He was named to the BIG EAST Conference All-Tournament Team as a junior, in addition to anchoring a defensive unit that set school records for shutouts (11) and team goals-against average (0.84) as a sophomore.
Pratzner joins defender Louis Bennett, defender Wes Charpie, forward Heviel Cordovés, midfielder Raul Gonzalez, midfielder Ewan Grandison, defender Triston Hodge, midfielder Dan Metzger, defender Josh Morton, midfielder Leston Paul, and forward Luca Uccello on the team’s 2019 roster.
Additional signings will be announced in the coming weeks and months.