Huntsville City FC sign six players for 2024

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Huntsville City FC announced the addition of six players ahead of the 2024 season. Entering their second season as Nashville SC’s MLS NEXT Pro affiliate, the side made sweeping changes to their inaugural roster, returning just four players from their 2023 side.

Huntsville have targeted international players with their latest round of signings, possibly with plans of allowing players with first-team potential to acclimate in the Nashville system and acquire green cards before moving to the first team.

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From the press release:

Kessy Coulibaly

Position: Defender
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 185lbs.
Birthdate: Aug. 16, 2002
Age: 21
Birthplace: Perpignan, France
Last Club: MFK Vyskov (Fortuna Narodni Liga – Czech 2nd Division)
Bio: Coulibaly joins HCFC after spending time with MFK Vyskov of the Czech Republic’s Fortuna Narodni Liga, where he made 13 appearances for the club. The French defender previously played in his home country with Toulouse B and FC Sochaux B where he made 23 appearances and scored two goals.

Tomás Ritondale

Position: Defender
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 156lbs.
Birthdate: April 16, 2002
Age: 21
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Last Club: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (USL Championship)
Bio: Ritondale joins Huntsville City FC after playing with former USL Championship side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. The defender made 26 appearances with the club, recording two assists in more than 1,200 minutes played.

Patrick Amarh

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 165lbs.
Birthdate: Nov. 13, 2002
Age: 21
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Last Club: Inter Allies FC (Ghana Premier League)
Bio: Amarh comes to Huntsville from the Ghana Premier League, playing for Inter Allies FC where he made four appearances. The midfielder also spent time in the United Arab Emirates on loan for Elite Falcons FC.

Sergi Oriol

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 172lbs.
Birthdate: April 24, 2004
Age: 19
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Last Club: UA Horta (Lliga Elit)
Bio: Oriol joins Huntsville after making six appearances for UA Horta of Spain’s Lliga Elit, where he scored two goals in five starts. Before then, he spent two seasons on La Nucia Sub 19, where he made 52 appearances and scored four goals.

Ronald Alexis Cerritos

Position: Forward
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 172lbs.
Birthdate: Oct. 2, 2000
Age: 23
Birthplace: Santa Clara, CA
Last Club: Central Valley Fuego FC (USL League One)
Bio: Cerritos comes to Huntsville after spending the last two seasons with USL League One’s Central Valley Fuego FC. The forward made 51 appearances, scoring 10 goals and recording seven assists in more than 3,500 minutes played between USL League One and U.S. Open Cup.

Maximus Ekk

Position: Forward
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 181 lbs.
Birthdate: Aug. 28, 2005
Age: 18
Birthplace: Hanford, Calif.
Last Club: Central Valley Fuego FC (USL League One)
Bio: Ekk comes to Huntsville after spending time with Central Valley Fuego FC. The forward scored two goals in 11 appearances with the USL League One side, while also playing with the team’s academy squad.

Huntsville City SC current roster

Goalkeepers: Ben Martino*
Defenders: Fernando Cicéron, Kessy Coulibaly, Tomás Ritondale, Joey Skinner*
Midfielders: Patrick Amarh, Jonathan Bolaños, Isaiah Johnston, Isaiah Jones^, Sergi Oriol, and Ollie Wright
Forwards: Ronald Alexis Cerritos, Maximus Ekk, Adem Sipić*

* Nashville SC first-team player
^Nashville SC academy player

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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