With his reputation as a “great goalkeeper,” 28-year-old Diego Restrepo will once again guard the net for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, having played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and excelled in the U.S. Open Cup.
“Diego is a goalkeeper I know personally from playing with him in 2013 and from serving as an assistant coach in 2014,” Stuart Campbell, Rowdies head coach, said. “He’s a great goalkeeper and he’s played well this season, particularly in the U.S. Open Cup. We’ve brought him here because he makes our squad better.”
Having played for several other teams including the University of South Florida and the University of Virginia, where he scored a NCAA national championship in 2009, Restrepo spent time playing professionally in Colombia and Venezuela until he first joined the Rowdies in 2013.
Restrepo suffered an Achilles injury during the 2014 season. After spending his first season with the Strikers, both clubs agreed to his transfer back to the Rowdies, with whom he has signed a contract through the rest of 2016 with options for 2017 pending.
“I’m excited to return to a club that I know very well,” Restrepo said. “The staff, players and fans at the Rowdies have always been great with me so it’ll be an easy transition. I can’t wait to start training with my new teammates and most importantly help the club reach the playoffs.”