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Chartlotte Eagles Sign Debola Ogunseye

April 9, 2010 - United Soccer League (USL) - Charlotte Eagles News Release

The Charlotte Eagles are proud to announce the signing of forward Debola Ogunseye for the 2010 season. Ogunseye is a timely pickup who will be asked to fill some large boots, replacing veteran forwards Jacob Coggins and Dustin Swinehart.

Ogunseye, a 22-year-old native of Lagos, Nigeria, came to the U.S. to attend Newberry College in South Carolina, where hemade an immediate impact in 2006 and was a first-team NSCAA All-Appalachian Region selection, second-team Daktronics All-Appalachian Region pick and first-team All-South Atlantic Conference selection after netting 16 goals and adding six assists in 16 games. He also tallied four game-winning goals and back-to-back hat tricks.

Ogunseye was also named to the NSCAA and Daktronics All-Appalachian Region first teams and chosen as a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference selection in his final two seasons at Newberry. He finished his Newberry career in 2008 having amassed 48 goals, 19 assists and 115 total points in three seasons and ranks second all-time in goals scored at the school.

Ogunseye finished his college career in 2009-10 at Furman University in South Carolina, making his mark by netting the winning goal in Furman's first victory ever against national power Clemson University.

Last summer, Ogunseye made his United Soccer Leagues debut with the Mississippi Brilla of the Premier Development League (PDL). He helped his club to a conference championship and 9-1-6 record with a team-best 14 goals in 15 matches, earning All-Conference and All-League honors and being named a finalist for the PDL MVP award. Ogunseye's season in Mississippi earned him an invitation to the USL Men's Player Showcase in Charleston, S.C. this past February.

"I am real excited to have a player like Debola on the Eagles team," Charlotte Head Coach Mark Steffens said. "He is gifted in so many ways. I believe he will bring excitement to our game with his quickness and desire to make things happen. He is the type of player who makes everyone around him better; and always seems to be dangerous."

Ogunseye and the Charlotte Eagles kick off the 2010 season against Charleston Battery at Charlotte Christian Stadium (7301 Sardis Rd., Charlotte) on April 17, 2010, at 7 PM, ET.

Season tickets are available at www.CharlotteEagles.com. For groups larger than 15 contact the ticket office at tickets@charlotteeagles.com or call 704-841-8166, ext. 27. Purchase your tickets online today and receive an early bird special!

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