March 24, 2008 - United Soccer League (USL) - Charlotte Eagles
The Charlotte Eagles confirmed earlier today the signing of Jeff Bilyk at Eagles Headquarters in Matthews, North Carolina. The former Clemson Tiger standout brings MLS experience and strength to the Eagles midfield as the team prepares for their 16th season in the USL-2. The announcement is the second of the day as the Eagles already announced the addition of USL-2 2006 MVP Robert Ssejjemba.
While at Clemson, Bilyk received All-South and All-ACC Second Team honors while helping guide the Tigers to the ACC Championship in 1998. He then went on to play for the Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer from 1999-2001 before moving to the Milwaukee Rampage of the USL 1st Division where he helped the Rampage to the 2001 USL 1st Division Championship.
The Bayport, NY native spent the remainder of his career with the USL-1 Virginia Beach Mariners from 2002-2006 before moving to Charlotte where he reunites with former Mariner teammate and Eagles defender, Steve Shak. That time also included a brief stint with English side Norwich City.
In addition to anchoring Charlotte's midfield, Bilyk will continue to be involved in the community as he was recently hired to be an assistant coach for Davidson College's men's soccer program.
Charlotte Eagles GM Tom Engstrom agreed today in a statement that the signing of a player with the kind of resume and passion for the game like Bilyk's is one that the team has been looking forward to. "We feel fortunate to sign a player with Jeff's ability and experience. We also like the intensity and competitiveness that he will bring to the team."
In addition to Ssejjemba, the public could see that experience and skill as soon as this Saturday as the Eagles begin their pre-season play at Winthrop University in the Manchester Cup. The team will play two matches that day with the first against UNC Wilmington at 10:45am, followed by a late game against Furman University at 8:45pm.
The Eagles open up their 2008 USL-2 season on April 19th against Bermuda at UNC Charlotte's TransAmerica Field, before playing the remainder of their season at Charlotte Christian in South Charlotte. Season Tickets are on sale now at www.CharlotteEagles.com.