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    Pali Blues News Release -

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    The Pali Blues are excited to announce that goalkeeper Anna Picarelli will return to the team for her third W-League season. Along with her, the Blues are also thrilled to announce the addition of midfielder Ashley Nick, who helped the USC Trojans to a national championship in 2007.

    Picarelli has been a long-time member of the Italian Women’s National Team with 43 total international appearances. She has played with the Blues since 2011, and has become a key player both on and off the field for the Blues organization.

    Picarelli shared her thoughts on playing her third season with the Pali Blues.

    “I think this season is going to be the most exciting season so far,” she said. “Charlie is putting together a great group of girls both talent wise and personality wise. The talent may be younger on average than last year’s, but I believe the potential we have as a group is off the charts."

    Blues head coach Charlie Naimo will look for her to be a leader on a team primarily comprised of collegiate players.

    “It is great to have Anna back,” he said. “She is the voice at the back and a true leader on and off the field. I am confident she will lead this year’s group to similar defensive results as last year.”

    The leadership role is one that Picarelli is also embracing ahead of the season in hopes of winning the Blues’ third championship in six seasons.

    “I am more excited for this year for a couple reasons,” she said. “First off, last year ended bittersweet, losing in the finals in a penalty kick shootout, so the redemption of regaining W-League championship is fueled to the max. Secondly, I am looking forward to being able to share my career experiences with this younger group of players and I hope that I can help them reach their true potential. I plan to give it my all to be true captain alongside the other captains and create an environment that encourages the girls and sets a professional standard for the group.”

    Nick was named an All-American in 2007 when she led the USC Trojans to a College Cup championship. She was twice named to the All-Pac 10 First Team while at USC, and finished her collegiate career with 11 goals and 11 assists.

    After college, Nick went on to play professionally in Europe where she starred for Dutch side FC Twente. As captain of the team, she led her club to its first-ever Vrouwen Eredivisie league title in 2011. The following year, she played for Norwegian side Anna Bjornar, where she was named the Biggest Impact Player.

    Nick has taken a job at her alma mater as Director of Operations for the women’s soccer team, and is glad to be able to continue her playing career with the Pali Blues.

    “I was interested to challenge myself in a new way and help my Trojan Family as the Director of Operations and still be able to challenge myself on field as a footballer,” she said. “The Pali Blues have been a strong team with a competitive environment for years so that helped my decision to take the job at USC, knowing I would still be happy on the field.

    “I am looking forward to playing in America again and offering what I have gained as a player playing abroad and continue to learn from Charlie and the talented roster,” she added.

    Naimo is thrilled to add her to the roster to improve in some areas of weakness for the team last year.

    “Ashley gives us versatility and has tremendous presence,” he said. “Her ability to keep the ball will help us establish the flow we did not have at times last season. She is a great pro as well, and it never hurts to have a natural left-sided player that can dominate in the air.”

    The Blues will kick off the season with a home game at Palisades High School against the LA Strikers on May 18 at 7 p.m. PT. Information on tickets can be found at

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    Reading United News Release --

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    READING, Pa. – Ged Quinn has been an ever present, calming force in Reading since his arrival in 2008 as the team's central defender, from Lenoir Rhyne College. Now he will be tasked with providing that same level of professionalism and knowledge as he transitions into the role of Associate Head Coach for Reading United.

    The former Sunderland Youth Academy product enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Lenoir Rhyne (named a 2006 All-American) prior to his arrival in Reading where he was one of the key building blocks of new head coach Brendan Burke's fledgling PDL coaching career, when he joined Reading in 2008. Together with Coach Burke, Quinn helped lead Reading to their first PDL playoff berth and an unexpected run to the PDL Final Four.

    Over the next four years, Quinn used his on-field skill and off-field calming personality to help Brendan Burke to the most successful five year stretch of the Reading franchise, highlighted by playoff berths all five years, consecutive straight US. Open Cup berths (tying a US national amateur record) and helping numerous Reading players prepare for the jump from PDL to the top professional leagues in the United States. More recently, Quinn has acted as the team assistant coach, while also doubling as team leader as a player on the field. Together with Technical Director Troy Snyder, Quinn has filled in for Head Coach Brendan Burke and will now be tasked with a more prominent role as Associate Head Coach.

    "Having Ged Quinn's continued involvement with Reading will be a tremendous asset to the Reading United family," said Reading President Art Auchenbach. "Having started my own active involvement with Reading at the same time as Ged, it’s great to have his experience and leadership in Reading to help us maintain continued PDL success. He is an ideal candidate to continue the coaching standard set by Brendan Burke."

    Head coach Brendan Burke's new role as full time assistant coach with Reading's Player Development Partner, Philadelphia Union (MLS), will mean his practice and game involvement in Reading will be limited. Ged will assume the associate head coaching role to partner with Brendan and continue the same practice and game expectations Reading players, fans, and management have become accustomed to seeing.

    "Ged has been an integral part of building this program over the last five years," said Burke. "He has not only been one of our top players but more importantly a recruiter and assistant coach who has a very clear idea of the expectations and standards that we expect to maintain. He has played a part in most of our major decisions as a personal confidant and we have similar views on the game and player personnel. There are very few people who I would have no hesitation in working with in this capacity and Ged is at the top of that list. I am excited for Ged to start the next phase in his coaching career with us now as I expect it to be the first step of many for him.”

    In addition to his PDL duties, Quinn will continue his role as Director of Operations for local youth club Rage Soccer Club, where he oversees club operations in addition to coaching the club's youth. The England FA Qualified and USSF 'B' licensed coach has also seen success with the club’s Super 'Y' teams, who have been perennial contenders in the USL Super Y League.

    “I’m very excited at the prospect of stepping up as Associate Head Coach at Reading United," Quinn said. "I have enjoyed five seasons as a player at the club and look forward to the challenges involved within this new role. I would like to thank Brendan, Art, Troy and the rest of the Reading United Organization for providing me with such a great opportunity not only as a player under Brendan but moving forward as part of the coaching staff."

