Energy FC have signed forward Cordell Cato, Head Coach Steve Cooke announced today. Cato joins the club after spending 2018 with the Charlotte Independence, where he made 24 appearances, scoring eight goals and providing four assists.
Prior to joining Charlotte Independence, Cato made 135 appearances over five seasons in Major League Soccer with Seattle Sounders FC in 2012 and the San Jose Earthquakes from 2013-2017. During the 2014 season, he and Energy FC defender Atiba Harris were teammates.
In addition to playing in the top flight in the United States, Cato has featured for the Trinidad and Tobago national team on 27 occasions, scoring two goals and helping the Soca Warriors advance to the quarterfinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also made starts against Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Mexico during 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualification in “The Hex”.
“Cordell is another player with significant MLS experience,” said Cooke. “I think it’s important to note that he’s been in some pretty good teams and over the years has played with some really good players. Cordell, in terms of an attacking sense, has great quality and has a real eye for getting behind defenders and going at players 1-v-1. He’s an exciting threat going forward, and I think he’s also a real big goal threat. We can’t wait to see what Cordell can bring. We think he can be one of the most exciting players in USL this season.”
Energy FC begin the 2019 season on the road against expansion club El Paso Locomotive FC Saturday, March 9. The first home match will be against Las Vegas Lights FC Saturday, March 16 at Taft Stadium.