New York City F.C. sign Josh Saunders; will join Scorpions on loan

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New York City F.C. coach Jason Kreis has reached into his past, signing veteran MLS goalkeeper and current free agent Josh Saunders to the team.

Saunders, 33, becomes the third official signing for the club, joining international superstar David Villa, and former Montreal Impact defender Jeb Brovsky.

Like his teammates, Saunders will be sent on loan until the start of the 2015 season. He will join Manchester City F.C. during their pre-season tour and then become part of the San Antonio Scorpions through the NASL Fall Championship season.

Saunders, 33, last played under Kreis at Real Salt Lake, serving as a backup to U.S. Men’s National Team keeper Nick Rimando. Prior to that, he manned the net for the Los Angeles Galaxy, helping them towards the 2012 MLS Cup. He was a part of two other MLS Cup winning sides; the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes as well as the 2011 Galaxy.

The well-traveled Saunders has featured for the Puerto Rico Islanders, Miami FC and the USL Timbers, guiding Portland to the Commissioners Cup.