Reno 1868 FC has announced the signing of midfielder Guy Abend to a one-year contract Thursday pending league and federation approval. Abend joins Reno from Louisville FC, who just won the 2017 USL Cup in October.

“Guy is a technical, holding midfielder,” Reno head coach Ian Russell said. “He will bring a physical presence to the game next season.

Abend, a native of Israel, was a regular starter with Louisville FC during the championship season in the midfield. He scored his first and only goal on Sept. 2 and provided a defensive presence all season long recording 30 clearances, 2 blocks and 39 interceptions in 2017.

“I’m very happy to join Reno next season,” Abend said. “I’m excited to be a part of this project and really looking forward to working with Ian, the staff and the lads. I can’t wait to get on the pitch at Greater Nevada Field and play in front of our fans. Let’s do work and make it one to remember.”

More player info:

Name: Guy Abend
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 181 lbs
Date of Birth: 11/8/1990
Age: 27
Hometown: Netanya, Israel
Country: Israel
Last Club: Louisville FC
How Acquired: Free Agent Signing