ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC upgraded its back line by officially signing defenders James Musa and Nick Bibbs for the 2015 USL season.
James Musa – D / Plymouth, England
Musa, 22, is a New Zealand international who has made appearances for the New Zealand National Team at the senior, U-23, and U-20 levels.
A center back by trade, Musa has more than four years of professional experience, including a stint with Fulham in the English Premier League during the 2012-13 season.
“At 22 years old, James brings loads of experience to Saint Louis FC,” Head Coach Dale Schilly commented. “His experiences with Fulham and the New Zealand National Team have helped shape him into a top player. He has demonstrated very good defending instincts, is good in the air, and possesses sound open-field defending and tracking.
“James is another motivated young player on our roster, and he has the desire to make it to another level professionally. We believe we can help him get there.”
Musa finished his second stint with the Wellington Phoenix of the A-League, the top tier in Australia, in 2014. He first appeared with Wellington in 2010 at age 18.
Nick Bibbs – D / Philadelphia, Pa.
Bibbs, 24, trained with his hometown Philadelphia Union in MLS before joining STL FC. He also has overseas experience, having played with IFK Lammhult in Sweden during the 2014 season.
Previously, Bibbs had stints with Reading United and Ocean City Noreasters in the USL PDL. He has displayed versatility by playing as an outside back, center back, and midfielder during his career.
“We see Nick as a player who’s very hard, quick to close people down, and difficult to beat in 1v1 situations,” Schilly said. “When he finds time on the ball, he can be dangerous as well.
“Nick is a very good ball winner, and every team needs ball winners. Now, we will watch his attacking skills develop and see where he will impact the game.”
Bibbs is a product of Syracuse University, where he helped lead the Orange to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2012.