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Clockwork is the precision, regularity, or absence of variation associated with a clock or clockwork. That definition led me to give the nickname “Clockwork Charlie” to then-RGVFC midfielder Charlie Ward, back in 2016. As San Antonio FC fans can recall, that was the inaugural season for both their club and RGVFC, with the Toros getting the better of them that year.
A big part of that success, ending with the #2 seed in the USL’s Western Conference, was Ward.
Ward played every second of the season for Wilmer Cabrera’s squad. By that, I don’t mean he was simply on the pitch for every second, I mean he was working hard each moment for the club. He showcased his football IQ, honed during his youth stints with Aston Villa and Stoke City, his passing ability, and toughness.
Ward should have been signed in the following preseason by the first team, but a minor injury prevented that and he began the year with Rio Grande Valley.
He was again a star and steadying presence in the midfield in 2017. Playing with Houston in the US Open Cup, he proved he could play at that level and signed officially with the first team.
Unfortunately, he would never be given a chance to earn his spot with the Dynamo. Now, Ward becomes another former Toro with San Antonio FC.
What can you expect? A player whose talent is matched by his work ethic. He will spray passes all over the pitch, work hard on defense, and become a leader in the locker room. SAFC didn’t just add a player with Charlie Ward, they added a star.