FC Tampa Bay Rowdies Sign Five New Players
FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (FC Tampa Bay) announce the signing of five additional players to the 2010 inaugural season roster. FC Tampa Bay has signed two goalkeepers, Daryl Sattler and Phillip Lamarre, and three additional players, Long Tan, Aaron Wheeler and Gordon Kljestan.
Daryl Sattler, American goalkeeper, previously played for the Wilmington Hammerheads in 13 games and was named 2009 USL Second Division (USL-2) Goalkeeper of the Year. Sattler also captained Wilmington to the USL-2 Regular Season Championship, where they won 12 of the 20 games played.
Phillip Lamarre, who attended the third FC Tampa Bay combine in January, played for Florida Atlantic University (FAU) from 2006 to 2008, starting in 55 games as goalkeeper. Lamarre, who captained the team in 2007 and 2008, holds FAU's record for the most shutouts (14) and goalkeeper minutes (5,091:50) and is second for the most saves (205) and wins (22).
"We are delighted to not only have captured two outstanding goalkeepers, but also two outstanding characters," said Paul Dalglish, head coach. "Both of them captained their respective teams and will be incredible assets to our team and organization."
Prior to FC Tampa Bay, Long Tan, a former Chinese youth national team member, was the top goal scorer for the FC Atlanta Blackhawks in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) in 2009. Tan has also played for Shanghai Zobon (2008-2009), Shanghai Seven Stars (2007-2008) and Shanghai United FC (2004-2006).
Aaron Wheeler, an American striker, played for the USL PDL team Reading Rage before joining FC Tampa Bay. Wheeler earned the league's MVP award and was the top goal scorer with 18 goals in 2008. Wheeler also played for Towson University and Lenoir-Rhyne University from 2005 to 2008. He was named a two-time NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region First Team and a three time All South Atlantic Conference First Team member.
"Long Tan and Aaron are two of the most outstanding performers from last year's PDL season," said Dalglish. "Both are young players with vast potential who will blossom within our organization."
Gordon Kljestan, an American left back, was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 and signed with the New York Red Bulls in 2008. Prior to joining FC Tampa Bay, Kljestan played for Cleveland City Stars in 22 games.
"Gordon is an experienced offensive left back who will allow us to play the attractive, attacking style of soccer we hope to be known for at FC Tampa Bay," said Dalglish. "I'm delighted with this signing and the amount of talent we've managed to bring on board not only for this season but for the future as well. We've achieved our goal to sign influential and exciting players to our roster and I know the fans will be entertained watching our games in the coming seasons."
FC Tampa Bay will start its full team training camp and preseason on March 1, 2010. The team will play five to six preseason games throughout the Tampa Bay area. The first regular season game for the team will be played on April 16 against Crystal Palace Baltimore at the UMBC Stadium.
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