The Austin Bold FC continue to shape a United Soccer League expansion roster long on national team experience.
Promise Isaac — it is not Isaac Promise as you will find on most Google searches — becomes the sixth player to sign for the team that will debut in 2019 in a new stadium at Circuit of the Americas.
“There is a lot of confusion over his name,” granted Bold FC General Manager Roberto Silva, “but I’ve seen his passport. His first name is Promise.”
Coach Marcelo Serrano promises the 30-year-old Nigerian striker will be a force.
“Promise is very explosive with the ball near the box, but also likes to hold the ball and play a possession game,” Serrano said. “He has international and national team experience and brings quality play to the club.”
Isaac was a captain on Nigeria’s silver medal-winning team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also wore the armband in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup when his country lost in the title match. He opened the scoring for Nigeria in its 2-1 win over the United States during the group stage.
He appeared in three matches for the Nigerian senior national team, scoring a goal.
Most of the Bold’s half-dozen early signees have suited up for their national squads, including midfielders Valeri Saramutin (Russia), Faris Abdi (Saudia Arabia) and defender Edson Braafheid (Netherlands), who played in the 2010 World Cup final.
Isaac spent 11 seasons with seven Turkish clubs and a season in the top league in Saudi Arabia. In those 12 years, he appeared in 355 matches and scored 79 goals.
After acquiring dual citizenship and permanent residency in the United States, Isaac spent 2018 with Georgia Revolution FC of the NPSL, scoring seven goals in 13 matches.