    Trialists interested in getting a flavour of Ged’s coaching style and expectations will witness first hand as Ged will lead a contingent of coaches affiliated with Reading United, YSC Sports, and the Philadelphia Union during the March 9 & 16 Reading United PDL tryouts. All players interested in trying out for the 2013 PDL or Super 20 team are encouraged to pre-register at

    Reading United kickoff their 2013 PDL campaign on May 11 at 7PM against the Westchester Flames. Tickets are available at Reading United offer 2013 Game Day Youth Packages, Group Discount Packages, Birthday Parties and Fundraising Ticket Packages. Contact Denise Strohmayr at for all your group needs. 

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    Charleston Battery News Release --

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery defeated Coastal Carolina University 2-1 in a preseason scrimmage Thursday evening at Blackbaud Stadium. 2012 USL PRO Rookie of the Year Jose Cuevas led the way, scoring both Battery goals to take his preseason tally to five.

    Cuevas opened the scoring in the 10th minute after a flicked header from forward Heviel Cordoves. The ball squirmed past the Coastal Carolina goalkeeper and Cuevas tapped in from close range.

    The Battery withstood a spell of pressure from Coastal after going ahead and cleared the ball off the line twice in a five-minute span midway through the half. Forward Dane Kelly almost doubled Charleston’s advantage just before halftime after running through onto a long pass. Kelly flicked a shot at goal but Coastal’s goalkeeper managed to palm the ball away.

    Coastal equalized just before the hour-mark, but the Battery restored their lead within 10 minutes. In the 65th minute, Cuevas collected a through-ball, rounded the last defender and drilled the ball home from an acute angle.

    The Charleston Battery continue their USL PRO preparations next Friday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. match against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Stadium in Cary, N.C.

    All remaining preseason home games are free to attend except for Saturday, March 23 against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Tickets for this rematch of the 2012 USL PRO Championship game are $7 for bleacher seats and $12 for club seats with group discounts available; to purchase tickets or for more information please visit or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).

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    Michigan Bucks News Release --

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    PONTIAC, Mich. -- The Michigan Bucks will host their fifth annual College Challenge at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac on Saturday, March 23 and this year will also be a participant. For the first time, the Bucks will field a team that will join soccer power house University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan and Oakland University in a three game format that will allow soccer fans admission to the entire day's events for only $8. For the fourth consecutive year, the College Challenge will be sponsored by adidas, with the first 250 kids receiving a FREE Michigan Bucks/adidas College Challenge t-shirt. In addition, the Bucks will be raffling off FREE autographed merchandise, adidas MLS game balls and replica jerseys between each match.

    The afternoon schedule will begin with U of M hosting No. 8 ranked Notre Dame (1:20 p.m. kickoff), followed by Oakland University taking on the Fighting Irish (3 p.m. kick off) and ending with the local marquee matchup of the OU Golden Grizzlies taking on the host Michigan Bucks (4:40 p.m. kickoff). All three games will be abbreviated 70 minute matches and will be played on the Bucks home stadium field in the perfect weather of indoor Ultimate Soccer Arenas.

    The Fighting Irish come into the tournament as the highest-profile and highest-ranked team and are coming off of one of their best seasons ever under head coach Bobby Clark. Notre Dame lost a heart breaker to eventual NCAA champion Indiana in double overtime in last fall's NCAA tournament. Michigan began the Chaka Daley era at the helm of the Wolverines with a modest regular season, coming on strong to defeat Niagara in the NCAA tournament before falling 2-1 to powerhouse Akron on the road in the second round. Wolverine and Michigan Bucks standout goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (2012 PDL Goalkeeper of the Year) lead's the Wolverine team back into Ultimate Soccer Arenas for the opening match of the day. Former Wolverines and Bucks defender Kofi Opare was drafted and signed by the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer in January.

    Eric Pogue leads his Oakland Grizzlies up against Notre Dame in the middle game of the day and his Summit League Champions will welcome the stern test that will pit his young players against a veteran Notre Dame side. Midfielder Miche'le Lipari leads the Grizzlies at OU and looks to find a starting role with the Bucks this summer. The Michigan Bucks will field a team of veteran players themselves when they take on OU in the main event of the College Challenge presented by adidas.

    Leading the Bucks into the match will be the PDL's all time leading scorer, Kenny Uzoigwe. Kenny will be joined by a host of former Oakland University standouts, including former PDL Defender of the Year, Stew Givens, last year's PDL assist leader Tom Catalano and defensive specialist Sebby Harris. Playing in his final game for the Michigan Bucks is Rochester native Simon Omekanda, who began his career with the Bucks as a high school senior and played with the team while attending Penn State University. After graduation, Omekanda went on to play professionally in Europe for several seasons before coming back to lead the Bucks as co-captain the past two seasons.

    Tickets for the College Challenge are $12 Adults and $9 Youth (16 and under) at the gate. Children 5 and under are always free to Bucks games. Discounted tickets can be purchased for only $8 by purchasing online at or visiting Ultimate Soccer Arenas before game day. College students with a valid student ID will be admitted at the gate for only $6. Anyone interested in purchasing group tickets (20 or more) can do so for only $6 each. These tickets must be purchased all at once and before game day by contacting Bucks Director of Operations Sherwin Connell at (917) 325-9345 or e-mailing to

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  • 03/08/13--11:51: Wallace Joins Hammerheads
  • Wilmington Hammerheads News Release --

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads have officially announced defender Jamel Wallace as the first new addition to the Hammerheads' squad for the upcoming 2013 USL PRO season. Wallace will make his debut with the Hammerheads after a season with San Diego Boca FC in 2012.

    Although this is Wallace’s inaugural season with the Hammerheads, it is not his first appearance in USL PRO. Wallace made 16 appearances with the Richmond Kickers in 2011, when Richmond reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup and USL PRO Playoffs.

