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    Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery defeated Clemson University 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Blackbaud Stadium in a pre-season scrimmage.  Zach Prince and Adam Mena supplied the goals to lead the Battery to victory.

    Charleston opened the scoring in the 10th minute after striker Heviel Cordoves broke forward down the left side. Cordoves whipped a cross into the middle and Prince snapped his header past the Clemson goalkeeper.

    The Battery doubled its lead in the 35th minute from a corner-kick. Prince curled the ball into the near-post and Mena pulled off his defender and sent a glancing header home.

    Next up for the Battery is a game against Georgia Southern University on Tuesday at Blackbaud Stadium, kick off is set for 11 a.m. ET.

    The Charleston Battery kick off their USL PRO season on March 22 against Orlando City. 2014 Charleston Battery season ticket packages and single game tickets are on sale now; for more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).

    Charleston Battery preseason schedule
    2/19 – vs. Coastal Carolina – Blackbaud Stadium, 1-1 (Teos)
    2/22 –  vs. Seattle Sounders FC – Blackbaud Stadium, 1-2 (Falvey)
    2/26 – vs. D.C. United – Blackbaud Stadium, 1-1 (Ruggles)
    3/1 –  vs. Houston Dynamo – Blackbaud Stadium, 0-2
    3/7 – vs. NAIA All-stars – Blackbaud Stadium, 2-0 (Cordoves (2))
    3/11 – vs. Wilmington Hammerheads – Blackbaud Stadium, 1-0 (Diouf)
    3/13 –  at College of Charleston – Patriots Point 4-1 (Mena (2), Marini, Griffith)
    3/15 – vs. Clemson – Blackbaud Stadium 2-0 (Prince, Mena)
    3/18 – 11am vs. Georgia Southern – Blackbaud Stadium


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    Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are pleased to announce the club has re-signed forward Morgan Langley. The Hawaiian native will return for his fourth season with the club. Langley is poised to be a highly productive player for the Isles in 2014. 

    The 5-foot-10, 150-pound forward had a highly productive 2013 campaign with the Isles. During the 2013 season, Langley appeared in 22 matches, tallying 1,364 minutes on the pitch. He also recorded 12 points on four goals and four assists. The versatile forward has recorded nine goals and six assists during his three years with the Isles.    

    "We are excited to have Morgan back for his fourth season with us, he is coming off his most productive season yet in 2013," said Isles Head Coach Bill Becher.

    Prior to his time in Harrisburg, Langley had a standout collegiate career at Swarthmore College. During his senior season at Swarthmore, Langley produced one of the best offensive seasons in school-history, registering 42 points off of 14 goals and 14 assists. During the same season, Langley was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and was voted First Team All-American by D3soccer.com. 

    With the 2014 USL PRO season rapidly approaching, the Islanders are preparing for yet another action-packed season of soccer. The Isles kick off their season on Saturday, April 5th on the road against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. The Isles home opener is slated for Saturday, April 19th against the Dayton Dutch Lions. For tickets and group packages for the upcoming Islanders season please visit our website at cityislanders.com or call us at 717-441-GOAL (4625).

     


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  • 03/17/14--18:03: Orlando Adds Lopez From SKC
  • Orlando City News Release -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando City SC announced on Friday that the club will receive midfielder Mikey Lopez on loan from Major League Soccer affiliate, Sporting Kansas City.

    Selected in the first round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of North Carolina as a Generation adidas signing, Lopez enters his second professional season in 2014.

    The 21-year-old midfielder made his professional debut for Sporting Kansas City in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and his rookie season was highlighted by his participation in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. He appeared in all three matches for the U.S. in the tournament after helping to lead the United States to a runner-up finish at the U-20 CONCACAF Championship.

    The loan from Sporting marks the second year in which both clubs have held this agreement. Last year, the relationship proved to be fruitful for both sides as Dom Dwyer scored a USL PRO league record 19 goals in 14 games. Upon returning back to Sporting Kansas City, Dwyer went on to the score the game-winning goal to put SKC through to the MLS Cup Final.

    Midfielder Christian Duke and Goalkeeper Jon Kempin, who were also loaned to Orlando last year, will return back to USL PRO as the MLS side has also loaned them to newly added USL PRO club OKC Energy FC for their inaugural season.

    Orlando City and OKC are set to play each other twice this season, with the first fixture taking place in Oklahoma on April 26. Shortly afterwards, the Lions will host the Energy on May 4 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

    Throughout the 2014 campaign, Sporting Kansas City will have the option to recall any of the team’s three players.


