Forward Madison FC has signed 22-year-old midfielder Justin Sukow, adding an attacking force to its 2021 roster. Sukow, who spent the 2020 season with Reno 1868 of the USL Championship, said he wants to add a fighting spirit and energy to the team.
“I want to be a player that’s going to fight for the team and do whatever it takes to get a win,” Sukow said.
Sukow’s signing marks the fifth midfielder Forward Madison has added to its 2021 roster. According to head coach Carl Craig, Sukow’s dynamic playstyle could make him a successful player as an attacking midfielder or left winger.
“He’s powerful, has quick feet, is a great athlete and is good on the ball,” Craig said. “He’s keen to work. He goes about his work quietly and he’s just a great athlete.”
The San Antonio native grew up playing for Lonestar SC and Ronald Reagan High School, before committing to the University of South Carolina in 2017 and then transferring to Loyola-Chicago in 2019. At South Carolina, Sukow was a starter for 27 matches and scored five goals during his freshman year. Sukow continued to be an asset at Loyola where he started in all 20 games and scored nine goals.
Sukow was a late edition for Reno in 2020, signing in September, and ultimately didn’t make an appearance for a team that finished first in the USL Championship regular season standings. As he returns to the Midwest, Sukow said he’s ready to work and bring a title to the city of Madison.
“I just want to do whatever I can to get on the field, fight for the team and score some goals,” Sukow said. “I think the main goal for the team is to win a championship and have that for the fans in Madison.”
Sukow’s signing will be confirmed pending league and federation approval.