Goalkeeper Carlos Merancio has joined USL Championship side Hartford Athletic pending league and federation approval, the club announced today.
“Words cannot express how grateful I am to have been a part of FC Tucson these last two years and for all the great memories the club has given me,” said Carlos Merancio. “They will always be an important part of my career. Thank you for everything, Tucson.”
The Hermosillo, Sonora native ranked fourth in USL League One in saves per match (2.8) and earned nine starts in his second season with the Men in Black in 2020. In Week 13 of the USL League One season, Merancio earned Team of the Week honors after recording 10 saves across two games, including an eight-save shutout performance against South Georgia Tormenta FC.
Merancio, 22, signed with FC Tucson in February 2019, following his time with Monarcas of the Liga de Expansión MX. The 6’2 goalkeeper earned one clean sheet and made 41 saves in 13 matches for his first season with FC Tucson in 2019.
“I am excited for Carlos as he embarks on this next chapter of his career. He is fully deserving of this move to the USL Championship and we wish him nothing but success with Hartford,” said FC Tucson Head Coach, John Galas. “He has been a tremendous professional, and a great ambassador for FC Tucson over the last two seasons. We are excited to follow his progress in 2021.”
Merancio joins Hartford Athletic as the club's second new signing ahead of their 2021 USL Championship season. Hartford Athletic is coming off a 2020 campaign that saw the Connecticut club earn 11 wins and 3 losses, topping Group F.