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    Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced on Monday that the club's Major League Soccer affiliate Toronto FC has assigned goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, along with midfielders Daniel Lovitz and Manny Aparicio, on loan for the 2014 USL PRO regular season.

    “We feel this will be of great benefit for Quillan, Daniel, and Manny and it will allow them to earn valuable match experience in a professional environment,” said Toronto General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Throughout the course of the season our coaches will make trips to Wilmington to observe our players. We had very productive meetings during preseason with Jason Arnold (general manager) and David Irving (head coach) and really feel comfortable about the environment our players will be developing in.”

    Quillan Roberts, 19, originally signed with Toronto FC on April 10, 2012. Roberts was the seventh player in club history to graduate from the Academy to the first team. He has yet to make a competitive match appearance for Toronto FC.

    Manny Aparicio, 18, originally signed with Toronto FC on August 8, 2013. He became the eighth player in club history to sign for the first team from the Academy. Aparicio has yet to make a competitive match appearance for Toronto FC.

    Daniel Lovitz, 22, was selected by Toronto FC in the second round, 24th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Prior to being drafted, Lovitz spent four seasons at Elon University, making 80 appearances. He recorded nine goals and added 16 assists during his career with the Phoenix.

    “We are excited to continue further into our affiliation relationship with Toronto FC and to have players in Wilmington,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC General Manager Jason Arnold. “This is a great opportunity for player development as well as the continuation on and off the field between Toronto and Wilmington.”

    Wilmington Hammerheads FC will kick off their regular season on Saturday, April 5 at Legion Stadium versus the Harrisburg City Islanders.

    For more information regarding Wilmington Hammerheads FC or to purchase tickets, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.


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    Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are thrilled to announce the club has re-signed veteran midfielder, Jason Pelletier. The local product will return for his seventh season in the blue and white. Pelletier once again proved to be a staple on the pitch for the Islanders last season, and adds valuable leadership skills to the locker room.

    The 5-foot-to, 180-pound midfielder had a highly productive 2013 season for the Isles. During the 2013 season, Pelletier appeared in 22 matches, tallying 1,831 minutes on the pitch. Pelletier also dished-out three assists during the 2013 season. Pelletier stepped into the role of team captain after Bixler's injury half-way through the season. The previous two seasons have also moved Pelletier into the Islander's All-Time Leaderboards in multiple categories including: games played, minutes played, assist, shots, and fouls.

    "Jason will be back for his seventh season with us, he brings a lot of experience to the team. We will be counting on him to be a leader again this season," said Head Coach Bill Becher.

    Pelletier is a product of local Middletown High School, where he played with former Islander Geoff Bloes and won a Class AAA state championship in 2001. Pelletier played collegiately for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. He was a staple in the central midfield for the Colonials, earning All-NEC selections in 2005 and 2006. He was also a Regional and National Olympic Development Program participant.

    With the 2014 USL PRO season rapidly approaching, the Isles are preparing for yet another action-packed season in USL PRO. The Islanders kick off their season on April 5th against the Wilmington Hammerheads FC at Legion Stadium. The Isles' home opener is slated for April 19th against the Dayton Dutch Lions. For tickets and group packages for the upcoming Islanders season please visit our website at cityislanders.com or call us at 717-441-GOAL (4625).


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  • 03/18/14--15:56: Azul, WCSU Reach Agreement
  • CFC Azul News Release -- www.cfcazul.com

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The CFC Azul and Western Connecticut State University announced today the signing of a long-term agreement that will have the PDL team play all its home games at the university. 

    Robin Schuppert, General Manager of the Azul, announced today that with the opening of the 2014 season, the Azul will be moving to the Western Athletic Complex (The WAC) on the Westside campus of WCSU. The Azul play in the Northeast Division of the PDL.

    "WCSU is an outstanding partner and shares our long-term vision for progress, innovation and player development," said Schuppert.

    "We look forward to a new deeply integrated community collaboration to further showcase a high quality of soccer in western Connecticut," said visionary soccer enthusiast and local entrepreneur Peter D'Amico. "Our goal is to train competitive players for the PDL team as well as prepare players for college, university, professional and national team opportunities."

    The relationship features a number of important community initiatives, outreach efforts through partnering on youth soccer and community projects. We want the PDL players to participate in the promotion of the sport of soccer in the surrounding communities.

    James W. Schmotter, WCSU president, welcomed the agreement that brings the team to Western.