    “I am looking forward to having Jamel on the field this season,” said Hammerheads head coach David Irving. “He traveled with us during our recent tour in Turkey - giving him the opportunity to play with a select group of our returning players this season. I believe he will prove to be a real strength to the roster.”

    Prior to Wallace’s transition into USL PRO, he had a one-year stint with the Kitsap Pumas of the USL Premier Development League in 2010. That same year, Wallace was drafted by the Seattle Sounders in the fourth round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

    During his collegiate career at San Diego State University, he made 69 appearances; scoring seven goals and adding one assist. Wallace was Tri-Captain in 2009, earned All-Pac-10 (Second Team) in 2008 and All-Pac-10 (Honorable Mention) in 2007.

    For more information, please contact the Wilmington Hammerheads at (910) 777-2111 or visit

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    USL PRO Feature

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Having made more than 400 appearances in the English Premier League, and represented his country on the international stage, it would be easy for Warren Barton to relax and enjoy his work with Fox Soccer.

    What many people may not realize, however, is Barton’s passion to give back to the game. While still a player in England, Barton began taking coaching courses, eventually earning his UEFA PRO license, the highest coaching badge available. Now, as the new General Manager of the Los Angeles Blues, he is aiming to put his knowledge and experience to good use as the Blues seek to contend for the USL PRO Championship this season.

    “I’ve obviously put in a lot of attention to the Blues and their organization,” Barton said by phone recently. “[I’ve] seen the ambition and some of the frustration they’ve had in the last year or so, and just had a meeting with the owner, and it looked like an ideal opportunity for myself, the LA Blues and for some of the people who have been with the [San Diego] Flash. They’ve done very well, and it seemed the obvious stepping stone and opportunity.

    “[The Blues have] good potential, good ideas, very similar to what we had at the Flash, so the next stage was to learn USL PRO. It’s a very competitive league, a very strong league, a well-organized league, and it was an opportunity for me that I was very appreciative to take.”

    Barton has already gained experience in managing and leading a club with the San Diego Flash, of whom he is a part-owner. The Flash have had success, winning their division in each of the past two seasons, and Barton is aiming to achieve similar accomplishments with the Blues. To aid him in that endeavor he has enlisted the help of Coach Jesus Rico-Sanz, who is set to lead the club into the 2013 season.

    “He’s phenomenal,” Barton said of Rico-Sanz. “He’s got experience at this level, I think he has an understanding of the U.S. culture and what it takes to get players fit. He’s second to none in the areas of fitness and conditioning work, and he knows the game, he’s a great student of the game. He wants to work, and he’s hungry like I am. We’re hungry to improve, we’re hungry to learn, and I’ve been very fortunate to have the likes of Jesus.”

    Barton is also pleased to have a number of holdovers from the Blues’ 2012 squad that narrowly missed out on a place in the playoffs. Forward George Davis IV is back with the side after his loan to Orlando City last season, while midfielders Allan Russell and Ricky Waddell will provide stability and leadership in midfield. The club also recently re-signed defenders Matt Hall and Cory Russell, who both return for their second seasons.

    “This league is very demanding, not only the travelling but the level as well, so you need some character, you need the leaders, and the players you’ve mentioned have got that,” Barton said. “That was the idea when I first walked through the door, finishing eighth or ninth is not good enough for the LA Blues, and particularly for the owner, who’s put a lot of money and time into the franchise, so I wanted leaders, I wanted people that understood about togetherness, character and leadership qualities, and we’ve got that with these players.”

    Barton joins the Blues as USL PRO enters a new era, with the league’s partnership with Major League Soccer marking a major new initiative for soccer in North America. With two MLS clubs in Los Angeles, both of whom the Blues have scrimmaged this preseason, the opportunity is available for the club to enter into a partnership as four of its counterparts in the league have already, and Barton is hopeful the Blues will be able to strike a partnership locally.

    “Obviously the LA Galaxy would be a great opportunity,” Barton said. “I know Chris Klein, I know Bruce Arena and David [Sarachan] at the club, so hopefully with me, they respect me, they know how I would work and how I would expect players to train and behave, and I think it’s magnificent that USL has done that.

    “I think it gives everyone a level opportunity, a great understanding, and a pyramid, and that’s what Jurgen Klinsmann has been beating the drum on, that you need to have divisions, that you need to have the levels of players competing at the best level they can. … I think it’s very enterprising, what USL has done for the league.”

    Barton isn’t the only member of the Fox Soccer team who is currently playing a role in American soccer. His co-panelist and good friend Eric Wynalda has been hands-on in working to help the Atlanta Silverbacks find success, and Barton aims to be as involved as possible in building the Blues into a force in USL PRO. While his schedule for Fox can be demanding, such as overseas travel to announce UEFA Champions League contests, Barton is committed to being as involved as possible.

    “The home games are something that are quite feasible, I work and live in Los Angeles so that’s not a major problem,” Barton said. “The away games, we’re working on the travel and seeing where we can coincide. [But the Blues’ coaches] have the same mentality I have, they have the same commitment, and if we’ve done our job through preseason and throughout the season, the players should be able to do their job.

    “I’m committed, Ali [Mansouri] the owner knows that, he knows what my intentions are, and anyone who knows me knows I wouldn’t put my name to it, and time and effort, if I wasn’t going to be around. I’ve been at least twice a week on the training ground, but that’s why I have people like Jesus, because I trust him. They’re good people, so I know if I have to walk away, they’re in good hands.”

    And that travel can have its benefits as Barton continues to try and learn about the game and improve as a coach and general manager.

    “I love being around players, I love understanding the game and learning, and I’m learning all the time,” he said. “I spent an hour with Sir Alex Ferguson when I was in Madrid, and for 10 minutes with Mourinho, just talking about the game and how much it keeps evolving, it keeps changing, it keeps moving forward and challenging your mind at different levels, and that’s why I want to be involved. It would be quite easy to do Fox, sit on the beach, but I want to give something back to a career and a sport that gave me the opportunity, and I love every minute of it.” 

