Goalkeeper Mark Weir, Edinburgh Scotland, will return to FC Wichita for the 2018 campaign.
Weir heads into his third season in the net for Wichita with his sites set on a playoff run.
“I am delighted to be coming back to Wichita for a third season,” Weir said. “Following the success of last year, we’re looking to add more silverware and to take this club as far as we can.”
Weir is an opposing force in goal at 6’4″ and 199 Lbs. He was a member of Scottish side Glasgow Rangers FC from 2004-2010 where he started as an academy player. In the 2005-06 season Weir was selected to play for the Scotland National Team at the U16 and U17 age. Those days were a wealth of experience, highlighted by lining up against the likes of Eden Hazard and Belgium in 2006.
In 2007, Weir left high school and signed a three-year contract to play as a full time Rangers FC professional from the age of U17-U19. During that time, Weir spent one season on loan at Kilmarnock F.C (Scottish Premier League) from 2008-2009, where he played in the U19 group. After, Mark returned to Rangers FC for the 2009-2010 season still eligible for U19, and was again selected for the Scottish U19 National team training squad.
Following that, Weir went on to play two years semi-pro in Scotland, winning a league title and making the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. Next, Weir then came to the states to pursue his education and play in college for Bethel University in Tennessee.
Mark finished his four-year college career last fall winning two conference championships and the 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year award. He leaves Bethel as the Single Season All-Time leader in saves, and the single game all-time leader with 12 in one match.
In 2016, Weir became part of NPSL history when he was awarded the Staples National Goal of The Year. Mark scored from 110 yards on a punt inside his own box after Shreveport sent 11 players forward to try and tie a match. Weir’s goal (and the announcers call) was covered on many major networks such Fox Sports, Fox Soccer, ESPN FC, ESPN and CBS Sports.
“It’s great Mark will return, he has certainly been special for the club and our city,” CEO Blake Shumaker said. “Mark believed in the process from the start. Now with him entering year three, his experience will be key for us to have some post season success.”
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