    "We're delighted to be able to help AZUL PDL provide the community the opportunity to enjoy a high-quality athletic experience at our Westside Athletic Complex," Schmotter said.

    The Azul will play their home games at the Westside Athletic Complex (WAC) on the Westside campus of WCSU for the 2014 season. The field will be re-surfaced with state-of-the art turf, due to start in May. The Azul will play their first several home games at Danbury High School. 

    The WAC is the ideal venue. It is easily accessible to I-84 and Route 684 and within a 30 minute drive to towns in New York and Connecticut with over 15,000 players involved in active soccer programs.


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    Dayton Dutch Lions News Release -- www.dutchlionsfc.com

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio – The Columbus Crew have announced that five players are set to gain match experience with USL PRO's Dayton Dutch Lions as part of the partnership between the two clubs. Ryan Finley, Kevan George, Ross Friedman and Matt Walker are set to train and play with the Dutch Lions while goalkeeper Brad Stuver will train with Columbus and will dress for the Dutch Lions. All five players may be recalled at any point. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, further terms of the deals were not disclosed.

    “We’re excited about the new partnership with Dayton and the additional opportunities it provides to develop more players on our roster,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “It provides our new professionals with a smoother introduction to the rigors of professional soccer. Other players need minutes and experience to continue their development and Dayton provides them with an opportunity to play games at a very competitive level. And then you have a third group of guys that need confidence and we hope that Dayton provides them an opportunity to play, find some rhythm and ultimately perform.”

    Finley made 14 appearances – including three starts – as a rookie in 2013, scoring one goal and one assist. George has made 18 appearances – including seven starts – in time at defender and midfielder since 2012. Rookie defender Ross Friedman and midfielder Matt Walker, a pair of Homegrown Players, were signed on January 8, 2014 from Harvard University and Xavier University, respectively. Stuver – who spent time with the Crew as an MLS Pool Goalkeeper in 2013 – was selected in the 2013 MLS Waiver Draft on November 25, 2013 and has yet to make his MLS debut.

    This is the second major announcement of the week for the Dutch Lions organization.  On Monday the club announced that Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit would be coming to Cincinnati and Dayton on May 9-11, making appearances at PDL and USL PRO matches in addition to leading youth soccer clinics in the area.

    Further information about Dutch Lions FC matches and events can be found at www.daytondutchlionsfc.com.


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  • 03/19/14--14:34: Energy Add English Defender
  • OKC Energy FC News Release -- www.energyfc.com

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC has announced the signing of defenseman Mark Howard, General Manager Jason Hawkins announced today. Howard most recently played with AGF of the Danish Superliga. Howard’s signing is pending receiving his international transfer clearance.

    Howard played for Manchester United’s junior and reserve teams before transferring to the Danish Superliga’s Brondby IF in 2006. He played three seasons in Brondby before making his move to AGF in 2009.

    “Mark is a very experienced center back coming through the Manchester United academy system,” said Energy FC Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen. “I know him from Denmark, where he played for two of the biggest teams and did very well. He is calm and composed on the ball, good in the air and reads the game very well. He will play a big role both on and off the field for our team this year. I am very happy and proud that Energy FC can bring in a player of Mark’s quality.”

    He began his career playing for Barr Hill Lads Club in his hometown of Salford, England. He prepped at Hope High School, where he played with former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley and former MLS player Mark Redshaw. 

    Season tickets for OKC Energy FC are available by calling the Energy FC office at 405-235-KICK (5425). Energy FC is led by former Sporting Kansas City goaltender and 2013 MLS Cup champion, Jimmy Nielsen. Nielsen was a two-time MLS All Star, the 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, and goalkeeper for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open championship club.


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    Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are pleased to announce the club has re-signed midfielder Jamiel Hardware and goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre. Hardware will return to Harrisburg for his second season with the club after a highly productive rookie campaign in 2013, while Sylvestre, a talented young goalkeeper, will also return for his second season with the club.

    Hardware, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound midfielder, appeared in 25 matches, tallying 464 minutes of playing time during his rookie season in 2013. The Jamaican registered three points on the season off one goal and one assist. The agile midfielder will look to improve on his rookie season and become a key factor in the Isles' 2014 lineup.

    "Jamiel is a young player who did very well for us last year when given an opportunity, we are looking for bigger things from Jamiel this year," said Isles Head Coach, Bill Becher.