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    Pali Blues News Release -

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    LOS ANGELES – The Pali Blues are pleased to welcome defender Satara Murray and forward Makenzy Doniak to the team for the 2013 W-League season. The players come from two of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best programs in UNC and Virginia, respectively. Murray was one of the best players at the 2012 College Cup final in which she tallied a goal and an assist, while Doniak is coming off an impressive first year at Virginia where she finished the season second in points on the team.

    Murray is a defender who missed some matches in the beginning part of her freshman year due to injury, but became a key player toward the end of the season. By contrast, this past season she played a huge role for UNC, ending the season with an outstanding performance in the College Cup championship. She assisted the opening goal two minutes into the match, and then scored one of her own in the second half to secure UNC’s 22nd national title.

    “I absolutely can't wait to live in California over the summer and to play with some of the best collegiate players,” Murray said. “I've tried this before playing for another team [Colorado Pride] and I completely enjoyed it. So I am really looking forward to playing with the Blues.”

    Pali Blues head Coach Naimo talked about what Murray brings to the team.

    “Having a strong team defensively is important to our philosophy,” he said. “Adding the defensive MVP of the College Cup is a step in repeating our performance from a year ago. Satara will add versatility, personality and athleticism to this year's team."

    Doniak, from Chino Hills, Calif., was named an ACC All-American in 2012 after an impressive freshman season in which the Cavaliers took the conference championship. She finished the year second in points with 10 goals and eight assists while appearing in all 24 games. Doniak has also represented the USA with the U-18 and U-20 Women’s National Teams.

    “I am very excited to play with the Blues in the summer,” she said from La Manga, Spain, where the U-20 WNT is competing in the 12 Nations Tournament. “I am expecting a very competitive environment that will help me improve as a player. I also look forward to playing with such great athletes fairly close to my home.”

    Naimo shared his thoughts on acquiring Doniak.

    “Signing Makenzy is a big deal for us," he said. “She was a top forward in the ACC this past season, and scoring more goals is a priority for us this year. She will impact that goal.”

    The Blues will begin the quest for the third W-League championship at home when they host cross-town rival LA Strikers FC on May 18 at 7 p.m. at Palisades High School. Fans can learn more about the team, view the schedule, and purchase tickets at

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    Orlando City News Release --

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando City SC faces cross-state rival the Tampa Bay Rowdies this Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. In the inaugural ‘I-4 Derby’, a home-and-away series between the two clubs, Orlando looks to gain further traction heading into the 2013 USL PRO regular season.

    The last time the two clubs met, the Lions defeated the Rowdies 2-0 in the conclusion of the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic on February 23. Goals from midfielder Jamie Watson and forward Dennis Chin led the way for Orlando, while goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and the City backline held their own against the Rowdies attack, keeping their first clean sheet in the PSC against their cross-state opposition.

    The Lions have made roster moves since the last meeting against the Rowdies, adding Orlando City U23s captain Jonathan Mendoza and University of Tampa standout Brian Fekete to the squad. Both had previously been on trial with Orlando before signing with the team. Defender Jerome Mechack was also signed by Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Sporting Kansas City after spending most of the 2013 preseason on trial.

    Tampa Bay comes into the game led by Head Coach Ricky Hill, who heads into his second season with the club. Hill led Tampa Bay to a record of 12-9-7 in the 2012 regular season before making a run in the playoffs, topping Minnesota Stars FC 3-2 on penalty kicks to claim the championship. Lion fans will remember Rowdies standout midfielder Luke Mulholland, who won USL PRO Rookie of the Year after notching nine goals and five assists for the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2011.

    The I-4 Derby was announced this past November after continuous fan suggestion of creating a strong rivalry between the two franchises. The Lions and Rowdies, both recent champions, are both top-flight clubs that show the rapid growth of the beautiful game in the sunshine state.

    Tickets for the first match in Orlando can be purchased now by calling (855) ORL-CITY, while tickets for the second match in Tampa Bay will go on sale at a later date and will be able to be purchased through Tickets for the Orlando match will not be included as a part of the OCSC season ticket package, but discounts will be available for season ticket holders.

    The two sides will meet again on March 30 for the second leg of the derby in St. Petersburg, Fla. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium. The Lions will also continue their preseason against local college teams, including Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast and Rollins College. For the full preseason schedule, visit

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  • 03/09/13--22:46: Orlando Defeats Tampa Bay
  • Orlando City News Release --

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite being down a goal at halftime, Orlando City rallied back to beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-2 in the first leg of the I-4 Derby sponsored by United World Soccer at the Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl on Saturday night. The Lions scored in the 49th, 58th and 70th minutes and withstood a late score by the Rowdies to complete the comeback victory.

    “Our response in the second half was positive, we moved the ball quickly and opened them up,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “The game could’ve been out of sight with the amount of chances we had, but certainly glad of the 3-2 result after being down one-nil at halftime.“

    Orlando put the pressure on Tampa Bay early and often, creating chances for the Lions in the first half. Midfielder Jamie Watson was on the end of a few scoring chances in the first 10 minutes, having two shots on goal with one skipping inches left of the post for the Lions.

    Tampa got on the board first, however, with a bad giveaway from the Orlando City backline leading to the score. Tampa Bay forward Amani Walker took advantage of the poor passing by the City backline, slotting home the goal to give the Rowdies a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

    City continued to pressure throughout the rest of the first half, with the Lions holding a 12 -2 advantage in shots as the halftime whistle blew with the Rowdies still ahead.

    Orlando got on the board immediately starting the second half, with Watson converting a corner kick to even the score. New signee Freddie Braun sent in the corner leading to the score, with the midfielder slotting home his finish.

    The Lions offensive continued, with another goal coming in the 58th minute. After forward Long Tan’s strike was deflected back in the middle of the pitch by Tampa Bay goalkeeper Andrew Fontein, midfielder James O’Connor half-volleyed the deflection into the lower left-hand corner to give Orlando a 2-1 advantage. Forward Jean Alexandre also got on the scoreboard in the second half, with the striker chipping his breakaway opportunity up and over Fontein for the score and 3-1 lead.

