Utica, N.Y. - Utica City FC confirmed today that defender Stephen DeRoux has been signed for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

At 34 years of age, DeRoux brings a wealth of experience to UCFC, after playing professionally at a high level for several years in both U.S. major indoor and outdoor soccer leagues.

The 5’ 9’’ Jamaican born defender, was an All-American during his college playing days and began his professional career in 2005 playing in the MLS for D.C. United - where he spent three seasons. Following this, DeRoux played for the Minnesota Thunder of the USL First Division before moving to the Montreal Impact; accumulating a combined number of 67 appearances.

“I am pleased and humbled to be part of Utica City FC. I would like to thank the ownership and coaching staff for this exciting opportunity,” said DeRoux “It is going to be great meeting all the new fans and bringing the professional game to such a strong soccer community. We will be working hard to make sure we take care of business on the field. Let’s get it!”

In 2011, the defender signed for the Baltimore Blast (the current MASL Champions, who UCFC face in their home opener on Sunday, December 2nd) where he made 58 appearances during a successful three seasons with the club, before moving to the Milwaukee Wave. 

Excited to draw DeRoux to Utica City FC in chase of an MASL Championship, Head Coach Ryan Hall described his latest signing: 

“Stephen is a veteran defender who will provide us with the quality that we are looking for in that area of the field. Having played in the MLS, USL and the MASL, his experience and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to our team and our quest for a championship.”

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