EDINBURG, Texas (March 12, 2022) – Rio Grande Valley FC Toros announced today the signing of defender Frank Nodarse and the acquisition of forward Nafiu Sulemana on loan from Legon Cities FC ahead of the 2022 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.
Nodarse (6-foot-3) is a product of Miami Soccer Academy and joins the Toros having previously played in the USL Championship for the Charleston Battery, where he made three appearances a season ago. Prior to competing at the USL Championship level, the Cuban defender played for Fort Lauderdale CF in USL League One between 2020-2021, appearing in 13 matches.
The 21-year-old has also competed for his country and scored on his debut for the Cuba U-20 Men’s National Team at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship in a 7-0 victory against St. Maarten at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Sulemana (5-foot-9, Forward) arrives at RGV FC via loan from Legon Cities FC, member of the Ghana Premier League. The 22-year-old native of Ghana is a dynamic and versatile addition for the squad that can play in both midfield and attack.
Sulemana appeared in nine contests for Legion Cities during the 2021-22 season, logging 440 minutes of action. Prior to signing with Legon Cities, he competed with Inter Allies FC, also a member of the Ghana Premier League. While at Inter Allies he made 26 appearances and recorded seven goals.
TRANSACTION: Rio Grande Valley FC sign defender Frank Nodarse and acquire Nafiu Sulemana on loan
FULL NAME: Frank Nodarse
DATE OF BIRTH: December 6, 2000
BIRTHPLACE: Havana, Cuba
HOMETOWN: Havana, Cuba
FIFA NATIONALITY: Cuba
FULL NAME: Nafiu Sulemana
DATE OF BIRTH: October 11, 1999
BIRTHPLACE: Janga, Ghana
HOMETOWN: Janga, Ghana
FIFA NATIONALITY: Ghana
About Rio Grande Valley FC
The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (RGV FC) enter their seventh season in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship in 2022. The club plays at H-E-B Park, a state-of-the-art soccer specific stadium that holds 9,700 people, the club trains in H-E-B Park’s world class training facility adjacent to the stadium. RGV FC is the only professional soccer team located within the Rio Grande Valley. In 2016, RGV FC became USL’s first team to develop a hybrid affiliation model with a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. This partnership, with Houston Dynamo FC, began in 2016. The relationship has now evolved into a more traditional USL/MLS affiliation where RGV FC manages all aspects of the club, and the Dynamo are able to loan players to the Toros for development purposes. For more information, please visit www.RGVFC.com.