    Tampa Bay wasn’t done, with 2011 USL PRO Rookie of the Year Luke Mulholland converting on a free kick in the 75th to put the Rowdies back in contention. The consistent Orlando attack was too much as the game wore on, with the match ending in a 3-2 victory for the Lions.

    The Lions continue the 2013 preseason in a series of collegiate friendlies, starting with University of Stetson this Wednesday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, Fla. Orlando will also meet Florida Gulf Coast, Rollins College and the University of Tampa before the Lions square off against the Rowdies in the second leg of the I-4 Derby presented by United World Soccer in St. Petersburg, Fla., at Al Lang Stadium on March 30.

    For all game information and times of matches, visit

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    Dayton Dutch Lions News Release -

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    DAYTON, Ohio - The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are happy to announce the return of Wright State’s Emilie Fillion and Sarah Gross, Xavier’s Taylor Dearbaugh and Northern Kentucky’s Kelsey Zwergel for the 2013 W-League season.

    Fillion, a forward, was selected to the Horizon League’s 2012 All-Tournament Team after scoring seven goals and adding three assists in 20 games. She took a total of 40 shots, 19 on goal.

    “With her work ethic and high level of mobility Fillion will fit perfectly in the style of play we want to apply," Dutch Lions Head Coach Sid van Druenen said. "She was our top scorer last season and I expect her to do the same this year.”

    Gross, a midfielder, played in 18 games during her college season, scoring three goals and registering 12 shots.

    “Gross has a great mentality and always expects the best from herself, her teammates and her coaches. That’s exactly the mentality I expect from my players," van Druenen said. "It will be her third year with the club so she knows what to expect from the league. With her technique and creativity she is the kind of midfielder that can decide a game for us.”

    Also a midfielder, Dearbaugh played and started in all 19 games for Xavier on 2012, scoring once and registering 25 shots.

    “Dearbaugh has great technique," van Druenen said. "Her first touch, vision and passes are great. It is my expectation that this will create a lot of chances for us and she should be one of the top players in this league when it comes to assists.”

    Zwergel, a defensive midfielder, started all 17 games for Northern Kentucky, registering 36 shots. She scored twice and added three assists.

    “Zwergel has everything I look for in a controlling midfielder: speed, strength, great ball stealer, good positioning and she has a good shot from distance," van Druenen said. "I expect her to be an leader for this team!”

    van Druenen is excited about having the quartet back for the 2013 W-League season. 

    “All of the [players] mentioned above had the level of commitment and determination that we expect from our players and I am happy that they will be playing for the Dutch Lions again for the upcoming season," he said. "For the continuity of the program it is important that we have some returning players for the 2013 season, as they know me, the club and the league. I expect every one of these players to set an example for all the new players.”

    The Dutch Lions W-League team will open the 2013 regular season  on the 25 of May at Beavercreek High School against the Charlotte Lady Eagles. For more information please visit

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    Carolina Elite Cobras News Release –

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Simpsonville South Carolina native Blakely Mattern has signed with the Carolina Elite Cobras for the 2013 W-League season. Mattern brings an exceptional level of soccer to the second-year team, having been drafted by the Atlanta Beat of the WPS and having played for FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie, as well as having an impressive collegiate career at the University of South Carolina.

    At USC she was a two-time All-American, the 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and a four-time All-SEC selection.

    "I am extremely excited that Blakley has chosen to play with the Cobras. She will be a great asset to this young team,’ Cobras General Manager and Head Coach Sandy Burris said. "Her leadership qualities and her desire to be the best at training, on and off the field, will prove to be valuable to our team.

    "She is well known in Columbia as a Gamecock and we hope she will make the same impact as a Cobra. I am sure there will be no shortage of fans in Greenville to watch their hometown product."

    To follow continuing developments, announcements, and community activities for the team follow on facebook at:, on Twitter @CE_Cobras, or at



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  • 03/12/13--09:17: Dutch Lions Appoint Bal
  • Dayton Dutch Lions News Release --

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    DAYTON, Ohio – Dayton Dutch Lions FC has appointed its new coaching staff for the upcoming 2013 season in USL PRO. The staff will exist of Patrick Bal (Head Coach), Jack Hermans (Assistant Coach) and Erik Tammer (Assistant Coach).

    Patrick Bal, a 31-year-old native of the Netherlands, is very familiar with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC, having worked for the club since 2011. Last year he was Assistant Coach for the USL PRO team. He became Director of Coaching and Technical Manager in August 2012 after Ivar van Dinteren returned to the Netherlands.

    In the Netherlands, Bal played for the youth academies of professional clubs FC Utrecht (Premier League) and Almere City FC (Second Division), where he made his debut at the age of 16. Bal coached multiple years in the youth academy of Almere City FC in the highest youth divisions of the Netherlands before moving to the United States. Prior to joining the Dutch Lions, Bal worked in New Jersey and played college soccer for Middlesex County College.

    “I am excited by the challenge and great opportunity of being named head coach of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC for the 2013 season," Bal said. "After working for the club in several roles, including assistant coach last season, it was an easy decision to accept the offer. I’m looking forward to working with Jack Hermans and Erik Tammer to make the 2013 season the most successful season in our club’s young history.”

    When asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, Bal responded, “The club wants to play the ‘Dutch’ style of soccer based on player development and an offensive and creative soccer style. We want to be dominating and play offensively. It’s a huge challenge for the players and coaching staff to make this happen.  USL PRO is a strong league with a lot of teams that are really competitive with each other. We want to build on the second half of last season and fight for a playoff spot”.

    Bal is asstisted by Jack Hermans, who has been part of the coaching staff since the start of the club in March 2010. Hermans has more than 20 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as Head Coach of Xavier University. Also added to the staff is Erik Tammer, who played 12 years of professional soccer (more than 300 games) in the Netherlands for Ajax, Utrecht, Heerenveen, Sparta, Go Ahead Eagles, Excelsior and ADO Den Haag. Tammer received his UEFA C coaching license in 2011.

