The San Antonio Scorpions have strengthened their defense with Logan Emory signing for the club it was announced on Friday.
Emory joins from Toronto FC, coming with MLS experience, despite being on the outer at Toronto which will no doubt make the young defense hungry to prove he deserves a shot back in MLS and with a team better than Toronto.
Emory managed 24 appearances in his two years at the original Canadian MLS team after stints in the PDL with Spokane and the Portland Timbers U23s.
Emory has championship winning experience having won the only season of the USSF second division with the Puerto Rico Islanders while also making the semi-finals in 2011.
The defense has been a big issue for the Scorpions, especially in this season as they have regularly ended up conceding late goals.
With Kevin Harmse suspended for almost the entire season depth defensively has been strained and with the continuing, worrying trend of red cards stacking up adding to the squad defensively is a much needed step.
It marks the first signing by new Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina and marks a significant change in policy from the signings from former head coach Tim Hankinson who signed only strikers in the break.
While it is odd to see an interim coach make any signing decisions, Emory is only on contract until the end of the season and is certainly a useful addition by Marcina after identifying the issue with the team and seeking to find it.
Emory proves that players can transition from the second division up to MLS but will need to do it again, the transfer has been approved by both clubs so Emory is available to start that work against Atlanta.