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Rattlers F.C. Send Three to New York

July 17, 2011 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC New York News Release

Rattlers F.C. will send three players to New York for a personal tryout with their affiliate F.C. New York, Derek Dodrill- a defender from New Mexico, Alex Harlley- an attacking midfielder from Rosamond,CA (originally from ToGo Africa), and Matt Niescierowicz- a defending midfielder from Banff of the UK (England) have been invited to New York by the Rattlers F.C. pro affiliate to participate in a week long training session with team. Mr. Doug Petersen, CEO and Paul Shaw, Head Coach of F.C. New York has asked that the Rattlers F.C. attend camp with the pro team July 25th- 28th for the purpose of giving them a personal try-out.

"This is our main purpose for the team", said Gerald Brunner of Rattlers F..C. "This gives them something they would of never gotten anywhere else. Anyone can go to a open pro tryout. Advantages to OUR affiliation is that there isn't over 200 other players trying for what may be only one or two spots on the team. This is such a huge thing for the guys! They get looked at on a more intimate level. They will train and scrimmage with the first team and with the coaches and trainers in attendance to evaluate each player. Having only three players means the coach will be looking at only them. They will have the coach's undivided attention on them for four days of training. Very few teams can offer this to their players. I believe in the NPSL we are the only team with a pro affiliate at this time. We haven't gotten to the point yet like in baseball where the coaches and scouts are out visiting teams throughout the season. They are based on our evaluation and recommendations. They get a personal invitation to join the pro team and get an opportunity to stage their talent. It's not something where we can invite the whole team.

We have to maintain credibility with the pro affiliate so therefore we have to make sure we are sending quality players that we firmly believe can step onto a pro field and help the team perform." Brunner continued to explain,"We have to be somewhat picky on who we suggest. We have other players that I believe can also play and perform at the professional level, but they may not be ready at this time. I don't want to send players that they will get excited about and then come to find out they can't join the team due to other commitments, such as school. Players in college must finish college first. This means any players in school that may have what it takes to move up, can't, at this particular time. This means we don't get a players hopes up that can't advance at this time.We don't want to waste the teams time and energy looking at someone they can not do anything with."

Derek Dodrill- a 23 year old defender from New Mexico attended Kansas Wesleyan University before joining the Rattlers F.C. While at KWU in 2008-2009 he made first team all KCAC as a midfielder/defender and 2nd team All KCAC in 2010. He helped lead his team to the regular season championships in 2007-2008 and 2010. He also lead his team as captain to two National Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Alex Harlley-a 19 year old, originally form ToGo Africa, presently resides in Rosamond, California. He started playing in Africa at the age of 6 and played for the National team U-17 before moving to the United States in Feb. 2010. Alex attends Rosamond High School and was awarded last season with MVP of the high desert league and top goal scorer in the league. He comes from a family of soccer players. In fact, Alex is the nephew of the famous player in Real Madrid, Emmanuel Adeboyor. It is easy to see the talent that is in this kids blood. He's an excellent player; on and off the ball, has a rocket of a shot, and most importantly, he is a wonderful person to be around. He has a very good personality and is well mannered. Character counts!

Matt Niescierowicz- will be turning 26 this fall and came to the Rattlers F.C. by recommendation of the Rattlers F.C. Captain, Stephen Martines. Matt is here from his native country England. He was born in 1984 in Banff, UK and currently lives in Sherman Oaks, CA. He travels daily to the Antelope Valley to train and play with the Rattlers F.C. Matt is an excellent defending midfielder who causes nothing but havoc for the other team! He is a get in your face type player that can go continuously giving 100% for 90 minutes on the pitch. Matt is good both on and off the ball with good ball control and decision making.

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