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Harrisburg Heat Sign DeGraffenreidt and Harris

September 13, 2019 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Harrisburg Heat News Release

The Harrisburg Heat are pleased to announce two new player signings. The Harrisburg Heat signed defender, Michael DeGraffenreidt and midfielder/defender Malcolm Harris. Both are first year players in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) and both players were signed to three year contracts. Per team and league policies, financials terms of the agreements are not disclosed.

Michael DeGraffenreidt has many accolades throughout his young career. Coming out of Maryland as the state high school player of the year. Michael went to college at the University of Louisville where he was a four year starter. At Louisville, Michael was honored on the All Rookie Team and All Conference Team. After college, Michael was invited to the Major League Soccer (MLS) combine and was drafted in the third round of the 2017 MLS Super Draft by New York City FC. After suffering an injury in training camp for New York City FC, DeGraffenreidt began his professional soccer career for Nashville SC in the United Soccer League in 2018.

Quote from Michael DeGraffenreidt - "I am looking forward to this new experience and I am humbled to be a part of this organization."

Malcolm Harris also has had many achievements in his soccer career. Malcolm was a high school All American at McDonogh High School in Maryland and was a member of the United States National Youth Team. Malcolm was a four year starter in college with his first year being at the University of Denver and then transferring to UMBC for his last three years. Malcolm help lead the UMBC team to the NCAA Division 1 Final Four in 2014. In 2015, Harris was named to the All East Region 1st Team and was named Defender of the Year in the America East Conference. Malcolm Harris began his professional career in Sweden in 2018 playing for Sala FF.

Quote From Malcolm Harris - "I'm really excited to have signed with Harrisburg. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Healey and the rest of the squad. Indoor is a different game from outdoor so I look forward to learning from the veterans and other guys. It'll be fun!"

Quote from Pat Healey - Harrisburg Heat Head Coach and General Manager - "I believe that these are two special signings. I coached both Malcolm and Michael in youth soccer so I know them very well. Malcolm is a technical player that has the ability to play multiple positions effectively. He had a great college career at UMBC and I look forward to him developing into a great professional player. Michael can change the game with his speed and toughness. He was a rock solid defender at University of Louisville and in time he will be that for the Harrisburg Heat. I am honored to have these two players join our team and I look forward to them joining our returning core of players."

The MASL has 17 teams stretching across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Harrisburg Heat's first home game will be on Saturday, December 7th at the Farm Show Arena. Game time is 7:05 P.M. The league is expected to announce the 2019-2020 schedule this Fall. For ticket information, please contact the Heat at tickets@harrisburgheat.com.


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