    Prior to joining the Isles in 2013, Hardwre played the tailend of the 2012 season with Swedish second division club, Motala AIF. As a member of the Swedish club, Hardware appeared in seven matches, registering one goal. Hardware also had a short collegiate career for Jefferson College in Missouri. He played in eight matches for the Vikings and notched one goal before turning professional.

    Sylvestre, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound goalkeeper, served as the backup net-minder for the City Islanders during the 2013 season. The second-string goalkeeper did not see any playing time in 2013 as starting keeper Nick Noble played every minute of Islander action during the season. Sylvestre aims to improve his skills and continue competing for playing time on the pitch this summer. 

    Prior to joining the Islanders in 2013, Sylvestre played with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, where he was known as a commanding goalkeeper. Sylvestre joined the Whitecaps for their inaugural Major League Soccer season as a homegrown player. Sylvestre is a product of Whitecaps FC Residency, having joined the full-time program back on Feb. 12, 2010. The imposing goalkeeper has also represented the United States at U-17 and U-20 international levels.

    With the 2014 USL PRO season rapidly approaching, the Isles are preparing for yet another action-packed season in USL PRO. The Islanders kick off their season on the road on April 5th against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. The Isles' home opener is slated for April 19th against the Dayton Dutch Lions. For tickets and group packages for the upcoming Islanders season please visit our website at cityislanders.com or call us at 717-441-GOAL (4625).


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    Mississippi Brilla FC News Release -- www.brillasoccer.org

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    CLINTON, Miss. -- Mississippi Brilla FC added two key pieces to its 2014 PDL roster with the signings of Len Smith and Andrew Power, teammates at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Smith and Power bring valuable PDL experience to Brilla, having played for the Midland/Odessa Sockers FC in 2013.

    “We are happy to bring in two quality players in Len and Andrew,” said Head Coach Drew Courtney. “They led Midwestern to a No. 13 national ranking in NCAA Division II, so they come to us with a winning mentality.”

    Smith, a junior forward from Baton Rouge, La., earned second-team All-South Central Region for the second consecutive season after pacing the Mustangs with eight goals and two assists. He netted ten goals as a Sophomore in 2013.

    Power is a junior midfielder from Waterford, Ireland. He is a two-year starter who tallied five goals and two assists in 2013.

    “We believe that Len and Andrew have the potential to be impact players for us this season,” said Rusty Bryant, Brilla President. “We are expecting big things from these college teammates.”

    Mississippi Brilla FC kicks off its eighth PDL season on May 17 against the Panama City Beach Pirates. The match is scheduled for 7 pm at Clinton High School’s Arrow Field. Visit www.brillasoccer.org for ticket information.


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    Charlotte Eagles News Release -- www.charlotteeagles.com

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles are excited to announce the signing of Mario Gomez and Richard Njoh Edimo pending International Transfer Clearance and USSF Approval.

    Gomez, 27, is a native of Bogota, Colombia and most recently played for Deportivo Pasto of the Colombia Primera A, the top division in Colombia. In 2012 Gomez played for Santa Fe when the team won the Torneo Apetura in 2012. Santa Fe advanced to the Semifinals of the 2013 Copa Libertadores before falling to Olympia of Paraguay.

    Gomez comes to the United States after playing nine seasons in the Primera A for clubs Santa Fe, Juventud Soacha, Deportes Quindío and Deportivo Pasto. He scored in his first action for the Eagles in their preseason game against Appalachian State on Tuesday, April 18th. Gomez received a ball from Ben Newnam on the left wing, took on an App State defender before firing into the far right corner of the goal.

    Njoh Edimo, 20, is a native of Douala, Cameroon. He most recently played for Douala Athletic Club after starting his career with the Daga Young Stars in Cameroon. In 30 matches for Douala Athletic Club, Edimo scored 12 goals. In 2012 Njoh Edimo was promoted from the Cameroon U-17 to the U-20 National Team.  

    The young Cameroonian striker was also on trial briefly with Anderlecht of the Belgian Premier League but was not signed by the Belgian club.

    The Charlotte Eagles will kick off the USL PRO regular season on Friday, April 4th against the Dayton Dutch Lions get your tickets HERE.


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    Dayton Dutch Lions News Release -- www.dutchlionsfc.com

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio -- The Dayton Dutch Lions are proud to announce the addition of an artificial playing surface to West Carrollton HS Stadium as part of an ongoing partnership with the West Carrollton City Schools.