    “I believe this year we have a good mix of talent, coaching experience and playing experience," Dutch Lions FC President Mike Mossel said. "We wanted to build off the second half of the 2012 season, where we were unbeaten our last 7 home games as well as reaching the quarterfinal of the US Open Cup. With 12 of our players likely returning from last year we feel that Patrick and Jack are the best option to continue this process from day one, instead of starting over like we did in the last three seasons.

    "Every year we have struggled in the beginning to get to the level that we want, but with most guys returning and the addition of some high level and experienced players, I feel we have our best team (on paper) ever. Patrick knows what the club is all about and what we expect, and I am confident he will do an excellent job. I know he is young (31) but that’s why we have Jack Hermans and Erik Tammer to assist him."

    The Dayton Dutch Lions FC kick off their season at home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Beavercreek High School Stadium. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Dayton Dutch Lions FC, please visit

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    Colorado Rapids Women News Release -

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Colorado College standouts Jessie Ayers and Kate Scheele have joined the Colorado Rapids Women’s roster for the 2013 W-League season.

    Both Ayers and Scheele are coming off a successful season for the CC Tigers, who were 14-3-5. Scheele featured in the net 12 times for the Tigers and made 49 saves. She is also an active member of the U.S. U-18 Women’s National team and was also a part of the Seattle Sounders Women in the 2012 W-League.

    Scheele expressed her excitement about joining the Rapids organization.

    “I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to play with the Colorado Rapids Women this upcoming season," she said. "Being able to join such an incredible group of players and program is a dream come true.”

    Ayers also had an exceptional season with the Tigers, scoring seven goals from the midfield. She was named an NCAA All-American and was part of the Conference USA All-Conference team. She was also named Midfielder of the Year in Conference USA for the second consecutive year.

    Ayers also expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming season.

    “The Colorado Rapids Women have an outstanding program and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team," she said. "It’s going to be an exciting season.”

    Ayers and Scheele will join a strong group of returning Rapids Women players who are hoping to build on a strong first season in the W-League. Rapids Women Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici is thrilled to add these two talented athletes to the squad.

    “Jessie and Kate are not only good players now but they are true professionals in the making," Clitnovici said. "Jessie is a player I wanted to bring to the Rapids Women last season but we couldn’t do it for one reason or another, and after proving again that she is a quality player with Colorado College, I’m happy to finally have her on board.

    "Kate is a good young keeper that possesses enormous talent and she is already in the spotlight with the national teams. She is really someone to be watched for the present and the future, I have full confidence in her ability for the 2013 season."

    The Rapids Women kick off their season on May 25 with the “Derby” Home opener against the Colorado Rush. For more Information about the Colorado Rapids Women please visit their website at: and keep an eye on the Colorado Rapids Women’s Facebook page at:

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    Wilmington Hammerheads News Release --

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    WILMINGON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads have officially announced the re-signing of defender Tom Parratt for the 2013 USL PRO regular season. Parratt will return for his third season on the pitch at Legion Stadium as both a player and Camp Director for the Wilmington Hammerheads 2013 Camp Series.

    “I’m delighted to be back for my third season – I love Wilmington,” said Parratt. “My first year here with the team we had a great regular season, but a poor playoff run. Last year we had a poor regular season on the road, but outstanding playoffs in getting to the final, unfortunately falling at the last hurdle. It’s time to put the two together and have both a good regular season and playoffs with a strong push to winning the league championship.”

    Last season, Parratt appeared in 16 regular season matches, recording one assist. The 27-year-old Scotsman then scored the game-winning goal for the Hammerheads in the quarterfinals of USL PRO Playoffs against the Richmond Kickers, scoring in the 90th minute to give Wilmington a 3-2 victory that send the Hammerheads to the semifinals, then later onto the USL PRO Championship Game.

    Off the field, Parratt will be serving as the Wilmington Hammerheads’ 2013 Camp Series Director this season, with assistance from his fellow Hammerheads teammates. Parratt’s experience with the youth soccer program in the Wilmington area over the years marks an asset to the Hammerheads camp program.

    “On top of playing this year, I’m thrilled to be the Hammerheads Camp Director,” said Parratt. “I’ve been heavily involved in the youth side of the game here in Wilmington and know how strong it is. Given that Wilmington is such a soccer-loving community, it is important to encourage its relationship between its pro team and potential stars of the future.”

    Not only is the camp program beneficial to the youth involved, Parratt believes the value and interaction of the experience is influential to all Hammerheads players.

    “It’s uplifting for the players in seeing the support they get from the community and the positive effect that they have on those that they encounter,” he said. “It is exciting for the kids to put names to the faces that they see play in the Hammerheads blue and white. We have the best fans in the league. Being able to play on field and be more involved off field is a prospect that I am looking forward to.”

    The Wilmington Hammerheads will begin their 2013 Camp Series with a Spring Break Camp, March 25-28.

    For more information and camp registration, contact the Wilmington Hammerheads at (910) 777-2111 or visit

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  • 03/13/13--09:46: Phoenix Adds Doue, Vickers
  • Phoenix FC News Release --

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    PHOENIX -- With the inaugural season kicking off in less than two weeks, Phoenix FC added two more players to bring the total roster to 24 players. The Wolves are pleased to have signed former West Virginia University forward Peabo Doue, and former Portland Timbers U-23s midfielder Cameron Vickers to their squad.

    "Our team is really beginning to jell and Peabo and Cam fit in very well," said Phoenix FC Head Coach Dave Robertson. "Cam is lightning quick and Peabo will bring a great scoring threat up front."

    Doue arrives in Phoenix after a solid college career for the Mountaineers. In the past three seasons, he recorded eight goals and 12 assists. A former member of the D.C. United Academy, Doue played in a defensive role during his junior and senior season in Morgantown, W.V., earning All-Mid American Conference Second Team honors as a senior last fall.

