New York City FC announced the acquisition of defender Sebastien Ibeagha from USL side San Antonio FC.
The defender had impressed the NYCFC coaching staff and onlookers alike with his performances in pre-season friendlies. Ibeagha is a former first-team all-ACC player from his time at Duke University. He joined first-division Danish side AC Horsens after college and eventually found his way to Icelandic club Fram Reykjavík. After two years abroad he moved back stateside, joining the Houston Dynamo’s organization in 2016 where he was dispatched to their USL side for 6 matches before being loaned out to Rayo OKC in the NASL that same year. Finally in 2017 he established a name for himself in San Antonio and flourished with the USL side, playing in all but two matches for San Antonio and captaining the side on several occasions. Ibeagha helped lead SAFC to a league leading 15 shutouts. The defender also led both the club and the USL in clearances last season with 190.
Because Ibeagha joined NYCFC after San Antonio had exercised their option on the player, a transfer fee had to be agreed upon before completing the move. The exact details of the move have not been made public.
Ibeagha slots in as a depth signing for NYCFC at center back behind Maxime Chanot and Alexander Callens. He will be competing with Cedric Houtondji for playing time as the main backup central defender for Patrick Vieira.
NYCFC start their 2018 MLS campaign this Sunday against Sporting Kansas City as they look to build upon Patrick Vieira’s first two seasons in the league.