    The Dutch Lions previously invested in two grass fields at the same location, but this purchase shows an even greater commitment to the local community and schools. It gives the Dutch Lions youth academy a lighted turf field, allowing them to play year-round. This also brings the entire Dayton Dutch Lions organization, including the men’s USL PRO and women’s USL W-League teams, to a single location for training and matches.

    "It's very rewarding to be able to do something for the West Carrollton community and school district and at the same time finally getting our Dayton Dutch Lions Soccer Complex,” Dutch Lions Group BV President Mike Mossel said. “With putting a turf field in the West Carrollton HS Stadium we are elevating the level of our partnership to a next level. The school has been great to work with from the beginning and I am very proud to be able to say we are their partner.”

    This project would not have been possible without the support of Dr. Suresh Gupta and the Dayton Outpatient Center.

    “It is our enormous privilege to affiliate Dayton Outpatient Center with West Carrolton City Schools and the Dayton Dutch Lions Football Club in order to donate a new surface for the football, soccer, and all sports stadium,” Gupta said. “We are humbled to play a role in this endeavor and look forward to witnessing, alongside parents and local residents, the growth of these athletes as they strive to attain their academic and professional dreams.”

    The field will be officially opened on May 10 when international soccer legend Ruud Gullit, winner of both the World and European Player of the Year awards, comes to West Carrollton for the kickoff of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC and LA Galaxy II match. The first two USL PRO matches will be played at Beavercreek HS while the construction project is being completed.

    The local schools are equally excited about the opportunity and partnership.

    "The Dayton Dutch Lions are the premier soccer organization in the Dayton region,” West Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Rusty Clifford said. “The West Carrollton Schools are ‘Pirate Proud’ to partner with the Dutch Lions so together we can provide excellence in teaching, coaching, and instruction - in the classroom, on the field, and for life."


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    Springfield Demize Feature -- www.demizesoccer.com

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Former Springfield Demize goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg is headed to Major League Soccer. A standout for the Demize over the past two seasons in the PDL, Spangenberg has signed with Chivas USA as he earned the final goalkeeper spot for the MLS side’s upcoming season.

    A native of Valparaiso, Ind., Spangenberg began playing soccer at the age of five, and tried various positions, yet knew by the age of 12 that he wanted to focus on being a goalkeeper. When asked why he chose goalkeeping, Spangenberg joked, “there is less running”.

    On a serious note, the position came naturally to Spangenberg as he developed, and he enjoyed the challenge brought by the hand-eye coordination that comes with the position.

    “You also need to be a bit crazy to enjoy having soccer balls kicked hard and fast at you,” Spangenberg said.

    After starting every game in his four-year high school career, and recording 12 shutouts as his side went undefeated in his senior season, Spangenberg was named to the All-Area First Team, All-Conference First Team, and earned Player of the Year honors in the Northern Indiana Conference.

    His play led him to Missouri State University, where he helped the Bears claim the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship in three of his four seasons at the school. As the team succeeded, the individual accolades continued to accumulate for Spangenberg, as he set an MVC record for fewest goals allowed in a season, and became MSU’s all-time leader in goals-against average. He also set a school record for consecutive shutouts in a season, as he recorded seven straight clean sheets last fall in his senior season.

    As you would expect given his success, Spangenberg is not shy about working hard. Putting aside the comments of those who told him how hard it is to reach Major League Soccer, Spangenberg said that if you want something badly enough, and are willing to put in the time and effort to achieving your goal, then it can happem.

    “Start training and you’ll get out of it as much as you put in,” he said. “While my friends were having fun, I was putting in extra practices and tending to the small details. I wanted to improve, and so I constantly challenged myself.”

    Part of that challenge was to come back after injury in 2012 and play for the Demize in the PDL.

    “Armen Toniase, Chris Hanlon, Brenda Turnbull, and the other owners, and coaches Sean Fraser and Glen Johnson, were very supportive and allowed me to play in goal after being hurt and sitting out  the entire 2012 season,” Spangenberg said.

    Playing with the Demize allowed Spangenberg to gain additional experience, and prepare for the next collegiate season. Spangenberg is grateful to the Demize, and hopes that they can utilize his success to continue to build the program in Southwest Missouri.

    After graduating from MSU in December, 2013, Spangenberg played in Sweden, and got a call from his MSU coach that he would be attending a training camp in Arizona for Chivas USA. Even though Spangenberg was excited about the possibility of playing in MLS, he was cautious about getting his hopes up too high. He continued to train and prepare.

    Ultimately, Chivas USA selected him to take the remaining goalkeeping spot on the club’s roster.

