Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Previous Club: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
College: University of South Florida
Ycaza (EE-kah-zah) enters his first season with the Black and Yellow in 2023. The 26-year-old played his previous two seasons with Western Conference side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. With RGV, Ycaza made 50 appearances across all competitions, tallying seven goals and six assists.
The midfielder was a constant force for RGV last season, leading the team in matches played (35), starts (33), minutes played (2,893) and chances created (44). He also registered an 81.7% passing accuracy, 40 tackles won and 160 duels won. Ycaza’s marks in chances created, tackles won and duels won topped those by Battery players in 2022. Ycaza earned Team of the Week honors for his two-goal performance against San Diego Loyal SC in Week 11.
His versatility has seen him deployed across the midfield, primarily in attacking roles, centrally and on both wings.
Prior to RGV, Ycaza played for former USL Championship teams Austin Bold FC in 2021 and Reno 1868 FC in 2020. The midfielder helped lead Reno to the Western Conference Semifinals of the USL Championship Playoffs.
The Florida native played collegiately at the University of South Florida, competing with the Bulls from 2018 to 2019 and making 35 appearances. Before USF, Ycaza was part of the youth sector of Swedish club IF Brommapojkarn from 2015 to 2016. In joining the Black and Yellow, Ycaza reunites with former Reno teammate Aidan Apodaca and former USF teammate Avionne Flanagan.
Emilio is a dual citizen of Ecuador and the United States.