ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis Football Club has announced a pair of new player signings ahead of the start of preseason camp on Monday.
Parker Maher and Bryan Ciesiulka have been introduced as the latest additions to the STL FC roster, which is now at 10 players heading into camp.
Parker Maher – D/M, Joplin, Mo.
Maher, 21, has played the previous four seasons at Missouri State University.
He was an All-Missouri Valley Conference performer with the Bears in 2014, and was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team in 2011.
“Parker is a quick, skillful, technical player,” Saint Louis FC Head Coach Dale Schilly said. “He can play as an outside back or in various roles in the midfield. Fans will see a player who is quick to the ball and extremely active finding space without the ball. In addition, Parker possesses keen insight on how and when to get forward and join the attack.”
Maher made 72 appearances during his collegiate career, including 64 starts. In addition to his performances on the field, he was also a NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Second Team selection.
“Parker is an even-keeled player who is technically sound,” MSU Head Coach Jon Leamy added. “He created a lot chances for us when attacking from the defensive third through the midfield. His left foot is very good and he can really play some great balls into the middle.”
Bryan Ciesiulka – M, Naperville, Ill.
Bryan Ciesiulka, 23, will join STL FC after playing one season professionally with Gimo IF FK in Sweden.
He was a fourth-round selection by the Chicago Fire in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Previously, Ciesiulka had a stint with the Chicago Super-20s and spent three summers as a member of the Fire’s PDL side.
“I have followed Bryan’s development through his entire youth career,” Schilly said. “With Bryan Growing up in Chicago, I have seen him in his days with the Chicago Magic and the Chicago Fire Development Academy. He is a blue-collar player who will work on both sides of the ball, and is a perfect cultural fit for what St. Louisans value with their players.”
Ciesiulka helped Marquette University win its second Big East Conference regular-season title in three years in 2013. He also shared the league's 2013 Midfielder Of The Year award en route to helping the Golden Eagles claim their first-ever Big East Tournament championship.
“Bryan Ciesiulka is probably one of the best people, as well as one of the best players, we’ve ever had at Marquette,” Marquette Head Coach Louie Bennett said. “He is the guy who was really able to help turn our program around.”