Battery Signs Midfielder Ugo Okoye & Forward Alon Lubezky
Charleston, SC. The Charleston Battery has signed Nigerian midfielder Ugo Okoye and Israeli striker, Alon Lubezky for the 2005 USL First Division season. Okoye joins Charleston after impressing at the first week of player trials held last December. Lubezky arrives at the Battery for his rookie pro-season after a stand-out four-year college career at the University of Hartford.
Charleston Battery Head Coach, Mike Anhaeuser,
"We noticed Ugo's ability at the first Battery combine in December; he has the potential to be a creative player in our midfield. Despite his stature he is very strong with the ball and defensively. I was informed of Alon's ability prior to the MLS combines and I liked his movement, work-rate and finishing quality during my time in LA. Alon brings an excellent scoring record from college and hopefully he will carry this over into his professional career. "
Midfielder, Ugo Okoye, 5-8, 24 yrs., 160 lbs., joins the Charleston Battery for the 2005 USL First Division season after impressing at the first Charleston Battery player trials held last December. Okoye's most recent club is the Nigerian side, Highlanders F.C.
A native of Anambra, Nigeria, Okoye began his professional career with Plateau United of the Nigerian Premier League. He spent two years with Plateau before being transferred to Iwuanyanwu National F.C. Okoye played three seasons with Iwuanyanwu before joining Highlanders F.C.
Okoye has represented Nigeria twice at the full national level; he has also played with the U17, U20 & U23 Nigeria Men's National Team.
Forward, Alon Lubezky, 24 yrs., 6-2, 180lbs., joins the Charleston Battery for his rookie pro-season. Lubezky was a four-year starter at the University of Hartford; he scored 62 goals with 21 assists in 77 games played and is the University's all-time leading goal scorer. Lubezky majored in Economics and Finance and was named to the ESPN Academic All-American Second Team in 2004 and the CoSida Academic All-American First Team in 2003.
A native of Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel, Lubezky has played for the Israeli U17 National team. Lubezky attended the 2005 MLS Combine in Los Angeles.
Carolina Challenge Cup
Tickets for the 2005 Carolina Challenge Cup, March 19 - 25, featuring Major League Soccer's DC United, the Columbus Crew, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Charleston Battery are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets for each doubleheader or for the six match series. Tickets for single doubleheaders (includes two games) are priced at $25 Club / Box & $15 bleacher.
Series Tickets (includes all three double-headers)
Series Tickets - Club / Box $50 - Bleacher $35
Season Ticket Holder Series Tickets - Club / Box $40
Group Discount - Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more please call (843) 971-4625.
2005 season ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at only $120. Memberships to the Three Lions Club and Battery Club are still available plus this season the Charleston Battery is offering a new Flex Pack season ticket package. To purchase season tickets or for more information please call (843) 971-GOAL or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
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