Joey Worthen and Yohance Marshall became members of the Austin Aztex on Friday after deals put them in uniform for the 2010 season. Worthen’s deal is for one year with a club option of a second season, while Marshall’s loan is anticipated to last throughout the year.
Worthen comes to the Aztex by way of multiple stops throughout both the USL and the MLS. Worthen most recently took the pitch for the Richmond Kickers, following stints with both the Carolina RailHawks and Real Salt Lake. Prior to his time in Utah, he was on the Richmond Kickers for the first of his two runs with the team.
“Joey’s experience playing professionally at both Carolina and Richmond and in the MLS will be a true benefit to the squad this season,” Aztex President Phil Rawlins said.
The Salt Lake City, Utah, native played college soccer at the University of South Carolina where he took NSCAA All-First Team honors. After graduation, he joined the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to kick off his pro career.
Marshall is anticipated to be with the Aztex for the whole season on loan from the L.A. Galaxy, joining Leonard Griffin as the second former Galaxy defender on Austin’s team in 2010. Marshall signed with the Galaxy in March as an undrafted free agent from University of South Florida. Last season he joined the Aztex for a three-game stint in late June before returning to L.A.
In college, Marshall helped USF to their first ever BIG EAST championship as a senior and was named to the NSCAA Second Team. With his native country, Marshall played in multiple qualifying matches for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
“We’re delighted to have Yohance back and look forward to him making a big contribution with us this season,” Rawlins added.