    “I am so fortunate to be training with [Chivas USA starter] Dan Kennedy and learning from one of the best ‘keepers in the league,” Spangenberg said. “Since I am one of the youngest goalkeepers in MLS, it is important that I learn from the best.”

    When asked what he looked forward to most about playing in MLS, Spangenberg didn’t hesitate.

    “I want to know that I can play at this level of the game,” he said. “I want to be out there on the field playing, where there are 40,000-50,000 fans yelling at you.”

    The Demize’s fans will definitely be part of those cheering, and wishing Spangenberg the best all along the way. 


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    OKC Energy FC News Release -- www.energyfc.com

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC has announced the addition of Kickapoo Casino as a founding partner. In a statement, Kickapoo Casino said, “The Kickapoo Casino, an Enterprise of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, is excited to announce the expansion of our existing partnership with Prodigal LLC and their staff to bring Energy FC and professional soccer to the Oklahoma City community. Kickapoo Casino is honored to be a founding partner of Energy FC and excited to partner with an organization with a bright future.”

    "The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma takes great pride in growing Kickapoo Casino in a manner that highlights the surrounding organizations, communities, and cities of the Tribe," said Chairman of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma Gilbert Salazar. “The casino felt partnering with a highly respected and professional organization like Prodigal Sports was a great fit to expand the awareness of Kickapoo Casino for its locations in Harrah and Shawnee.”

    Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins is excited to work with Kickapoo moving forward as the partners bring professional soccer to Oklahoma City.

    “We thank Kickapoo Casino for joining us as a founding partner,” Hawkins said. “Our journey is going to be exciting as we bring professional soccer to Oklahoma City. We look forward to working with Kickapoo Casino as they grow with us in our journey.”

    Kickapoo Casino and Prodigal LLC have had an existing partnership through the Oklahoma City Barons since 2010.

    “Kickapoo Casino’s commitment and approach to growth has made this partnership a perfect fit,” said General Manager of Kickapoo Casino Harrah & Shawnee Che Downs. “We are proud to be a founding partner of this great organization as well as a contributor in the Oklahoma City community.”

    Season tickets for OKC Energy FC are available by calling the Energy FC office at 405-235-KICK (5425).


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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC has announced the signing of Welsh midfielder Chad Bond, Northern Irish forward Thomas Stewart, Montenegrin defender Nemanja Vuković and English defender Jack Lane, pending league approval. 

    Bond played for Port Talbot Town, a Welsh Premier League club, prior to joining Republic FC. Bond appeared in 14 matches for Port Talbot Town over a two-year span, scoring four goals. Bond has had two stints with English Premier League club Swansea City from 2003-2005 and then again from 2008-2010. He has also been a part of the Wales U-17 and U-19 teams.  Bond, also an 11-year veteran, has appeared in more than140 career matches scoring 31 goals.

    Vuković comes to Republic FC from FK Mladost Podgorica, a top-tier club in his hometown of Podgorica, Montenegro. Prior to playing for FK Mladost, Vuković was a member of MLS club, Columbus Crew, where he appeared in 15 matches recording two assists. Vuković brings 11 years of experience to Republic FC appearing in more than 130 matches in his career.

    Stewart comes to Republic FC from Shamrock Rovers FC, a Premier Division club in Ireland. Stewart has had two stints with Shamrock Rovers appearing in 32 matches and scoring 10 goals in 2010 and then appearing in 42 matches from 2012-2013 scoring 11 goals. In his eight-year career Stewart has appeared in 180 matches, scoring 51 goals.

    Lane comes to Republic FC after playing last year for the Ventura County Fusion. Lane started his career in Cheshire, England playing for for Macclesfield Town FC. Lane has also played for Salford City FC.

    “The players will be an integral part of the club Preki is putting together,” said Sacramento Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith.

    The Republic kick off their inaugural season in USL PRO on Saturday, March 29 as they visit the LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Center at 7:30 p.m. PT. The team's home opener is set for Saturday, April 26 at Hughes Stadium against the Harrisburg City Islanders, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT.


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    Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery have signed forward Heviel Cordovés, midfielder Maikel Chang and goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper for the 2014 USL PRO season. All three players return for a second year with the Charleston Battery after debuting in 2013. 

    Cordovés, Chang and Cooper were all members of the Cuban national team and defected to the United States prior to a FIFA World Cup qualifier in October 2012.