    Vickers played in 15 regular-season games for the Timbers U-23s in the PDL in 2012, recording four goals and eight assists as he helped his side reach the Western Conference semifinals. Vickers played his college soccer for Sonoma State University, and recorded three goals and 12 assists in his senior season in 2010.

    These new additions join those already signed by the Wolves, including forward Darren Mackie, defenders Devon Grousis and Cyprian Hedrick, goalkeeper Andrew Weber and forward Danny Toia. Phoenix kicks off its inaugural season in USL PRO on Saturday, March 23 as it visits the LA Blues at 7:30 p.m. PT, with the club’s home opener set for Sun Devil Soccer Stadium against fellow expansion side VSI Tampa Bay FC. 

    For season tickets, visit, and follow the Wolves on Twitter (@PhoenixFCWolves) and Facebook.

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  • 03/13/13--14:57: SYL ODP Performance Testing
  • Super Y-League Feature

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. - At the recent Super Y-League boys and girls ODP National Camps Girls at IMG Academy, more than 300 of the top youth soccer talents from throughout North America participated in a series of performance tests conducted by IMG Academy Physical Conditioning Coach Vinnie Burns. 

    Burns has been with IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. since 2008 and oversaw the vertical jump, beep test and 40-yard sprint with a 10-yard split. Surprisingly, the older age groups (U15/16) didn’t always out-perform the younger participants (U13/14).

    In the vertical jump, IMG staff had the players hold one arm straight up and walk through a measuring device to calculate reach, then measured the vertical jump twice and recorded the best score. The beep test, easily the least popular among the players, consisted of running continuously between two points that were 65 1/2 feet apart. The runs were synchronized to a recording which played beeps at set intervals, and as the test proceeded, the time between each successive beep reduced, forcing players to increase their speed throughout the test. The test ended when the players were unable to keep in sync with the recording, and the score given to the player was the level and stage they reached.

    The final test was the 40-yard sprint with a 10-yard split, in which players were asked to run a full 40-yard sprint twice with the best time recorded.

    The testing done at the Super Y-League ODP National Camps is beneficial for all players looking to play at the next level and beyond. The testing was designed to give the participants a taste of what collegiate and professional athletes go through, and allows Super Y-League players to see how they compare against other players their age and older. Most importantly, every player can see where improvement is needed and set goals. 

    2013 Super Y-League ODP National Camp Testing Top 25

    U13/14 Boys Vertical Leap
    U13/14 Boys Beep Test
    U13/14 Boys 40-Yard Dash

    U15/16 Boys Vertical Leap
    U15/16 Boys Beep Test
    U15/16 Boys 40-yard Dash

    U13/14 Girls Vertical Leap
    U13/14 Girls Beep Test
    U13/14 Girls 40-Yard Dash

    U15/16 Girls Vertical Leap
    U15/16 Girls Beep Test
    U15/16 Girls 40-yard Dash

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  • 03/13/13--14:09: Molino Returns To Orlando
  • Orlando City News Release --

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando City announced Wednesday the re-signing of 2012 USL PRO MVP Kevin Molino, pending USSF approval. The signing comes just over a month before Orlando’s regular-season home opener on April 14th against the Rochester Rhinos, solidifying the squad as the Lions continue their 2013 preseason throughout the month of March.

    “There’s no place better than home, so to speak,” said Molino. “This is the first place I played outside of Trinidad and I look forward to scoring more goals and hopefully winning MVP honors in 2013.”

    Molino rejoins the Lions after an outstanding 2012 season on the field for Orlando. The Trinidad and Tobago international star claimed the USL PRO MVP honors after completing a year that saw Molino lead Orlando to a 50-goal season, an average of more than two per game. He finished the season with seven assists and three goals, but more importantly stretched opponent’s defenses to create more opportunities for the Lions frontline.

    The midfielder began his career in Trinidad and Tobago, with the 22-year-old representing his national team a total of 13 times in his young career. A key figure for Orlando since the team’s beginning in 2011, Molino has totaled more than 2,000 minutes in 44 games played for City over the span of two regular seasons. Molino tested the free agency waters over the 2013 preseason, spending time in Europe with PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands and Zulte Waregem of Belgium along with scoring a goal for Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Cup against the Dominican Republic on December 11.

    The winger will immediately add to the already strong 2013 Orlando City side that Heath has called “his best team yet” in Orlando. On top of the Molino signing, the Lions have added Jean Alexandre, Bryan Burke, Freddie Braun, Brian Fekete and Jonathan Mendoza all within the last month, bringing the roster to a total of 18. Orlando is also expecting to bring on four Sporting Kansas City (MLS) players before the 2013 season start as per an agreement between the two clubs reached earlier in the year.

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  • 03/14/13--17:07: LaBauex Signs With Rochester
  • Rochester Rhinos News Release --

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Rhinos have agreed to terms with midfielder Ross LaBauex for the 2013 USL PRO season. The 24-year-old midfielder graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009, and has played the last three seasons with the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer. LaBauex is expected to join Michael Tanke and 2011 Rhinos MVP Tyler Rosenund in central midfield.

    “Ross is a two-way central midfielder who is going to be able to help us in defense and in the attack,” Rhinos head coach Jesse Myers said. “He’s fast. He’s a tenacious defender who can close down an opponent quickly, and he can tackle. We’re looking for him to join Rosey as a box-to-box midfielder, with Tanke providing some grit for us in central midfield.”

    LaBauex played in 72 matches and made 55 starts for the University of Virginia from 2006 to 2009. He had his best scoring season for the Cavaliers in 2007 when he finished second on the team in goals with seven, and led all returning players with 18 points. In 2009 he was a senior captain and helped lead his team to win the National Championship. As a defensive midfielder he helped the Cavaliers defense post 11 consecutive shutouts during the season, and he was named to the All-ACC Second Team at the end of the season.

