TULSA – With just one clean sheet in its last 13 matches, FC Tulsa is bolstering its central defense with the signing of English center back Johnny Fenwick for the remainder of the 2021 season. Fenwick has spent the last two seasons playing in the USL Championship, in 2019 for San Antonio FC and in 2020 for Las Vegas Lights FC.
“Johnny has a commanding presence, is a vocal leader and has excellent distribution in the back line,” said FC Tulsa head coach Michael Nsien. “Johnny has a ball-winning mentality and understands the correct positions to take to prevent attacks. As we get into the 2nd half of the season, it’s important to continue to strengthen the squad and to maintain a healthy level of competition to keep everyone at the top of their game.
Fenwick was a fixture in Lights FC’s backline last season, playing every minute of the team’s 15 matches following the COVID-19 delay of the season. He served as the captain for Las Vegas in three matches while scoring his first USL Championship goal on August 30, 2020 against LA Galaxy II.
“I’m really happy to be joining FC Tulsa,” said Fenwick. “This is a super talented, hard-working team full of great characters. I guarantee to give everything for this club to be successful. I can’t wait to get started here and play in front of the fantastic fans at ONEOK Field.”
The Newcastle upon Tyne native started in the Newcastle United youth academy before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in 2011. He came stateside for college in 2015, attending High Point University where he was one of the school’s most decorated men’s soccer players in program history. As a senior in 2018, Fenwick was named an NCAA all-American and the Big South’s Defender of the Year.
In his first professional season in 2019, Fenwick was selected in the matchday squad in all but one match for San Antonio, making five appearances in all competitions as a rookie.
Fenwick is available for selection starting with Saturday’s road match at Central Division leader Louisville City FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT