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Charlotte Reloads With South American Talent

March 12, 2008 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Charlotte Eagles News Release

The Charlotte Eagles announced today the signings of Colombian Jorge Herrera and Uruguayan Gustavo Bentos. Bentos and Herrera are the first official announced signings of 2008 for the Charlotte Eagles, as the team prepares for preseason training on March 17th. Both Bentos and Herrera will be introduced to the press this Saturday, March 15th for the Charlotte Eagles Press Conference at Siskey YMCA beginning at 11:30am. Both players will be available for interviews immediately following the press conference.

Jorge Herrera exploded into USL-2 for the Eagles at the start of last season as the 27 year old midfielder had 5 assists and 1 goal in only 5 games played for Charlotte. Due to international visa issues, Herrera returned to Colombia following his fifth game for the Eagles. During that time he played professionally in Paraguay while awaiting his return to the Eagles earlier this month. As one of the most technically sound players on the team last year, USL Hall of Fame Coach Mark Steffens was not shy about his feelings of Herrera being back for the entirety of 2008. "We are excited to have Jorge back with us for 2008," remarked Steffens. "Jorge provided tremendous contribution to us during his time last year on and off the field, and we are looking forward to much of the same this season."

Gustavo Bentos comes to Charlotte to play his first season in the United Soccer Leagues, but experience is in no way lacking for the 31 year old forward from Uruguay. After playing for both the U-17 and U-20 Uruguayan National Teams, Bentos spent his professional career in Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile. In Bolivia, Gustavo scored 19 goals in 35 games, and was third in scoring for the First Division of Bolivia. In 2005 Gustavo played in Fernandez Vial only half the season while netting 13 goals in 20 games played. His most recent stint was with Chilean club Deportes Copiapo. Bentos not only comes with an impressive resume, but also a strong passion for the community which will make him a great addition to the Charlotte Eagles' roster in 2008.

Both Bentos and Herrera, along with the rest of the 2008 Eagles roster will be at Siskey YMCA for the Eagles Press Conference to unveil the new 2008 uniforms, and announce new major partners including the introduction of a Costa Rican investment group that will be making its presence known in the Greater Charlotte community. Mecklenburg County and Matthews officials will also be in attendance to give a brief update of the Sportsplex being developed in Matthews. This complex will serve as the future permanent home of the Charlotte Eagles.

EAGLES SEASON OPENER - Sat. April 19th @ UNC Charlotte, 7:00pm

The Charlotte Eagles will kick off their 2008 season with a special visit to UNC Charlotte, as the Eagles pro team hosts the Bermuda Hogges. Kick off is slated for 7:00 pm at UNC Charlotte's TransAmerica Field on April 19th. Tickets for the match can be purchased online at Fans save $2.00/ticket when purchasing in advance. Season tickets are also available online and are the best way to save money and get the best of Charlotte Eagles pro soccer action. UNC Charlotte is located off of University City Blvd. in east Charlotte. All remaining regular season home games for the Eagles and Lady Eagles will be played at Charlotte Christian School Stadium in southeast Charlotte.

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