    After attending the MLS Combine at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, LaBauex was the Colorado Rapids Second Round (23rd overall) selection in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He made 18 appearances with the club. He was on Colorado’s roster when they won the 2010 MLS Cup, and when they played in the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League.

    “We’re happy with how our midfield is coming together for this season,” said Myers. “We’re bringing back Tyler Rosenlund, J.C. Banks, Michael Tanke, Danny Earls and Chris Estridge from last year’s team, and now we’ve added Ross to that group. We identified some talented midfielders in our combine at TSE last week, and we’re looking to add another piece to this group from MLS. It looks like the New England Revolution could also send us a couple young midfielders. This is shaping up to be a young, deep, talented group which is exactly what we need to be successful in our league.”

    The Rochester Rhinos open training camp on Saturday, March 16th with morning physicals and an afternoon training session at 4PM in Sahlen’s Stadium. The Rhinos first preseason game is on Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. against Canisius College (NCAA Division I). The Rhinos open their 18th season on Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. against Tampa Bay.

    The Rhinos home opener is on Saturday, May 4th at 7 p.m. against Harrisburg City in Sahlen’s Stadium. Season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are currently available, and they can be purchased by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen’s Stadium, or by visiting

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    Orlando City News Release --

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City SC, in cooperation with Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Sporting Kansas City, announced Thursday that four players from Sporting will join the Lions on permanent loan for the 2013 USL PRO season. The players, who will compete for starting roles immediately, include Forward Dom Dwyer, Midfielder Christian Duke, Defender Yann Songo’o and Goalkeeper Joe Kempin. They will be available for play in Orlando’s upcoming collegiate friendlies and the second leg of the I-4 Derby presented by United World Soccer against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 30.

    “We are bringing players in who all want to be on the first team,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “We think that they are going to come in and immediately compete. It’s game on for everybody.“

    The four Kansas City products will be on loan for the 2013 season, but can be recalled at any time for Sporting KC responsibilities throughout the year. The players coming to Orlando results from a partnership completed in January of 2013, with the Lions becoming the official USL PRO affiliate of Sporting KC for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

    2012 MLS SuperDraft first round selection and Sporting’s No. 16 pick Dom Dwyer enhances the Orlando City frontline for the 2013 season. The striker played in nine Reserve League matches last year, scoring two goals for Kansas City. Dwyer’s first competitive minutes were in the club’s 3-2 win over the Lions in the 2012 version of the U.S. Open Cup. The Chuckfield, England, native spent time collegiately at the University of South Florida (USF), leading the Bulls with 16 goals and two assists in 21 games played.

    Sporting KC Academy product and midfielder Christian Duke adds to the already competitive midfield group that Orlando City currently fields. The Overland Park, Kan., native has been a part of the Sporting KC Academy since June of 2007, attending Shawnee Mission South High School at the same time. Duke then attended the University of San Diego Toreros, becoming a consistent starter for the team. As a senior in 2012, the midfielder started all 23 matches for San Diego, earning All-West Coast Conference Second Team honors while leading the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

    Another Kansas City home grown product joins the Lions in 2013, with goalkeeper Jon Kempin to fill the backup slot to Miguel Gallardo. Kempin was Sporting’s first home grown player signing in 2010, making his professional debut the same season as backup to starter Eric Kronberg. Kempin, similar to Dwyer, played in the 3-2 U.S. Open Cup match win over Orlando City last season. The goalkeeper is an active member of the Under-20 and Under-23 National Team pools, being named to the 20-player roster for U20 training camp in Puebla, Mexico in January 2013.

    The final addition to the 2013 squad is defender Yann Songo’o. Son of Cameroon National Team Goalkeeper Jacques Songo’o and brother to Portland Timbers Midfielder Frank Songo’o, Yann was signed to the Sporting side this past December. Songo’o represented Cameroon at the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa, helping his country reach the final and qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

    Orlando continues preseason play against Florida Gulf Coast this Saturday, March 16, at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, Fla. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Admission is free to the complex for the friendly. For more information on everything Orlando City, visit

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    Carolina Elite Cobras News Release –

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    COLUMBIA, SC - The Carolina Elite Cobras have signed a trio of W-League veterans for the 2013 season. Elizabeth Metherell, Hannah Gmerek, and Rachel Baer will look to help lead the Cobras to the playoffs after a strong inaugural campaign in 2012 finishing third in the Southeast Division.

    Metherell, a University of Georgia standout, was a four-year letter winner, an Academic All-American, and finished her career with 35 points including eight goals and 19 assists for the SEC power.

    “We are happy that Elizabeth is making a return to competitive soccer," Cobras head coach Sandy Burris said. "She had a great career as a Bulldog at the University of Georgia and we are expecting nothing less when she steps on the field as a Cobra."

    Gmerek joins the Cobras having starred on and off the field for the College of Charleston Lady Cougars. While in school, Gmerek racked up numerous honors including being named to the Southern Conference All-Conference team in both 2010 and 2011.

    "Hannah is another SC native that has chosen to come home and play in front of her home crowd," stated Burris. "Last year when the Cobras played the Eagles, we saw first-hand the impact she has on the field. I also had a chance to watch her at the College of Charleston. Hannah will definitely add depth and stability to the back line."

    A native of Marietta, Georgia, Rachel Baer played her collegiate soccer at Kennesaw State University. While at KSU, Baer proved herself a formidable player, leading the Owls in goal scoring, and leading the Atlantic Sun Conference in points, goals, shots, shots on goal and game winning goals for the 2008 season.

    "Rachel has proven she has the ability to cause issues for opposing teams," Burris continued. "Playing against her when she was an Eagle was not easy. Being able to have her in a Cobras jersey excites me, especially with the attacking possibilities for our team."

    The Cobras kick off the 2013 season hosting division rival and the 2012 W-League Champion Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday, May 12 at the MESA Soccer Complex. For tickets and to learn more about the Cobras visit Follow us on Facebook at: and on Twitter @CE_Cobras.

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