    Cordovés returns to the Battery for a second season after an excellent first year that saw him score seven goals in 24 games. Cordoves was part of the Cuba national team during the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification games.

    Chang returns to the Battery after an injury-blighted first year in 2013 that restricted him to just six games. The 21-year-old Chang, 5-foot-10, 175 lbs., was playing in his first World Cup qualifying campaign when he defected.

    Cooper returns to the Charleston Battery for a second season after an impressive first year that saw him earn the starting goalkeepers job.  Cooper played 22 USL PRO games with a goals against-average of 1.09 and seven shutouts. A native of Camaguey, Cuba, the 21-year-old Cooper, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., played for FC Camaguey in Cuba’s domestic league.

    The Charleston Battery kick off their USL PRO season this Saturday, March 22 against Orlando City. 2014 Charleston Battery season ticket packages and single game tickets are on sale now; for more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).

    Saturday’s game will be available locally on SportsRadio 1450 AM and will also be streamed live via the Charleston Battery website.  Immediately following the match on Saturday there will be a season-opening FIREWORKS spectacular.


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    Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release -- www.riverhounds.com

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the signing of forward Collins John.

    Photo courtesy Chicago Fire“Collins is a big, physical striker with a nose for scoring goals,” said Riverhounds Head Coach Justin Evans.  “He has a tremendous amount of attacking talent and will be a handful for defenses in this league."

    John, a 28-year old striker from the Netherlands spent five years in the English Premier League for Fulham where he tallied 20 goals in 92 appearances between 2004 and 2009.

    “Signing a player who has successfully performed on the world's biggest stage is undoubtedly monumental for our club,” said Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney, “and signing him at such a young age is obviously exciting.”

    John made 17 appearances, scoring three goals with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010. John was part of the Netherlands under-21 squad that won the 2006 European Championship in Portugal. He also had two international appearances with the Netherlands senior squad in 2004.

    John is the fourth addition to the Riverhounds roster from the 2013 season. He joins forward Joseph Ngwenya, midfielder Anthony Obodai, and defender Brian Fekete.

    The Riverhounds’ 2014 season officially begins on March 29 in Florida, against defending USL PRO champions Orlando City. The Hounds’ home opener at Highmark Stadium is set for April 12 against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

    For tickets and stadium information, go to Riverhounds.com.


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    Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Today Mayor Eric Papenfuse, the Dauphin County Commissioners, and the Harrisburg City Islanders announced the results of months of planning for a new multi-use stadium facility in 2016 at the current city owned Skyline Sports Complex on Harrisburg's City Island.

    "This new facility, once completed," said Mayor Papenfuse, "will upgrade the current facility seating to over 4,500 seats, create a new entrance plaza, a new concession area, locker rooms and restroom facilities, a new scoreboard, and a variety of other amenities designed to allow this facility to be a multi-use soccer field, youth development center, concert arena, and a wonderful destination facility completing the north end of City Island.  Furthermore, the financing of this project will not involve any City funds."

    As part of the process, a study conducted by Delta Development Inc was released entitled "The Benefits of a New City Islanders Stadium to the Harrisburg Community and its Economy."  The study documents that the new stadium will:

    - Attract 156,000 visitors annually who are expected to spend nearly $4 million per year in the local economy;
    - Increase the Islanders direct spending to nearly $3.4 million as well as creating direct employment of nearly 200 jobs including the construction project itself;  
    - Create ongoing annual benefits including  the many businesses that sell goods and services to the City Islanders which are expected to spend approximately $2.5 million annually in the local and regional economy;
    - Generate new state and local tax revenue of over $1 million during the construction of the facility and $910,000 each year-over five times that of the current facility; and,
    - Generate as much as $191,000 annually in amusement taxes for the City of Harrisburg. 

    "The players and the fans absolutely love our home field location here on City Island," said Islanders President Eric Pettis, "but it's important for us to plan for the future and lay out a strategy for building a newer and more modern facility that meets the standards of our rapidly expanding USL PRO.  We believe this study clearly documents the many economic and community benefits and impact that a new City Island facility will provide to soccer fans, local businesses,  and community youth athletic programs all across the City and the region."

    As part of the planning process for the new stadium, the Islanders have also produced a new video detailing the need for such a new facility which is viewable on their website.  In addition, a team of professionals for the pre-development phase of the stadium project have been assembled led by long-time city developer, Harristown Enterprises Inc. (project manager), R.S. Mowery (construction manager), By Design Consultants (planner/architects) and K&W (engineering and land development). Also, available as part of the announcement today was a complete cost estimate of the $14 Million stadium project and a set of schematic drawings of the new stadium project. Funding for the planning process and the study thus far was provided by a grant from the Dauphin County Commissioners. The Islanders have played at the Skyline Sports complex on City Island for the past decade.  

