Huntsville City add Joel Sangwa and Brennan Creek

Huntsville City FC added two more players to their squad ahead of their March 16 season opener against Chattanooga FC; defender Joel Sangwa and midfielder Brennan Creek. From Huntsville’s press release:

“Joel has impressed us from day one of preseason,” says Matt Cairns, Huntsville City FC Director of Soccer Operations. “His college journey shows his drive and commitment to the game of soccer. His leadership and quality are clear to see, and we’re delighted to sign him in Huntsville.

“We are delighted to sign Brennan in Huntsville,” adds Cairns. “He has the key characteristics we look for in a midfielder. Having watched him closely in college at Kentucky and seeing him in our preseason, we’re confident he will make a great impact on our group this season.”

Sangwa comes to Huntsville after two seasons at the University of Akron. The 24-year-old started all 18 games for the Zips in 2023, recording a goal and two assists and helping lead the team to a Big East-best 10 shutouts. His performance earned him a Big East Defensive Player of the Week award on Aug. 28 and an invitation to the MLS College Showcase. Before joining Akron, Sangwa spent two seasons at Iowa Western Community College, helping the Reivers to a 20-1-1 record en route to a national championship in 2021 along with a national championship runner up performance in 2020.

Creek comes to Huntsville after finishing his college career at the University of Kentucky. The midfielder appeared in 41 matches for the Wildcats across 2022 and 2023, recording five assists and 14 shots in that time. Before his time at Kentucky, Creek spent three years at Western Michigan University, where he was a mainstay for the Broncos, seeing action in 45 matches, while scoring five goals and recording 13 assists.

Huntsville City FC roster (as of March 14, 2024)

Goalkeepers: 1 – Simon Jillson, 50 – Jake Grekowicz^, 67 – Ben Martino*
Defenders: 2 – Christopher Applewhite^, 3 – Tomas Ritondale, 5 – Joel Sangwa, 13 – Joey Skinner*, 14 – Charly Dealmonte^, 21 – Kessy Coulibaly, 25 – Fernando Cicéron, 29 – Julian Gaines*,36 – Scott Cheevers^
Midfielders: Brennan Creek, 6 – Sergi Oriol, 8 – Isaiah Johnston, 10 – Ollie Wright, 17 – Jonathan Bolaños, 18 – Braxton Hayes^, 19 – Cannon Strechen^, 24 – Alejandro Vazquez-Lopez^, 32 – Noah Kasin^, 47 – Isaiah Jones*
Forwards: 9 – Forster Ajago*, 11 – Alexis Cerrittos, 20 – Adem Sipić*, 22 – Maximus Ekk, 89 – Woobens Pacius*

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*Nashville SC
^Nashville SC Academy

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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