    The Harrisburg City Islanders are exclusive affiliate partners with the Philadelphia Union of MLS.  The Harrisburg City Islanders and the Philadelphia Union were the first teams to merge into partnership between MLS and USL PRO more than four years ago. This exclusive relationship was established in 2010 and has paved the way for both leagues expanding this partnership which includes interleague play.  Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union led by CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. 

    The Islanders Home Opener is slated for Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. against the Dayton Dutch Lions at the Skyline Sports Complex.  For more information go to www.cityislanders.com  or phone 717-441-4625.

    Follow the NEW Stadium Project on Twitter at @NEWstadiumHBG  or at Facebook at New Stadium Project HBG City Island.


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    Colorado Pride News Release - www.pridesoccer.com

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Pride announced another standout signing for the 2014 W-League season with the addition of experienced midfielder Holly King. The Pride have signed several established players during the past few weeks as Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici looks for an immediate impact from his team in its inaugural W-League season.

    King joins the Pride after a successful career at the University of Florida which included captaining the Gators in her senior season. King was a regular starter in her four years with the Gators, finishing her career with 80 starts at midfield and 12 goals. She earned numerous accolades in her time with the Gators, most notably being named an All-American in her final season.

    “Holly has a great tactical mind with a strong leadership mentality and will fit into an already strong Colorado Pride squad. We can’t wait to follow her throughout the season,” University of Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh said.

    King was selected 19th overall in the 2013 NWSL Draft and went on to sign with the Washington Spirit for the 2013 season. She appeared in 11 games for the Spirit and was used as both a central midfielder and a center back, showing her versatility at the highest level.

    “Holly will join a very competitive and deep roster and she will fit right in," Clitnovici said. "She has experience of the highest levels and ability to back it up. I’m sure Holly will contribute in many ways both on and off the field."

    The Pride will will host their final W-League tryout on Saturday, April 19 at Colorado College Washburn Field from 5-7 p.m. Clitnovici is looking for several positions to fill on the W-League roster. Interested players need to register ASAP.

    The date falls within all NCAA compliance and players are encouraged to attend and register via email to Clitnovici – dclitnovici@pridesoccer.com. Cost for the tryout is $30 per player and all players will need to register prior to the tryout. Registrations will NOT be accepted on the date of the tryout.

    Stay updated about the Colorado Pride W-League team via www.pridesoccer.com and www.facebook.com/pridesoccerclub.


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  • Sacramento Republic FC News Release -- www.sacrepublicfc.com

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC has announced the signing of midfielder Gilberto Dos Santos Souza Jr., pending league approval. The club has also announced the signings of defender Harrison Delbridge and midfielder Carlos Martinez, pending USSF approval.

    Gilberto Dos Santos Souza Jr. is commonly known as “Gilberto,” and comes to Republic FC from MLS club, the Philadelphia Union. Before joining the Union, Souza spent time with Brazilian clubs, Clube Altético Mineiro, América Mineiro, Clube de Regatas Brasil and Clube Atlético Sorocaba, where he appeared in 37 matches in three years. Souza is a native of Serrinha, Brazil and is best known for his strong defensive play.

    “Gilberto increases our defense in the midfield,” says Republic FC Technical Director, Graham Smith. “We are thrilled to have him here in Sacramento. He will be a great addition to our club.”

    Delbridge played last season with the Ventura County Fusion before joining to Republic FC. Delbridge was a four-year player at Appalachian State University where he appeared in 56 matches and scored eight goals as a defender.

    “Harrison Delbridge has a very imposing physical presence; he is a commanding figure,” said Smith. “He can be dangerous in set pieces in the opponent’s penalty area, particularly from corners and free kicks.”

    Martinez comes to Republic FC after spending the last two years with FC Energie Cottbus, a second tier German club. Martinez spent the first part of his career with FC Rot-Weiβ Erfurt. Martinez has also spent time on both the U-17 and U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team.

    “Carlos Martinez is a very interesting player, playing for both the U.S. National Team and in Europe,” said Smith. “He is a very keen young man with good technical ability.”

    Republic FC’s first USL PRO regular season match will be on Saturday, March 29 against the LA Galaxy II at Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles.


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